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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Sept. 1, 2000) - Do the Boo during the new Hallo-Weekend at the Tennessee Aquarium. From Friday night, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 29, visitors can experience the spooky spectacular that features creepy creatures, costumed divers and an "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

Cautiously tread into the Aquarium's lobby where visitors will be greeted by a giant black widow spider sculpture looming overhead. In the gargantuan Gulf and Nickajack exhibits, visitors will see a sunken galleon and treasure chest, along with jack-o-lanterns for the fish to nibble on. Costumed divers play trick or treat with stealthy stingrays and colossal catfish that slurp up squid and shrimp like mini candy bars during feeding dives.
Enter a vaulted, venomous chamber where 50 of the world's deadliest creatures slither, creep and crawl in the Aquarium's newest gallery "VENOM: Striking Beauties." Get face to fang with the legendary black mamba. See the spine tingling, deceptively delicate lionfish. Get goosebumps when the Goliath birdeater tarantula leers at you from her lair.

"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" will be the featured film in the Aquarium's auditorium . . . not the famed Hollywood "B" movie, but the National Geographic documentary about the bizarre, fascinating and sometimes gross world of parasites. Starring the Aquarium's chief research scientist Dr. George Benz, the film will show at scheduled times throughout the day.

Gallery presentations give visitors an opportunity to get frighteningly familiar with a variety of multi-legged creatures and scary animal skeletons. Kids can hunt for Halloween creepy critters with the help of an activity card (PDF format) that can be turned in for a yummy "Yucker Sucker" trick or treat.

To complete the Hallo-Weekend, head over to the IMAX Theater to experience the mummies, myth and magnitude of ancient Egypt in the newest IMAX film "Mysteries of Egypt." The film takes viewers back in time to witness the building of the pyramids and the drama of tomb robbers. Learn about the mummy's curse and see how King Tut's mummy was ceremoniously prepared for burial.

Hallo-Weekend activity descriptions and prices follow:

PHANTOM OF THE AQUA HALLOWEEN PARTY:
Friday, Oct. 27, 7 - 10 p.m.
Child: $4/Member; $8/Non-member
Adult: $6/Member; $12/Non-member (Non-member price includes Aquarium admission)
Call 267-FISH to make a reservation

Don your best costume and celebrate Halloween at the Aquarium with a party full of fun, spooks, crafts and surprises, trick or treat for goodies in the galleries and win prizes in the hall of games. Listen as storytellers weave eerie tales in the Delta swamp gallery and watch costumed divers feed the hungry predators of the deep. Price includes Papa John's pizza and a soft drink, compliments of Coca-Cola.

HALLO-WEEKEND AT THE TENNESSEE AQUARIUM:
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29
Child (3-12): $6.50/Non-member; FREE/Member
Adult: $11.95/Non-member; FREE/Member
Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $16.25 for adults and $9.95 for children.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or by phone at 1-800-262-0695.
(Event description in news release. Feeding dives are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

MUMMIES AT THE IMAX: "MYSTERIES OF EGYPT":
Film shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Child (3-12): $4.95
Adult: $6.95
Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $16.25 for adults and $9.95 for children.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. (Film description in news release.)

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