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While fans are in town to cheer on the Tigers this weekend, they can find many ways to celebrate Halloween

before and after the game, including A Nightmare on Mell Street.

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, students, fans and local residents are encouraged to stop by The Auburn University Museum of Natural History for a "spine-chilling open house." A Nightmare on Mell Street will give visitors a chance to view more than two million preserved dead specimens from around the world, hold a spider, pet a snake and learn about carnivorous plants.

Kay Stone, the outreach program administrator for the Environmental Institute said the main purpose behind this spooky event is to provide a learning experience for visitors.

“The purpose of a Nightmare on Mell Street is to highlight the museum and allow the public to understand more about the very unique biodiversities that Alabama has, and to learn about research projects that are going on at Auburn University," said Stone.

Two of the most popular exhibits at a Nightmare on Mell Street will be the Eastern Indigo Snakes and the Paleo collection.

"One of the exhibits will be featuring the Eastern Indigo Snake that were doing an introduction project with," said Stone. "It’s about a 10 year research project that involved reintroducing a snake that was native to South Alabama that has been absence from the natural landscape for almost 50 years and it’s now being reintroduced."

"We also have our Paleo collection which features fossils, including a partial skeleton of the Appalachiosaurus, a terrestrial dinosaur found in Montgomery County that lived during the late Cretaceous Period," Stone added.

There will also be special activities for children to engage in at the AUMNH open house on Saturday.

"Children between the ages of four and 12 will get a passport and for each of the collections they go to they’ll get a stamp, and if they get their passport filled out they can bring it back to our welcome desk and get a goodie bag," said Stone.

This Halloween event will be a self-guided, go at your own pace style tour. However, the museum does host formal tours for free on the first Wednesday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. The tours begin at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and last for approximately an hour.

To register for one of these tours at The Auburn University Museum of Natural History, visit

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