|Haunted Happenings, 2011|
This year, Haunted Happenings is boldly going where no theme has gone before: science fiction! The Museum staff is working hard to bring their favorite science fiction characters and stories to life for the event this Sunday. Renee Compagna, the Museum’s Family Programs Coordinator, admits that this year is a dream come true. “I’ve always wanted to have a Star Wars’ themed event at the Museum,” she says. “Having a sci-fi themed event and incorporating Star Wars compliments the temporary exhibition Time Machines: Robots, Rockets and Steampunk.”
|Poster for 1954 Disney Adaption of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea|
The science fiction take on Haunted Haunted is filling the Museum departments with enthusiasm and energy. “Staff are really excited about this year’s theme since it is an area that, as a Museum of Art and Design, that we do not generally get to explore,” Renee says. I went off to investigate what other departments are planning for the 3,000 visitors expected to join us on Haunted Happenings.
“I need to find some slime – like blood, only green,” Account Clerk Denise Morrell suddenly remembers as she describes to me the Administrative Department’s plan to transform Owl Cottage into a Roswell site. It won't take long for you to discover the U.F.O (unidentified flying object) that has mysteriously crashed into the children’s activity center. I won’t give away what the department has up their sleeve for inside the cottage. Let’s just say that Denise admits her department “doesn't mind doing a little scary.”
|In 2011, the Administration Department recreated Batman's |
bat cave in the bottom floor of the Round Barn
|Development stuck with the party theme this year after throwing a fun 'pizza' bash|
as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during 2011's Haunted Happenings.
|Sara Woodbury and candy, 2011|
|Kim McCray and candy, 2012|
Haunted Happening is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Admission is $5. Children age 2 and under and members are free.