The front exterior of the Gorgas House Museum

Weeklong Haunting at the Museum’s Spooky Activities Return

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Get in the Halloween spirit with the return of Haunting at the Museum, hosted by University of Alabama Museums, starting Oct. 23. 

For those who enjoy ghost stories, the Gorgas House Museum will be providing free haunted tours Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30-31. Guests will hear spooky stories associated with the home during regular operating hours from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. 

“The haunted tours allow guests to engage with the space in fun and seasonal ways that differ from the typical tour experience,” said Dr. Brandon Thompson, director of the Gorgas House Museum. “We find that visitors often come to the museum for these types of seasonal events and will come back to the museum to visit and have the normal day-to-day experience.”

For a more family and kid-friendly event, the Alabama Museum of Natural History will host its free Haunting at the Museum Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will feature a visit from Big Al from 6 to 7 p.m., costume contest, mad scientist experiments, crafts and other fun activities. The winner of the contest, which will be selected by the guests, will take home a prize.

“We are most excited for Big Al’s appearance and the costume contest,” said Joyia Davis, education outreach coordinator at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. “We encourage all to come in costume and enjoy a fun-filled night with science themed activities and crafts.”

In addition to the after-hours event, the Alabama Museum of Natural History will have lights, candy and a scavenger hunt available during the week of Oct. 23. General admission is $5 for adults, $3 for K-12 students and free for children 5 years and under. Families with kids in costume are free during the week.

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.


Rebecca Johnson, UA Museums,, 205-348-6283