Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Air and Scare
Air and Scare

This annual event takes place in October every year.


Here are just some of the types of activities people enjoyed at 2013's Air & Scare.

Spook-Tivity Stations

Participate in creepy crafts and Halloween-themed activities throughout the Center. Enjoy these annual favorites: Ghostblasters, Witch Rockets, and Witch Story Time. More stations are located throughout the building.

Discovery Stations

Take part in spooky science experiments.

Trick-or-Truth Information Stations

What really went on at Area 51? Is it true there is an alien ship in the Museum's collection? Learn the answers to these and many more haunting questions. Located throughout the building.

Tot Zone

Designed for ages three to seven, this nook caters to the tiniest visitors who will enjoy playing dressup and participating in story time and a craft activity.

Teen and Tween Zone

Created with teens and tweens in mind, this area is open to all ages. Learn how to pack a parachute, test your piloting skills on flight simulators, and get a temporary tattoo.

Buzzy the Frog and Friends

Magical Puppet Theater will perform at 2:00, 3:00, and 5:00 pm.(Duration: 30 minutes)

Interactive Story Time

3:45, 4:30, 5:45, and 6:30 pm

Face Painting

Free face painting is available next to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

Photo Opportunities

Take a photo with costumed Star Wars and Ghostbusters characters as well as a 21-foot tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Observation Tower

Watch air traffic at Dulles International Airport from the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower. The line for the tower closes at 4:30 pm and the tower closes at 5:00 pm.


Take a look at the sky through professional telescopes, weather permitting, or simply explore how they work at the indoor station.


See a display of the flying mammals, presented by the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Vertebrate Zoology.

Free Cartoon Showings!

Free tickets for the family-friendly cartoon "The Jetsons: Haunted Halloween" will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at the Airbus IMAX Theater's lower level entrance. Ticket distribution will begin 40 minutes before each showing. The cartoon will be shown at 2:35pm, 4:00pm, and 5:40pm.

Activity map

Activity Locations

Air and Scare Brochure

Download & print the Air & Scare brochure.

Air & Scare 2007 at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Air & Scare 2007

Teens and Adults in Costume at Air & Scare

Star Wars Characters at Air & Scare at the Udvar-Hazy Center