Silver Bullets, Wooden Stakes, Garlic Cloves and You are Invited to the Monster Ball

The party is a fundraiser for the Museum of Texas Tech University.

In the Blood

In the legendary struggle pitting vampires against werewolves, humankind often becomes the hapless victim, caught between two supernatural, bloodthirsty beasts. 

The Museum of Texas Tech University wants to rewrite the script a little bit with its Monster Ball, a - you guessed it - monster-themed costume party that puts humans in touch with the supernatural, but does so with literature, science and a glass of appropriately colored wine.

The Monster Ball, a fundraiser for the museum, runs from 7 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 29 at the museum, 3301 4th St. It will include gourmet food (expect lots of garlic), fine wine (yes, it will be red) and themed cocktails perfect for a Halloween event. Live music will be provided by Double T Tango and there will be tango lessons. The classic movie "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" will be presented as well.

Guests are invited to come as Dracula, Van Helsing, Mina Murray or their favorite monster. Vampires of pop culture - brooding, hip and possibly sparkly - are welcome as well. 

Partygoers will get a sneak peek at In the Blood: The War between Vampires and Werewolves, the exhibit that inspired the fundraiser. In the Blood, which executive director Gary Morgan is curating, mixes facts about vampire bats and wolves and the surround blood science with the mythology, legends and current iterations of vampires and werewolves. The exhibit opens Oct. 30 and will run through April.

Tickets to the Monster Ball are $120 each, which includes food and all drinks; the proceeds go toward educational programs at the museum. The fundraiser begins with a buffet at 7 p.m. as well. 

To purchase tickets, contact the museum at (806) 742-2442.

CONTACT: Daniel Tyler, marketing and communications coordinator, Museum of Texas Tech University, (806) 834-1227 or

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Museum of Texas Tech

The Museum of Texas Tech University was established in 1929.

It consists of the main Museum building, the Moody Planetarium, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, the research and educational elements of the Lubbock Lake Landmark, and the Val Verde County research site.

The museum also offers masters degrees in Museum Science and Heritage Management and a wide variety of educational programs for the general public.

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The museum is located at Fourth Street and Indiana Ave. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Monday.

To request special assistance, contact the Museum Education office at or call (806) 742-2432.