NEW HAVEN — Owls, spiders, snakes and other creatures often associated with a witches brew will be part of "The Natural History of Witches and Wizards: A Peabody Halloween" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Other invited creatures include giant millipedes and hissing cockroaches.
Planned activities include making your own cat hat and a tarantula craft activity. Games include a haunted house bean bag toss and "bat cave." A Roxi Fox puppet show by Betty Baisden will be presented, as will several owls, nocturnal birds that can see at night as easily as humans in daylight, by Wingmasters.
Inspiration for the creatures to be displayed came from the famous witches scene (Act 4, Scene 1) in Shakespeare’s "Macbeth:"
"Eye of newt and toe of frog
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."
The museum is at 170 Whitney Ave. For more information, call David Heiser, Peabody Head of Education and Outreach, at 432-3777.