Arts & Humanities

Blood, Desire and Immortality: Why People Love Vampires

An event dedicated to the history and folklore of vampires is on slate at Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology Saturday at the Museum Series, Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum will explore the history, anthropology and myths surrounding vampires and will answer questions about why society is so fascinated by the idea of vampires. The event will showcase examples of vampires from antiquity up to the present day through a variety of educational displays. Visitors may participate in several different activities throughout the day including a make-your-own vampire sucker craft. A vampire costume contest for adults and children will be held at 1 p.m., with prizes to the winners donated by local businesses.

“The vampire world is larger than we can imagine,” said assistant Saturdays Coordinator Melissa Allen. “It holds so many meanings, from romance to horror, in the everyday lives of its believers and we are excited to present this information to museum patrons.”

The USU Museum of Anthropology is on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252.

In addition to its Saturday program hours, the Museum of Anthropology is open to USU students and members of the public six days a week, with regular hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building.

Funding for Saturday events is provided by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the IMLS is available online.

For more information about this event, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website (

The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU.

Contact: USU Museum of Anthropology (435) 797-7545, Aurora Wallis,

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