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Fernbank goes batty with annual Halloween fest

Fernbank Museum will get in the Halloween spirit with its annual Bugs, Bats & Bones Day on Oct. 24. With fun for every age, Fernbank's interpretation of Halloween is a different way to enjoy the holiday for the whole family.

From live insect encounters to close-up investigations of animal X-rays, Fernbank's annual Halloween fun fest will feature an assortment of learning activities themed to match the holiday. Visitors will have the chance to meet a variety of creepy-crawly bugs.

New this year, the Georgia Bat Working Group will have a research station set up for people to explore how bats make the world a better place, a contrast to their misunderstood reputations.

"Fernbank brings out the natural history in Halloween," said Brandi Berry, Fernbank's Director of Public Relations and Promotions. "Fernbank's hands-on approach to natural history will make this Halloween at the museum a hit."

This event is not just science and history; face painting, crafts and games for all ages will be offered. Felix the Flying Fox, actually a special type of bat, will make an appearance to pose for photos with kids.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costumes and treats will be given to those who dress up. Fernbank has also invited the KSU Tellers to give spooky storytelling performances. Shows by this critically acclaimed troupe will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Berry said the museum has added a number of new attractions to the event "so people that come back year after year get to experience something different."