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Mad Scientist Party heads back to the William M. Black

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is celebrating its 31st Annual Mad Scientist Party & Trick-or-Treat event presented by MidWestOne Bank at its Mississippi River Discovery Center on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m.

This year features a trick-or-treating route through the Wetland and onto the William M. Black. Inside the Mississippi River Discovery Center guests will enjoy live animal programs, science experiments, and face painting. Costumes are encouraged and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

The event is geared to youth ages 12 and under. The event costs $5 per person ages three and older, $4 for members ages three and older, and is free to those under three. Regular Museum & Aquarium admission charges do not apply. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door. There will be a separate entrance for prepaid ticket holders and those purchasing tickets at the door.

Premier event sponsor is Radio Dubuque. Spooky sponsor is Myers-Cox Company. Candy sponsors include Clarke University, Dirt Road Darlings Boutique, Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor, Kristen Berning DDS and Alexia Oetken DDS, Tri-State Quality Metals, and Unified Therapy Services. In-kind support provided by Prairie Farms Dairy.