Guests enjoy SuperNatural in costume

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 29, 2022) — The California Academy of Sciences invites families to bring their costumes and curiosity for a night of trick-or-treating around the world’s only aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum housed under a living roof. Among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling scientific specimens, the Academy presents SuperNatural, an annual Halloween fundraiser supporting the Academy for All initiative, which provides free and reduced admission opportunities and access to science to communities in the Bay Area and beyond.

This year’s SuperNatural will feature a silent disco in the aquarium, where guests can grab a pair of headphones and groove to family-friendly jams throughout the night. Around the museum, partygoers can enjoy live animal encounters with Lindsay Wildlife Experience, catch a magic show, and transform into their favorite Academy animals with the help of festive face painters. At the Philippine Coral Reef, visitors can catch a special nighttime dive show featuring a surprise costumed guest, and can partake in hands-on Halloween arts and crafts throughout the museum. Costumes are encouraged, and children will receive a reusable goodie bag as they trick-or-treat throughout the Academy. Inside the planetarium, guests can enjoy live, presenter-led showings of “Trick-or-Treating around the Solar System,” including an early, lights-on showing for younger guests.

In the Academy’s Moss Room, teens can hang out and enjoy an exclusive Teen Lounge featuring snacks, mocktails, arcade games, and more—no adults allowed. Guests will also be able to discover the mysterious world of Bugs as they explore the Academy’s latest exhibit. For more creepy crawlers, they can examine spooky spider and scorpion specimens with Academy researchers, interact with live insects from’s Insect Lab, and even take a ride on a larger-than-life-mechanical spider.

SuperNatural is co-chaired by Brynn Bailey, Felicia Chiu, Maggie Danielson, Catherine Drybrough, and Caitlin Fisher.

Ticket Information:

General admission tickets for SuperNatural are $60 for adults, $45 for children ages 3-17, and free for children age 2 and younger (Members receive a $5 discount on tickets).

Family VIP benefactor ticket packages range from $1,500–$3,000, and include a special VIP lounge, early event entry at 5 pm, an exclusive catered dinner, a behind-the-scenes collections tour of the museum, a complimentary one-year Academy Family Plus membership, and more.

This year the Academy is offering a special way for SuperNatural supporters to make it possible for a family for whom the cost of admission is a barrier to attend SuperNatural. With a $300 contribution, we will be able to provide five general admission tickets to local Bay Area families.

VIP entry begins at 5pm and general admission is from 6:30 - 9:00pm.

For event details, to purchase tickets, or to donate, please visit or call (415) 379-5411 for more information.

About the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution with a mission to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and environmental education—all under one living roof. Museum hours are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday. Admission includes all exhibits, programs, and shows. For daily ticket prices, please visit or call (415) 379-8000 for more information.

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