RVCC Planetarium to feature Halloween star shows and laser concerts


The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium features several in-person Halloween shows in October, including star shows, laser concerts, and even a “Harry Potter” themed sky tour.

The following shows will be presented at the Branchburg Planetarium:

Spooky Skies, Saturdays, October 23 and 30, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This show “takes viewers back” to medieval Ireland to explore the roots of the Halloween holiday, then ascend into the skies to draw parallels between certain celestial objects and famous monsters. What does a werewolf have on a must-see black hole? a harmful and deadly planet like Venus; or an overwhelming and dangerous supernova? (Recommended for ages 8 to adults).

Fright Light laser concert (family version), Saturdays, Oct. 23 and 30, 4 p.m.

Witches and ghouls continue to haunt the Planetarium. Join them to listen to a number of songs as the lasers “dance” on the dome above. Songs include “The Adams Family Theme Song”, “Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters”. (Recommended for ages 8-adult).

Hogwarts Sky, Friday October 29, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Join an eclectic group of witches and wizards as they guide viewers through a “Harry Potter” themed night sky tour. Find out how JK Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of his character names. (Recommended for ages 8 and up).

Fright Light laser concert (PG-13), Saturdays 23 and 30 October, 8 p.m.

This laser concert is not intended for young spectators or those who are easily scared. The program includes songs such as “Alive” by Meatloaf, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band. (Recommended for 13 years old to adults).

Planetarium tickets cost $ 10 for one show, $ 18 for two consecutive shows on the same day. Reservations are recommended, but all ticket sales are at the door on the day of the show. Late admission to planetarium shows is not permitted. For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805. For more information visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

Face masks are mandatory in all campus buildings, including the planetarium. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg. For more information visit www.raritanval.edu.


Arline J. Mercier

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