Luther College to present virtual Haunted Lab

October 16, 2020

Members of the Luther College physics and chemistry departments will present a virtual Haunted Lab experience this Halloween season. The video will feature fun and seasonal demonstrations to enjoy, as well as easy to follow directions to replicate them at home.

            "We love putting on the Haunted Lab experience each year because we get to see the excitement as kids discover science through doing. While the Haunted Lab experience will be virtual this year, we are excited about the opportunity for kids of all ages to learn about science in their own homes," says Erin Flater, associate professor of physics. "The process of recording experiments on video has been a lot of fun for our physics and chemistry students, and we hope our viewers enjoy watching and trying the experiments for themselves."   

Gather the following supplies to participate in one or more of the activities: 

  • Balloon chemistry experiment: Empty water bottle, balloon, ¾ cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • Dissolving candy corn experiment: candy corns, vegetable oil, white vinegar, cold water, hot water
  • Exploding pumpkin experiment: a carved pumpkin, ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, 1 tablespoon of yeast, 3 tablespoons of water
  • Oobleck playdough experiment: 1 cup cornstarch, ½ cup water, food coloring 

Luther's virtual Haunted Lab experience is intended for budding scientists of all ages. The video will be released on Luther College's official YouTube channel on Oct. 28. For more information, contact Erin Flater at (563) 387-1632 or

Luther College will not be offering residence hall trick-or-treating this year due to COVID-19.

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