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UNI to host 'Halloween House'

October 6, 2011

Bill Harwood, department head and professor, UNI Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 319-273-2052,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society students will host a "Halloween House" for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus.

The Halloween House will have four theme rooms. Children in the Pirate's Cove will turn pennies to gold doubloons, create sea foam and watch what happens when mermaids cry. In the Devil's Den, guests will hold fire in their hands and see other feats of fire. In the Witches' Lair children will make raisins dance, release genies and turn water into wine. Frankenstein's Lab will channel electricity to make things float in mid-air, cause guest's hair to stand on end and make things glow in the dark.

Each room will host performances or hands-on activities. Activities will include a clown performing tricks, making slime and gak and a make-your-own ice cream parlor.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Harwood, department head and professor in UNI's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at 319-273-2052 or