Bewitched by Bugs, Bats and Bones

November 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment


The pumpkin splits open, and the fresh scent of pumpkin fills the air as several excited staff members and volunteers begin to scoop the pulpy gooey mess from the inside.  After much squishiness and a few laughs, the pumpkins are finally prepared for Bugs, Bats & Bones Day—Fernbank’s annual Halloween event for families.

I’m happy I didn’t have to carve all the pumpkins (that will be used to decorate the Museum during the event) myself. My secret? I’m really not a good carver, but I love all the fun designs staff come up.DSC_0004

I can always tell when Bugs, Bats & Bones Day is getting close. The air gets a little crisper outside, the kids go back to school, and I find myself eyeing every Halloween catalogue and display that crosses my path. I’m drawn to all things skeleton, bat, insect, and of course, pumpkin.

“Would that make a neat game? How can I sneak some education into Plinko? How much fake spider web does one need so the insects will get stuck on a 20 foot web?” These are my dilemmas. My office shelves are piled high with bat craft supplies, plastic insects, and various candy and treats.

This has to be one of my favorite events of the year.  Watching Museum guests come through the door with wide smiles dressed in costumes is plenty reward for all of the planning. We’ve seen dinosaurs, lady bugs, princesses, fire fighters and a very convincing lobster. I think one of my favorite moments was watching a 1-year-old ballerina in a pink tutu hug “Rantula,” our human sized tarantula costumed character. She looked so utterly delighted with herself that I think we might have a future entomologist on our hands. You know, only if she studies insects after ballet practice.

I love watching the kid’s eyes go wide as they explore animal x-rays, touch live insects, and try to toss a ring around a real pumpkin stem. Wait we’re learning??  This seems like so much fun!

For now I’ll munch on my pumpkin seeds, smile at the cat ears sitting on the corner of my desk and wait for next October, when I can share all of Fernbank’s Halloween fun.  

Just don’t tell anyone I can’t carve a pumpkin very well.

-Kristy Richardson, Family Programs Specialist


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