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10/30 Museum of the Macabre: An Evening of Potions, Poisons, and Plants

November 2, 2021 — Big thanks to everyone who attended the return of Museum of the Macabre on Saturday, October 30! We are delighted to celebrate a favorite fall tradition with you and are already scheming up next year’s journey into the dark side of nature.

Explore photos from the event here!


Come in costume and imbibe cauldron-concocted cocktails while exploring the dark side of nature. The fifth annual Museum of the Macabre will be bigger than ever with freakish festivities and special exhibits throughout the Museum and spreading outdoors into the park. This year’s tricks and treats will explore the mysterious worlds of potions, poisons, and plants, including:

  • Outdoor screening of Little Shop of Horrors with Westside Video
  • The Unnatural History of Houseplants with the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden
  • Natural dye potion making
  • Surprising Things That Can Kill You with geochemists Gavin Piccione and Jessica Gagliardi
  • Costume contest: Dress on theme for a chance to win a costume prize! This year’s theme is “potions, poisons, and plants.”
  • Treats for sale including Areperia 831, Discretion Beer, and curated cocktails
  • and many other shocking examples of nature’s dark side…

Accessibility and COVID Protocol

  • The event will occur at Tyrrell Park and inside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.
  • Masks will be required inside.
  • Capacity limits will be placed on indoor settings and there are a limited number of tickets available.
  • Please follow local guidelines for COVID safety at the time of the event.
  • The Museum and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Park festivities will be on both level and slanted grass.

Costume Policy

  • Costumes should not be obstructive or offensive in nature.
  • Costumes should not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that may accidentally strike guests or exhibits.
  • Costumes should not contain any elements which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Our thanks to our event sponsors and partners!