For Immediate Release: Oct. 3, 2023

Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

Spooky Saturdays and other fun festivities for the month of October at Museum of York County

ROCK HILL, S.C. –  The Museum of York County highlights the weird and strange world of natural history through award-winning exhibits, planetarium shows, and special programs. This October, experience the spookier side of the Carolina Piedmont’s wild wonders.

Get geeky and creepy with real natural science at Museum of York County’s Spooky Saturdays. Explore the worlds of parasites, insects, arachnids, and fungi with exciting activities and spine-chilling specimens. Every Saturday in October, drop-in programs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free with general admission.       

Skies permitting, Museum of York County will have a Solar Eclipse Viewing Event on Saturday, Oct. 14 from noon until 2:30 p.m. Outside on the museum lawn, two telescopes will be set up for safe close-up viewing. A limited number of eclipse glasses are available for purchase in the Museum Store. Learn more about the eclipse in the Settlemyre Planetarium during the show “Totality”, which runs Oct. 3 – 13 on Tuesday – Sunday at 3:30 p.m. For a complete list of planetarium shows, including “Spooky Space” and “The Halloween Show”, go to Planetarium shows are free with general admission.

Conduct fun experiments in Museum of York County’s classroom during a National Chemistry Week Celebration Event on Oct. 21. Explore chemistry and discover how it helps our world.

Create a nature-inspired Jack-O-Lantern at Museum of York County’s Pumpkin Carvin’ Contest on Oct. 21. Bring a pumpkin and imagination. Tools provided.  All carved pumpkins will be posted on social media, followers can vote, and the winners receive a prize! Free with general admission, registration is required by emailing Takes place in enclosed picnic area.

WHAT:               Museum of York County – October festivities

WHEN:              Spooky Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28, drop-in from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

                            Solar Eclipse Viewing Event, Oct. 14 from noon until 2:30 p.m.

National Chemistry Week Celebration, Oct. 21, drop-in from noon – 3 p.m.

Pumpkin Carvin’ Contest, Oct. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. Registration required.

WHERE: Museum of York County is located at 4621 Mt. Gallant Rd., Rock Hill, S.C. 29732

TICKETS: All programs are free with general admission. Registration – Online Purchasing | Culture & Heritage Museums (

PHONE: Visitors Services – 803.329.2121


For groups, program registration or other information, contact or call 803.981.9182

IMAGES: What’s in your drawer? Find over 2,000 specimens, including Black Widows and Brown Recluse spiders, for hands-on learning experiences in Museum of York County’s Naturalist Center. Credit: Culture & Heritage Museums. Contact Marie Cheek for high resolution images —

As part of the Museums for All initiative, the Museum of York County provides reduced admission for low-income families; visit for more information.

Museum of York County is KultureCity® Certified and Sensory InclusiveTM. This new initiative promotes an accommodating and positive experience for all visitors with a sensory issue, no matter their age or ability. KultureCity® Sensory Bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and KCVIP lanyards are now available to visitors at Museum of York County, Main Street Children’s Museum, and Historic Brattonsville.

Want to support Culture & Heritage Museums? Consider becoming a Culture & Heritage Museums member or give the gift of membership. Members get free general admission to Museum of York County, Main Street Children’s Museum and Historic Brattonsville and enjoy member-exclusive events. Learn more about membership benefits and apply online at CHM membership.

About Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, S.C: Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums that includes the Museum of York County and Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill and Historic Brattonsville in McConnells. Culture & Heritage Museums is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums; accreditation signifies “excellence and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies and to the museum-going public.” 

CHM ADMISSIONS, HOURS, ADDRESSES: All visitors are encouraged to check the website  for up-to-date information and potential changes in operational hours, admission procedures, and programs.