UNI to host family-friendly 'Halloween House'

Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Colin Weeks, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, 319-273-2805,

Melisa Cherney, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, 319-273-2557,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society student chapter (ACS), in collaboration with students from the biology, physics and earth science departments, will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The activities are intended for children, and costumes are encouraged.

"This is a very fun evening for families," said Melisa Cherney, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. "Both parents and children are enthralled by the demonstrations from all areas of science, and the kids really get into the hands-on activities."

Students will be performing Halloween-themed science demonstrations and supervising hands-on activities in rooms such as "Devil's Den," "Frankenstein's Lab," "Skeleton Graveyard" and "Underground Mysteries."

"Hosting 'Halloween House' is a great opportunity for our students to share with the public how interesting and exciting they find science," said Colin Weeks, assistant professor of chemistry. "They also learn a huge amount about how to run an event for hundreds of people that is entertaining, informative and safe."

"Halloween House" is organized by the UNI student chapter of the ACS, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, the UNI Physics Club and the Gamma Sigma Chapter of The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon. The event is held in conjunction with National Chemistry Week and encompasses STEM activities.

For additional information, contact Weeks at 319-273-2805 or, or Cherney at 319-273-2557 or