What scares you?
Museum on Main is presenting its annual "What Are You Afraid Of? A Look at Fears and Phobias" display as a nod to Halloween, opening on Wednesday.
The phobias exhibit grew out of more conventional Halloween decorations at the museum, said curator Ken MacLennan. It is being held in conjunction with the guided downtown Ghost Walk, which is hosted by the museum.
"It is supposed to be fun," MacLennan said. "It helps set the mood for the Ghost Walk -- part of the point of it is to create an atmosphere. Although you can certainly enjoy the exhibit without the Ghost Walk."
The exhibit will use objects and images from the museum's collections as well as various props to illustrate fears from the well-known (such as "acrophobia" or fear of heights) to the obscure (such as "aichmophobia" or fear of needles and other sharp objects) to the made-up-for-comic-effect (such as "acropetrophobia" or the fear of high gas prices).
"Phobias" is a different type of exhibit for Museum on Main, MacLennan noted.
"You're not going to learn a heck of a lot," he said. "It's just a fun approach to the season."
Museum education director Sarah Schaefer agreed the exhibit is not heavy on content but said it is enjoyable -- and fun to visit before heading out on the Ghost Walk to learn about the spirits known to haunt downtown Pleasanton.
"It's a fun way to learn something and get in the Halloween spirit," Schaefer said.
Check out "A Look at Fears and Phobias" while you can; the exhibit will only run through Oct. 27.
Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.museumonmain.org or call 462-2766.