Nightmare Affair

Saturday, October 26 at the Great Northern Hotel!

Nightmare Affair is our largest annual fundraiser and we sure know how to raise the roof! This year’s event will be hosted at the Great Northern Hotel with a buffet dinner, live music by Ten Years Gone, a live auction, and hands-on science experiments.

Help ExplorationWorks Science Center bring STEM education to Helena and the surrounding communities. Support us by attending the best adult Halloween Costume Party in Helena! Tickets now on sale!

Early Bird Ticket Pricing (before Oct. 13): $75/person

Regular Ticket Pricing (after Oct. 13): $85/person

Table for 10 people (before Oct. 13): $600

Table for 10 people (after Oct. 13): $700

For sponsorship information, contact Kelly Posewitz at 406.603.4130 or

Can’t make it to the event, but want to donate? Make a gift today!

Event Schedule:

5:30pm: Doors Open

6:30pm: Dinner Buffet Opens

7:45pm: Program & Live Auction Begins

8:45pm: Raffle & Costume Contest Winners Announced

9:00pm: Live music by Ten Years Gone

Costume Contest Prizes:

Best Group Costume: Ten Mile Creek Brewery Package

Best Individual Costume: $125 Downtown Helena Gift Card

2019 Nightmare Affair Auction Packages:

Night at the Museum Slumber Party


The ultimate slumber party experience for your kiddos and their friends. Spend a magical evening at ExplorationWorks exploring our exhibits, conducting science experiments, watching a movie and eating pizza.

Package includes:

  • Slumber party for group of up to 15 kids (ages 6 and older, please) with adult supervision, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. the next day

  • Pizza dinner

  • Snacks

  • Science experiments - customized to your child’s interests

Donor: ExplorationWorks

The Big Catch - Guided Fishing Trip

Experience the best fishing that Montana has to offer, courtesy of Trent Brown, Little Blackfoot Outfitters. You and a guest will work with your guide to determine your dream fishing location in Montana. Your journey will begin, or end, at Sanders Bed & Breakfast in Helena, and include a delicious lunch. To make your trip even more memorable, you will keep an A. L. Swanson fly box filled with flies to take on your next fishing adventure. 

About the Guide: Little Blackfoot Outfitters’ Trent Brown has a US Coast Guard Captain’s License (Outfitters’ License 33332), and he is prepared to let you choose where you would like to fish.  If you choose the Land of the Giants, he will take you in his speed boat to the best fishing accessible from the Gates of the Mountains.  If floating one of our area’s gorgeous rivers is your preference, that works too.

Package includes:

  • Guided fishing trip, you choose the location

  • One-night stay at Sanders Bed & Breakfast, including breakfast

  • Lunch for two

  • A.L. Swanson fly box filled with flies

Donors:  Trent Brown, Sanders Bed & Breakfast, A.L. Swanson, Montana Fly Goods Company, Cross Currents

Private Garden Party & Wine Tasting with Hawthorn

Host an elegant party for 20 people in ExplorationWorks’ brand new Garden Classroom. Your party will include a delicious and educational wine tasting hosted by The Hawthorn Bottle Shop & Tasting Room. You and your guests will enjoy wines from around the world and sample gourmet appetizers perfectly paired and artfully created by chef Jeff Spurlin, The Creperie Catering.

Package includes:

  • Facility rental of ExplorationWorks’ Garden Classroom for up to 20 guests

  • A selection of wines from around the world to sample

  • Gourmet appetizers for 20 people

Donors: The Creperie, ExplorationWorks, The Hawthorn Bottle Shop & Tasting Room, and Jeff Spurlin

Private Flight Over Montana


A once in a lifetime experience! Enjoy a private sightseeing adventure flight over the beautiful landscape of Montana. Your one-hour flight for up to 4 people will be a custom trip created by you and your pilot. Take in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Chinese Wall, the Gates of the Mountains or a bird’s eye view of the city – you decide!

 About the Pilot: Angela Terry started her career in aviation at an early age. She soloed her first airplane at 16, was a Flight Instructor at 20, and by 21 she was hired by SkyWest Airlines as one of the youngest female pilots in the company's history. She flew commercially for 9 years before Angela and her husband decided to move to Helena to raise their family and start The Montana Radio Company. Flying will always be a passion and a hobby. She hopes to inspire young women to explore their own passions and dream big – whether it's IN the air or ON the air! 

Package includes:

  • One hour-flight in a Cessna 210

  • Up to 4 people (or 600 pounds)

  • Departure from the Helena Regional Airport

Donor:  Angela Terry

Escape to Paradise – A Puerto Rican Vacation


The ultimate Caribbean vacation get-away to beautiful Puerto Rico! Live like a local as you enjoy a week-long stay in a private home located in Palmas Del Mar Golf and Beach Resort in Humacao, located 40 miles from San Juan along the Southeast coast. Package includes a $1,000 Visa Gift Card to assist you with your airfare or to spend during your vacation. Your trip will include a local coordinator, available to assist you with your stay, as well as the use of a golf cart for exploring the resort. Palmas Del Mar is set in 2,750 acres of land with spectacular views of El Yunque Rain Forest, the Caribbean Sea, & beautiful landscapes. This is paradise!

Package includes:

  • 7 days, 6 nights in a private home located in Palmas Del Mar Golf and Beach Resort in Humacao, PR. This gated community is 40 mi (1-hour drive) from San Juan along the Southeast coast

  • 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath home – 1 king, 1 queen, 3 sofas suitable for sleeping

  • Use of golf cart for exploring the resort

  • Local coordinator available to assist you with your stay

  • $1,000 Visa Gift Card

Donor:  Darren Chiappinelli

Create a Vacation – Choose your destination!

Create your dream vacation with two coach-class round trip tickets to ANYWHERE that Alaska Airlines flies. No blackout dates! Alaska Airlines offers 1,200 daily flights to 115+ destinations across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica. You choose your destination - the beaches of Maui, fishing in Anchorage, seeing the lights of Broadway in New York - it’s up to you!

Donor:  Alaska Airlines

Enjoy Sunny Scottsdale

Enjoy sunny Scottsdale, AZ for 5 days and 4 nights in a beautiful two-bedroom condo located just north of Scottsdale. Just a 10-minute drive to Keirland Commons for amazing shopping and restaurants. Check out spring training practices and games, get in a round of golf, go shopping, or simply sit by the pool. Your package also includes a $500.00 Visa Gift card to use towards airfare or restaurants.

Package includes:

  • Condo stay, 4 nights

  • $500.00 Visa gift card

Donor: Mary Kay Puckett

Ski Montana - Three packages in one!

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Trip 1:  Enjoy the day skiing and the night at Huntley Lodge in Big Sky for two people. Then use your $350 gift card to ski another day, stay another night and pay for dinner—or whatever you choose to make your trip the best ever! Huntley offers slope-side accommodations, ski storage, Huntley Lodge pool and hot tubs and a fitness center. Big Sky averages 400 inches of powder on 5800+ acres and 4,350 vertical feet. If you are learning to ski for the very first time, or consider yourself the best skier on the mountain, Big Sky will leave you with a perma-grin and memories to last a lifetime.

Trip 2:  Spend the day skiing at Showdown Montana. Adult ski vouchers for 4 will let you enjoy this ski area any day they are open. The drive from Helena to Showdown is as beautiful as any drive in Montana. Once you are there, you will find a neighborhood feel in addition to great skiing.

Trip 3: Only a half hour from Helena, enjoy six days' skiing at half-price at Great Divide Ski Area. We are predicted to have another great snow year. Call your office on a great powder day and explain that you have an opportunity you can't turn down.

Package includes:

  • One-night stay at Huntley Lodge, Big Sky Resort

  • Two lift passes at Big Sky Resort

  • $350 Visa Gift Card

  • 4 Adult lift passes to Showdown Montana

  • 6 half price lift passes to Great Divide Ski Area

Donors: Big Sky Resort, Sarah Chilton, Showdown Montana, Great Divide Ski Area

Ultimate Helena Date Night

Enjoy a romantic evening in Helena starting with a gourmet dinner for two at Lucca’s Fine Italian Restaurant, followed by an entertaining show at Grandstreet Theatre and finally a luxurious night’s stay in the Great Northern Best Western Premier Hotel. A much-needed escape from the everyday, without ever leaving town!

Package includes:

  • Dinner for Two at Lucca’s Fine Italian Restaurant

  • Two Tickets to Grandstreet Theatre to any show

  • One-night stay at the Great Northern Best Western Premier Hotel

Donors: Grandstreet Theatre, Great Northern Best Western Premier Hotel, Lucca’s Fine Italian Restaurant, Kim and Fred Stout

premier Cleaning Package!

Tired of cleaning your home? Let the professional do it for you. Your package includes a thorough cleaning of your home by the experts at Merry Maids, professional carpet or upholstery cleaning from Harvest Cleaning, and a Roomba robot vacuum to keep it looking fresh and clean all year round.

Package includes:

  • Gift-card for 2-hour cleaning by 2 professionals from Merry Maids of East Helena

  • $300 Harvest Cleaning gift-card for carpet or upholstery cleaning

  • Roomba by iRobot 680 Robot Vacuum

Donors: Harvest Cleaning, Merry Maids of East Helena, Helena Walmart

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