What oddities lurk deep in the basement of the San Bernardino County Museum?

An event of bats and potions, radioactivity and decay, explored these rarities and produced more than one mad scientist on Saturday, Oct. 26.

“We’re going to be bringing out part of the collection that’s never really seen,” said Ashley Lothyan, the Redlands museum’s curator of education, before the event.

Science Spooktacular featured radioactive minerals and bones, and stories of rituals and night creatures from the museum’s collection and from local partners such as wildlife biologist and bat conservationist Jill Novelle and anthropologist Guy Hepp.

The event is less candy and costumes, Lothyan said, and “more of the spooky, the weird, of the museum collection.”

Those who made it through each station were certified mad scientists.

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