Air & Scare

October 21, 2017 | 12:00pm - 5:30pm
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Free, Parking $15

Explore the spooky side of air and space at Air & Scare, our annual Halloween event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating.

Note: For safety purposes, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age.

Air & Scare is one of our most popular annual events.  Please be aware of high-volume attendance and allow for additional time for parking and security screening.

See our air and space themed pumpkin carving templates below >


There's something for everyone at Air & Scare. Highlights include: 

Spooktivity Stations
Participate in activities that celebrate the Magic of Science and Halloween-themed activities located throughout the Udvar-Hazy Center. Annual favorites include the Robotic Zone, Broom Launch , and Crazy Science.

Discovery Stations
Take part in spooky science experiments, including levitation, luminous and invisible ink.

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.

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

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

Monster Revue! Puppet Show
This show, featuring Susan Wall’s Carousel Puppets, will take place at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.

Flights of Fancy Story Time
Enjoy readings of Space Spinners by Suse MacDonald and participate in the Anita the Spider hands-on activity at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00.

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

Free Cartoon Showings
Free showings of Halloween-themed Tom and Jerry cartoons will take place at 12:30, 2:05, and 4:10 pm. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis 40 minutes before each show.  

Fairfax County Park Authority
Participate in Make a Witch’s Broom, Bat Facts, and Make a Comet hands-on activities with the Fairfax County Park Authority and Frying Pan Farm Park.

Fire Safety Home Escape Simulation Course
Learn about fire safety with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).


Try Your Hand At Carving an Air and Space Themed Pumpkin

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This program is made possible through the generous support of Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC.