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Night of the Great Pumpkin Coming to The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg — The State Museum of Pennsylvania will celebrate the harvest season with free, family-friendly activities during “Night of the Great Pumpkin,” Friday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. 

This special event coincides with “3rd in the Burg,” Harrisburg’s monthly arts and entertainment celebration.

This year’s event offers seasonal crafts and snacks and focuses on the natural history exhibits found on the third floor of the museum. Children and their parents will enjoy a live animal demonstration in Mammal Hall by Triple J Reptiles & Rescue.

Visitors can also see the planetarium show, “Losing the Dark” and a special presentation on fossils, including Pennsylvania’s state fossil the trilobite.

A special Halloween book reading will be held for younger visitors and the Harrisburg Young Professionals will offer a creative pumpkin carving demonstration.

“This year’s program focuses on critters and things that bump in the night. It takes place early enough in the evening to be convenient for children and their families,” said State Museum Director David Dunn.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. 

With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary era, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth's vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is America’s story.

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Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639