NEW BRITAIN – Creepy fun was on the menu at the New Britain Museum of American Art Sunday.
Droves of people showed up for the NBMAA’s Halloween Spooktacular, many of them young families dressed in costumes.
“It was pretty well-attended last year too,” Stephanie Strucaly, coordinator of community partnerships and outreach, said. “We’re thrilled people love to come to the museum for Halloween. It gets them in the door to see what’s on our walls and in our collections.”
Sunday was the final day to see the NBMAA’s “30 Americans” exhibition. “Edward Burtynsky: Earth Observed” opens Nov. 18.
Families lined up outside one of the art studios on the first floor, waiting for their chance to join in a “Slime Lab.”
Inside, kids stretched and prodded goo, sprinkling it with food colorings and glitter.
“We came for the Halloween fun,” Victoria Baez said, sitting with her family, including Bella, Amara and Billy Greene.
She hadn’t been to the museum since she was a child and enjoyed every bit of Sunday’s visit.
“It’s great and we’re loving the experience here,” Greene said.
Across the studio the Dolan family from New Hartford played with their own balls of slime.
“We used to live in New Britain a couple years ago,” Ryan Dolan said as his son Finn, three, mushed blue food coloring into his slime, his baby sister Shannon and mom Meghan watching beside him.
Meanwhile upstairs, guest artist and friend of the museum Matt Ryan drew caricatures of visitors at their request.
“This is our first time here; it’s very nice,” Nora Xu said as her daughter Jasmine Chen sat carefully, watching Ryan create her portrait.
Volunteer Barbara Laurain greeted visitors in the lobby, distributing information about membership and upcoming Community Days.
A special treat was YWCA’S School of Dance performing Michael Jackson’s famous song and dance, “Thriller” outside on the south lawn.
People watched in awe as youth dancers disguised as zombies moved to the beat.
The day closed out with a costume parade and contest on the museum’s front steps.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.