A spooktacular Halloween returns to the Cade

A young Jedi builds spaceships and robots with Edison’s Pile of Junk at the Cade Museum in 2020. 

Press release from the Cade Museum

From tricks and treats to oozy slime and creepy fake blood, a witch’s brew of fun awaits kids and families at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention on Halloween weekend. 

Sparks and Spooks takes over the Cade Museum the entire day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 30.  

The Halloween spooktacular features a safe environment with games and activities that will cast a spell of curiosity on all those who participate. Kids can learn about the macabre and mysterious forces of nature from the Cade’s own mad scientists while participating in engaging, sensory-friendly activities and arts and crafts.  

Howling surprises await from the Cade’s 3D printer, demonstrations in the Creativity and Fab Labs, and full access to the museum’s current theme and exhibits: Toys & GamesMeasurement Rules, and The Great Indoors

Children (17 years & under) get in free in costume, so bring your little superheroes, monsters, and beasties all suited up to the Oct. 30th event. 

Part of an annual tradition, Sparks and Spooks has included in past years a scavenger hunt, mini spider-launching catapults, “Makey Makey with Pumpkins” on a mobile cart, and an electro ball and conductivity test tubes —literally, hair-raising fun. 

“We have been having a blast planning Sparks and Spooks at the Cade — we love the fall and all the madcap make-believe that comes with it,” said Stephanie Bailes, the museum’s President and Executive Director.  “The little everyday transformations of kids’ play fuel their imagination, sparking the innovation of tomorrow.”   

And for another treat: The Cade Museum will be offering a 30-percent-off sale in the Loot Lab gift shop. Admission to the museum is not required to shop in the gift shop. 

There’s truly something for every-body. (Insert creepy laugh here.)  

About the Cade Museum 

The Cade’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. The Cade’s unique hands-on programming for all ages is designed to spark imagination and inspire creativity. The museum is named for Dr. Cade, a physician at the University of Florida who is best known as the leader of a research team that invented Gatorade in 1965. The Cade Museum is open to the public and located at 811 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. An independent 501(c)(3) public foundation, the museum receives no operational funding from federal, state, or local governments, or the University of Florida. To learn more about Dr. Cade and the Cade Museum’s mission, visit cademuseum.org.