When:Thursday, October 1 - Saturday, October 31
Target Audience:General Public
Carve a pumpkin like a NASA engineer, share your space-themed costume and discover mysterious locations throughout the solar system and beyond! These online resources will get you spacing out with NASA this Halloween.
Want to make an out-of-this-world Halloween pumpkin? Take a cue from the engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It’s their job to design and build robots that can travel millions of miles to study other planets – and sometimes even land and drive around on the surface. So during Halloween, they can’t help but use their free time to bring some of that same creative thinking to designing stellar pumpkins inspired by space exploration. Explore the links below to see some of the pumpkins created by NASA engineers and do it yourself with our how-to guide.
Create a Halloween Pumpkin Like a NASA Engineer
Get tips from NASA engineers on how to make an out-of-this-world Halloween pumpkin.
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Flickr Album: NASA/JPL Pumpkins
See a collection of mechanical pumpkin marvels created by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
If mechanical pumpkins aren't your thing, these space-themed pumpkin stencils from NASA's Space Place will add some stellar flare to your Halloween celebration.
Celebrate the fall season and Halloween by making your very own space-themed pumpkins with these easy-to-use stencils from NASA's Space Place!
As you bite into your Halloween candy this year, see if you can describe the layers inside it like NASA scientists do when studying rocks on Earth and Mars.
*NEW* Describe Rocks Like a NASA Scientist
Learn how to describe rock samples like a NASA scientist. Then, take a quiz to see if you can match edible rocks made of candy bars – and real rocks from Earth and space – to the correct description.
Explore some of the most mysterious and eerie places in the galaxy in these online galleries.
Mysteries of the Solar System and Beyond
Become a solar system detective and see if you can solve the stellar mysteries in this slideshow before reading how the scientists did it.
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Galaxy of Horrors
We’ve rounded up some of the most frightening, deadly planets in the galaxy, places that make even the scariest haunted house on Earth pale in comparison.
Dress up as your favorite planet for Halloween with these planet cutouts you can wear!
- Share pictures of your space-themed Halloween costumes, pumpkins, and activities with NASA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #NASAHalloween.
- Posters & Coloring Pages: Exoplanet Travel Bureau
- Article for Kids: What is an Exoplanet?
- Gallery: Galaxy of Horrors
- Website: NASA Exoplanet Exploration
- Interactive: Eyes on Exoplanets