ECSU Planetarium hosts a series of shows for Halloween

Kesha Williams
October 24, 2011

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Halloween is just a week away, and the Elizabeth City State University Planetarium is adding stars on the big screen to its regular show.

Dr. Sultana Khan, director of the ECSU Planetarium, has set up three days of special Halloween programs to accompany the Night Sky Tour, a presentation about the location of the stars, planets and constellations. On Oct. 28, 29 and 31, the planetarium will feature a Halloween White Light Laser Show with images of ghosts and goblins and popular music.

"These shows are favorites with children," Khan said. "On Monday (Halloween), we scheduled the show early enough for parents to bring the kids before going out Trick or Treating."

For more mature audiences, the sky tour and laser show on Oct. 28 and 29 will be followed by the classic, 1968 horror film, "Night of the Living Dead."

"We wanted to do something different this year to see what kind of audience it will draw," Khan said. She advised that the movie may not be suitable for young viewers and parental discretion is advised.

Show times are:

Friday, Oct. 28

5 p.m. - Halloween White Light Laser Show
5:30 p.m. - Night Sky Tour - Live Presentation
6:15 p.m. - Movie -- "Night of the Living Dead"

Saturday, Oct. 29

2 p.m. - Halloween White Light Laser Show
2:30 p.m. - Night Sky Tour - Live Presentation
3:15 p.m. - Movie - "Night of the Living Dead"

Monday, Oct. 31

5 p.m. - Moon Witch - Star Show
5:30 p.m. - Halloween White Light Laser Show
6 p.m. - The Halloween Show - Star Show
6:30 pm - Night Sky Tour - Live Presentation

All shows are free; however, reservations are required. To make reservations, groups and individuals may contact the ECSU Planetarium at (252) 335-3759.

The Planetarium also will feature new Thanksgiving and Christmas shows on Nov. 22 and Dec. 8, 9 and 10. Call the ECSU Planetarium for further details or check the website at http://www.ecsu.edu/planetarium/.