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Museum holds Friday the 13th fundraiser

With Friday the 13th being a fun, yet superstitious holiday for some – and Halloween just less than two weeks away – fundraisers and parties happened around town.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello held a fundraiser called “Spirits and Skeletons.”

A live DJ, a silent auction, raffles, costumes and a “spirits” bar could all be found at the party.

The goal was to raise money for the museum’s upcoming exhibit “Incredible Horse,” which will be coming in January. The exhibit features the history, extinction and return of the horse to North America.

The museum hopes to get around $5,000 from the fundraiser to put toward the exhibit.

The museum said it likes to be interactive with the community and it offers all kinds of events from kids’ days to family-friendly activities. But “Spirits and Skeletons” was a way to combine Friday the 13th and Halloween fun for an adults-only party to give those 21 and older a chance to have a night out.

“We’ve been in the community since 1934 and we really are just working on showing the community how excited we are to be here so we offer a lot of different programming – for children, adults, and this is one that you know, it’s Halloween,” said Amber Tews, head of marketing at the museum. “Pocatello is pretty into Halloween and dressing up and we hope we can take advantage of it.”

The fundraiser was also a sneak peek into the new “Bison” exhibit, which opens Oct. 14.

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