Liberty Science Center in the Upside Down

19 reasons you can’t miss LSC After Dark: The Upside Down

LSC After Dark

Some “stranger things” are happening at Liberty Science Center! LSC After Dark: The Upside Down is on Oct. 17 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Click here for tickets!

Break out the Eggo waffles and New Coke! Our next 21+ LSC After Dark event is inspired by the hit Netflix series. Both fans and non-fans will have a blast at this Halloween party straight out of Hawkins, Indiana.

Don’t have your ticket yet? Let us convince you. Here are 19 reasons you can’t miss LSC After Dark: The Upside Down:

1) The Touch Tunnel becomes the Upside Down!

If you’ve been to Liberty Science Center before, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced our most popular exhibition, the Touch Tunnel! But this month, we’re turning it into the gates of the Upside Down! Are you brave enough to enter our 80-foot, crawl-through, pitch-black tunnel and make it out safely like Will Byers – or are you destined to end up like Barb?

2) The Mind Flayer Slime Lab

Those of you who watched Season 3 of Stranger Things will remember all the creepy moments the Mind Flayer turned its victims into slimy goo! You’ll get to make your own slime (complete with rats!) in our Mind Flayer Slime Lab, and even take it home with you.

3) Upside Down Goggles

How well would you survive in the Upside Down? In one of our Stranger Things-inspired activities, you’ll get to wear goggles that make your vision turn totally upside down! Try completing ‘80s-inspired games while wearing the goggles and see who in your group is the most successful.

4) Doom Zoo

Scary monster face in the Doom Zoo

Our Halloween activities don’t stop with Stranger Things. Thrill-seekers will love the return of our Doom Zoo haunted walkthrough. Home to nauseating, tormented mutants, the Doom Zoo is bigger and scarier than ever this year. Will you make it all the way to the end – or will you be added to our Tear Tally, a checklist of all the people who chickened out?

5) The Spider Maze

Guests in the Spider Maze

This month also sees the return of one of our most popular autumn activities: The Spider Maze! See if you can find your way out of our outdoor, 4,000-sq-ft, webby labyrinth that’s unlike any maze you’ve explored before.

6) Creepy gifts from JC Oddities Market

Skulls at JC Oddities Market

JC Oddities Market returns this month with odd and offbeat gifts, art, and jewelry from local vendors. Bring something spooky home to your loved ones!

7) Food vendors from Midnight Market

Midnight Market vendor

Midnight Market also returns this month with delicious food from local vendors, at only $5 per plate! And this month, Midnight Market is turning into the Starcourt Mall food court! Don’t worry, you (probably) won’t get lost in any secret passageways hidden throughout the building.

8) Spooky drinks

Spooky drink

Yum! This month, our bar contains lots of spooky cocktails, including the “Green Grog,” “Witch Brew,” “Spookarita,” “Bloody Fizz,” “Gorgon Punch,” and “Drunken Apple.” Try them all, plus beer and wine as always!

9) Complimentary drink tasting

Guests enjoying a drink tasting

In addition to our cocktails, you can enjoy a complimentary drink tasting included in your ticket! Stay tuned as we reveal this month’s tasting.

10) Monsters of the Night Sky planetarium show

Witch Head nebula

Explore the astronomical origins of Halloween in our new live planetarium show, Monsters of the Night Sky! Discover the roots of this spooky modern holiday, and explore creepy things in the night sky, from the Witch Head Nebula to the eerie power of the full moon. We’ll also find constellation monsters in the sky, like Draco the Dragon.

Catch the show at 7:30 pm or 8:30 pm.

You can experience Monsters of the Night Sky when you make an additional $5 donation to support our programs for 91,000 students from at-risk communities. (Please make your donation in person at the event.)

11) Boo! A Halloween Laser Show

In addition to the planetarium show, you can also experience our new Halloween laser show! Rock out to new and classic spooky songs set to high-tech lasers in our giant dome theater.

Catch the show at 7:45 pm or 9:15 pm.

Like Monsters of the Night Sky, you can experience Boo! A Halloween Laser Show when you make an additional $5 donation to support our programs for 91,000 students from at-risk communities. (Please make your donation in person at the event.)

12) Paranormal investigators

UnScene logo

Investigators from the Paranormal Assistance & Research Association and UnScene paranormal web series are joining us again this month! They’ll have a table displaying the equipment they use, as well as audio and video clips of their findings.

You can also enjoy their special presentation in the Joseph D. Williams 3D Science Theater at 8:00 pm (included in general admission).

13) Alphabet Light Wall

Joyce Byers isn’t the only one trying to communicate using alphabet Christmas lights – now you can too! In our special Stranger Things-inspired lab, we’ve set up alphabet lights that you can use to communicate a message to your friend standing on the other side. Discover the science of light and engineering in our activity inspired by one of the most iconic moments from the show.

14) Castle Byers Illusion Chamber

Break out the camera for our special activity inspired by Castle Byers and the science of illusion!

In the Castle Byers Illusion Chamber, you’ll sit in a chair and use a remote to control the intensity of light in the room. Via a glass positioned at a 45-degree angle, you’ll appear to vanish and reappear as if you were a ghost!

This trick is all based on the famous Pepper’s ghost technique, which is often used in haunted houses to create the illusion of ghosts disappearing and reappearing. It’s all a trick of reflection and light intensity!

15) Stranger Things Game Room

Make some time to check out our Stranger Things Game Room! Here, you can chill out and play some Stranger Things board games, as well as a giant Dungeons & Dragons game that we’ve created specifically for this event!

16) Discover eco-friendly initiatives and cutting-edge technology at the Innovation Station

LSC After Dark: The Upside Down isn’t just about Halloween and Stranger Things! Be sure to stop by our Innovation Station, where we highlight the latest in must-see technological innovations. This month, we’re joined by the companies Ribbit and Fetch.

Ribbit is an app that connects people to eco-friendly spots to eat and drink. It’s a great way to help support restaurants that care about the environment and support a sustainable future!

Fetch is an app that enables people to get internet access from their smartphones to their computers without a hotspot. It’s a great way to create more affordable and faster internet usage – a safe and secure cyber alternative to using public and non-secured WiFi networks!

17) Angry Birds Universe

Giant Angry Birds

For an additional $6, you can experience LSC’s newest premium exhibition, Angry Birds Universe. Based on the popular games, the exhibition transports you into the world of Angry Birds for interactive adventures, both physically challenging and mentally stimulating. Use real slingshots to aim birds through the air, build and race vehicles in a live version of Angry Birds Go!, draw your own bird and animate it in the design studio, and more!

18) Meet LSC’s creepiest residents


Be sure to stop by our Eekology! presentation and encounter some of LSC’s own creepy, crawly residents. You’ll also get to experience a venus flytrap feeding!

19) Costume contest

People in Nightmare Before Christmas costumes

Costumes are always encouraged, but never required! And if you’ve got an outfit to show off, make sure you enter our costume contest on the dance floor! (Note: Costumes don’t need to be Stranger Things-related.)

Please also know that no real or fake guns will be allowed at the party. Any costume weapon must be made out of foam, plastic, or resin, and tips must have a rounded edge. All props must be inspected and cleared by LSC security prior to entering the facility.

We can’t wait! Click here to get tickets now for LSC After Dark: The Upside Down, Oct. 17, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

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