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Ghosts and goblins enjoy an ITC family event.

ITC hosts Oct. 29 'Halloween Howl'r' family event

By Karen Sanchez
Educational Specialist, UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures

(Oct. 19, 2006)--UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures will host "Halloween Howl'r" from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29.

The museum will suspend regular operations for the day to make way for ghosts, goblins and a healthy complement of children's activities including a hay-bale maze, apple bobbing, face painting, scarecrow building, trick-or-treat bag decorating, puppet shows and a haunted ghost tour.

Kids can break in their Halloween costumes and get a jump on trick-or-treating with candy and prizes from Cricket Communications and the American Red Cross.

There will be plenty of activities for adults, too. Last-minute shoppers can find the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be on hand to register blood and marrow donors. Learn more about Day of the Dead traditions, and then nestle in for spooky Halloween stories from the museum's team of storytellers.

"UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures is recognized as an educational museum. But education and fun are not mutually exclusive. We know how to show families a good time!" said John Davis, ITC executive director and proud owner of a new Franciscan monk robe that he will don at the event.

Families are encouraged to join in and wear their Halloween costumes.

Admission to Halloween Howl'r is $7 for adults, and $4 for children (ages 3-12), seniors (ages 65 and up) and military personnel with ID. The San Antonio Sports Foundation will host the Valero Go!Kids Challenge Victory Lap across the street at the Alamodome from noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 29. Kids who wear their Valero Go!Kids Challenge t-shirt will receive $1 off the price of Howl'r admission.

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UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures is San Antonio's cultural-experience museum. Established as the Texas State Exhibits Building for HemisFair in 1968 and later designated as a campus of The University of Texas at San Antonio, the museum has spent nearly 40 years telling the stories of Texas' diverse citizens and inviting guests to join in the celebration of Texas' multicultural heritage. ITC is home to the Texas Folklife Festival, Asian Festival and six other cultural events. The museum is closed Mondays.

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