By Anthony Lopez |Staff Writer|
Ghouls and ghosts haunted the halls of CSUSB’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art this past Friday night for their annual Spooky Night celebration.
The night consisted of a spooky museum tour, costume contest, scavenger hunt and other activities for the whole family.
“The museum has been hosting Spooky night for several years,” said Education and Outreach Coordinator Paige Taylor, who organized the festivities. “This was my first year doing Spooky Night, I’m just trying to continue a tradition that museum, that has been successful for children and adults.”
The attendees were of all ages and backgrounds, but the audience consisted of mostly parents with their children in full costumes.
The whole environment was both impressively spooky and family friendly. The transformation of the area, from an academic art museum with cobwebs all throughout the Egyptian exhibits along with the dimmed lights, the museum became reminiscent of a proto-Disneyland Haunted Mansion.
Every member of the museum staff wore costumes fitting for an early Halloween family celebration and there were even a few surprise guests: Egyptian Pharaoh Cleopatra, Disney’s Tinkerbell and even Rosie the Riveter dropped by to lend a helping hand.
“[The event] was very educational, it exposes children to an aspect that they wouldn’t get from their school” said former CSUSB Alumni Andrea Chavez about an educational scavenger hunt in the Egyptian wing of the museum.
Screams would echo down the special exhibits corridor when a ghoul or mummy would ever so slowly creep behind a small child and give them a small scare, which even made some adults cautious enough to look behind every corner.
Even the director of the museum, Eva Kirsch, was fitted in an Indiana Jones outfit as she gave adults a more mature tour about the odd and spooky facts about Egyptian society.
“The next event is a week from now, next Friday it is the Dia de Los Muertos, which is our best attended event, with over 500 participants.” said Kirsch.
Yet with so many activities, the jewel of the night had to be the costume contest, with nearly all the children competed in a friendly pageant in front of a panel of three CSUSB students.
With each kid wearing classic and modern outfits, ranging from a scary ghoul, to the Queen of a masquerade ball and even a flapper costume, they all were eager to win one of the prizes of the night.
In the end, it was Scary Ghoul who won scariest costume, Geeky Girl won cutest costume and Frankenstein Princess won the overall award of the night.
Although the event only lasted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., it was clear that the children and adults all had some good old spooky fun and is worth a visit next year for any family.
This spooky night was definitely a success for RAFFMA. From the environment, the setup, the staff and the smiles of the children, this occasion was positively spooktacular.