By Annabel Steele
The McMullen Museum celebrated the Halloween season on Friday, October 19 with a Tricksters’ Eve-themed Art After Dark. Students flocked to the museum for an evening of fall-themed refreshments and activities.
Students were greeted with a variety of refreshments in the lobby upon entering the museum. There were assorted types of apple and cheese to sample, as well as hot apple cider to drink. Anyone looking for a sweet treat could also try apple cider donuts and pick from bowls of candy around the lobby.
The mask-making station was on the first floor. Students used scissors and glue to construct large animal masks out of paper templates, which they could then wear around the museum. There were shark, sheep, rabbit and elephant masks.
On the third floor, students enjoyed popcorn and horror movies. Throughout the night, the movies “Sorry to Bother You” and “You’re Next” played on a projector outside on the terrace, lending the evening a spooky vibe. While students enjoyed the movies, they painted pumpkins, showing off their individual artistic styles.
Throughout the evening, the galleries were open, showing off Carrie Mae Weems’s semester-long exhibition. Weems has incorporated a trickster figure into her art before, notably in “Lincoln, Lonnie and Me.” As students basked in the Halloween-themed evening, Weems’s art provided an appropriate backdrop for the night.
There was also an opportunity to let loose and enjoy games of Ghost in the Graveyard on the McMullen’s front lawn.