AquaS­car­ium at the Aquar­ium

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The Ten­nessee Aquar­ium’s Oc­to­ber fun goes out with a bang — or maybe a “Boo!” — on Fri­day, Oct. 26, with the re­turn of AquaS­car­ium.

AquaS­car­ium is the Aquar­ium’s an­nual fam­ily friendly Hal­loween bash. This af­ter-hours event has be­come a tra­di­tion for many, and one of Chat­tanooga’s big­gest Hal­loween events.

Guests are en­cour­aged to come in cos­tume for a spooky (but not TOO spooky) party from 4 to 8 p.m. that will sprawl through­out both build­ings and the Aquar­ium plaza.

Tour­ing the River Jour­ney and Ocean Jour­ney build­ings af­ter-hours of­fers guests the chance to see an­i­mal ac­tiv­ity that is dif­fer­ent from what they would wit­ness dur­ing the day.

When they ar­rive, guests can get their faces painted be­fore snap­ping a selfie or two with pop­u­lar cos­tumed char­ac­ters and Aquar­ium mas­cots. They can also get their groove on dur­ing the Mon­ster Mash dance party.

In­side, vis­i­tors can bag some of the sweet stuff at more than a dozen trick- or- treat sta­tions through­out both build­ings. As they ex­plore the gal­leries, vis­i­tors will en­counter mer- maids, pi­rates and other cos­tumed guests, some of whom will be lead­ing spe­cial an­i­mal pro­grams.

AquaS­car­ium is a safe Hal­loween party for all ages, but younger guests must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Aquar­ium mem­bers and their chil­dren can at­tend for $8. Non­mem­ber tick­ets are $40 for adults, $30 ages 3-12. All tick­ets in­clude ad­mis­sion to both Aquar­ium build­ings and AquaS­car­ium ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pur­chase AquaS­car­ium tick­ets on­line at https://com­mu­nity.tnaqua.org/events/mem­ber- pro­grams/fall/2018/aquas­car­ium-2018. Tick­ets will also be sold at the door.

CASEY PHILLIPS PHOTO

A young vis­i­tor at 2017’s AquaS­car­ium watches pen­guins swim­ming.

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