Fright Takes Flight As Air & Scare Takes Over at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

October 9, 2015
News Release

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host its annual “Air & Scare” family day from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Visitors will enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating and spooky activities for all ages at this free event.

Designed with the whole family in mind, aerospace will come alive with fun activities, all with a Halloween twist. Participants will enjoy spooky crafts, trick-or-truth stations, science experiments and treat giveaways. The Tot Zone will feature space-themed activities and a dress-up corner. The Rainbow Puppets will perform their show “Take a Giant Leap,” and the Airbus IMAX Theater will offer free showings of Toy Story of Terror. Everyone’s favorite Star Wars and Ghostbusters characters will be on-hand for photo opportunities, including a 21-foot-tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. This year’s hottest new addition is a Fire Safety Escape Course. Returning favorites include Paper Scare-Plane Design Challenge, the Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch and Air & Scary Lego Creations.

Attendees are encouraged to come in their favorite space or flight-themed costume. For safety purposes, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age. Admission is free, but parking is $15 until 6 p.m. Public transportation is also available via the Silver Line Metro and Fairfax Connector bus. “Air & Scare” is made possible by Mars Chocolate North America LLC. For more information and a full list of activities, visit

The National Air and Space Museum is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. Regular daily hours for both facilities are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25).

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