Spiders love the fall season. Why? Because their power to scare people is heightened by all the Halloween publicity. They love to hear us scream. Anyboo, it's the season to visit the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum. Spider experts are on hand to share countless fascinating facts. You can get up close to spiders hundreds of them. Yes, hundreds of free-range spiders to haunt you for a long, long time perhaps forever. Watch the little show-offs weave webs and feed on prey. They love the attention. Also, from Oct. 24 to 31, the museum hosts Haunted Museum Spooky Scavenger Hunt. Themed "Fairy Tales and Scary Tales," visitors go on a self-guided creepy hunt through the museum. Says our mysterious museum spy, "It goes through several galleries; a golden goose egg question leads you to the gem and mineral hall, where you have to count a bunch of stuff and solve a word puzzle old school! And definitely lets you hone in on details of the museum that you may not have noticed before." Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park; museum admission: $12, $9 seniors & students, $8 youth, $5 children 5-12.; museum open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Spider Pavilion open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (thru Nov, 6) ; $3 adults, $2 students & seniors, $1 children. (213) 763-DINO (3466), nhm.org.
Oct. 24-31, 2011