Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Air and Scare
Air and Scare


Please note: For security reasons, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age.

Spooktivity Stations

Participate in creepy crafts and Halloween-themed activities throughout the Center, including annual favorites, Ghostblasters, the Robotic Zone, and the Crazy Science station. Additional 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 that there is an alien ship in the Museum's collection? Learn the answers to these and many more haunting questions. Located throughout the building.

Treat Stations

Free candy and other goodies will be distributed at treat stations located throughout the building.

Tot Zone

Designed for ages two to six, the Tot Zone caters to the tiniest visitors, who will enjoy playing dress-up and participating in space-themed activities.

Teen and Tween Zone

Created with teens and tweens in mind but open to all ages, the Teen and Tween Zone lets you test your skills at the Paper Scare Plane Design Challenge and Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch, and get a temporary tattoo.

Take a Giant Leap Puppet Show

Rainbow Puppets will perform at 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 pm. (Duration: 30 minutes)

Interactive Musical Show

Oran Sandel will present an interactive show, Professor Wingnut Wants To Fly, at 3:00 and 5:00 pm.

Flights of Fancy Story Time

Enjoy a reading of Blackout by John Rocco at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:30, and 5:00 pm.

Photo Opportunites

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

Underwater Robotics with the Office of Naval Research

Learn how to build remotely-operated underwater robots with the Office of Naval Research SeaPerch Program.

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.

Flying Mammals

See a display of the flying mammals, presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Airbus IMAX Theater Presentations

Following is the schedule for the Airbus IMAX Theater. Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, located near the Welcome Center near the main entrance.

Hidden Universe (43 min.): 10:15 am, 4:50 pm

D-Day: Normandy 1944 (43 min.): 11:10 am, 3:15, 6:20 pm

To Fly! (27 min.): 12:05 pm

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (45 min.): 12:45 pm

Hubble (40 min.): 1:40 pm

Free Cartoon Showings

Free tickets for Casper's Halloween Special will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at the theater's lower level entrance. The 25-minute cartoon will be shown at these times:

Ticket Distribution Time: 1:55 pm, Showtime: 2:35 pm

Ticket Distribution Time: 3:30 pm, Showtime: 4:10 pm

Ticket Distribution Time: 5:45 pm, Showtime: 5:45 pm

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

Kids at Air & Scare

Air & Scare at the Udvar-Hazy Center