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Jack-O-Lantern Lane

Ghosts, Illusions, and Sensory Tricks

Jack-O-Lantern Lane returns for its fourth year with a new focus on exploring light, optical illusions, and fun sensory challenges. 

All new exhibit experiences, as well as returning favorites, will thrill and engage you in the science of sensory perception and illusion-making. Bring out the family and find out why images are not always what they appear.

Jack-O-Lantern Lane at a Glance

  • Runs Sept. 21-Nov. 3, 2019
  • Explore our family-friendly walk-through Halloween experience
  • Hands-on activities in Leo’s Creativity Studio: paper circuit/LED jack-o-lanterns and a thaumatrope optical toy

Jack-O-Lantern Lane Activities

More to Explore

  • Light Wall: explore color, light, and patterns while moving transparent colorful pegs along the wall.
  • Colored Shadows: discover the surprising effects of additive color mixing by creating shadows with our special lights.
  • Praxinoscope: learn about the basics of animation with this 19th-century “movie machine.”
  • Ghostly Faces: Is it a mirror or a window? Sit across from a friend and experiment with the light dimmer to slowly transform your face into your friend’s. 
  • Pepper’s Ghost House: this optical illusion, often used in live theater, will allow you to make a “ghost” appear. 
  • Mirror Drawing: how well can you trace simple pictures when your vision is reversed? 
  • Family Photos: capture some fall memories inside our Halloween hot air balloon sculpture.

Live Spooky Science Show

This show explores the shocking science behind some of our favorite Jack-O-Lanterns and Halloween experiences. Learn how to take pumpkins to the next level with explosive chemical reactions, investigate the power of electricity, and watch as our educator tries to bring a pickle to life!

Leo's Creativity Studio


Circuit Jack-O-Lanterns

The hands-on activities in Leo’s Creativity Studio explore the interaction of light, image, and visual perception.  Learn the basics of electrical circuits by making your own mini light-up paper jack-o-lantern with LED circuits. Also, explore animation and illusion by creating a thaumatrope, an optical toy that appears to blend two images into one. 

Jack-O-Lantern Lane is presented with generous support from The Hartford Financial Services Group and the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. 

Leo’s Creativity Studio is presented by B.Braun with support from ATAS International.


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