Oriental Institute Hosts Mummies Night Oct. 25

October 14, 2014


Looking for an unusual Halloween treat for the family? With a bit of education tossed in for good measure?

Wrap yourself and the kids around Mummies Night, to be held Oct. 25 at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. The museum, which showcases the history and artifacts of the ancient Near East, has been holding Mummies Night for more than a decade. The family-friendly event is packed with activities aimed at children ages 5 to 12.

Kids and adults alike are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes, but outfits don’t have to be Eastern themed.

“They can come in whatever costume they want,” says youth and family program coordinator Moriah Grooms-Garcia. “We’re looking forward to seeing (a) Supergirl posing with a 16-foot-tall statue of King Tut.”

Children can participate in various arts and crafts, including creating their own ancient monster-themed trick-or-treat bags. Participants can also vie for prizes in a scavenger hunt throughout the Egyptian gallery, try on reconstructions of ancient costumes, and pose for photos in front of a backdrop of the pyramids. Everyone is encouraged to take part in drawing an Egyptian-style wall mural.

Although the event’s activities will center on ancient Egypt, the entire museum will be open for browsing its antiquities collection.

5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th St. Free admission; registration is not required but recommended: Go to eventbrite.com (type “mummies night” in the search field). Details, call 773-702-9507.

This post originally appeared on ChicagoTribune.com on Oct. 13, 2014.

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