Halloween Family Fun Party

November 2nd, 2009 by Melissa Kipp

Over 100 people filled the haunted halls and spooky forest of the Goldman mansion on Friday, October 30th. The Science Museum’s Halloween Family Fun Party was back, and costumed trick-or-treaters were there to prove it.  After a two year hiatus, the staff at the Science Museum thought it was time to bring back the annual Halloween party, and boy were we right.  More than two weeks in advance, the event that was scheduled to cover the entire grounds with eight different activities was completely sold out.

Guests were greeted by Rosemarie in the mansion lobby, assigned to a group, and entered the Gallery adorned with cobwebs and spooky critters to color trick-or-treat bags.  In the Scientist’s Laboratory, Ghosts and Goblins made slime to take home with Mr. Dave.  Venturing outside into the brisk moonlit night, families walked through our cemetery forest with Miss Natalie the karate kid, and enjoyed a couple frights from student volunteers hidden in the woods, as well as Roberto and Frederick by the campfire.  To relax, everyone enjoyed a leisurely hayride with groundskeeper Joe, followed by fun cookie-decorating time with me, Miss Melissa the penguin. Harry Potters, detectives, princesses, and Mario Brothers enjoyed storytelling with Miss Jen the pirate, snacks given out by Jerry the pirate, and facepainting by our volunteer Supergirl Rosie.  Up on the second floor, Miss Christie the cowgirl showed our frightening tarantula, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and scorpion. Casper the snake and Matilda the sugarglider made an appearance, welcoming a pat on the back from friendly visitors as always.   For those that were brave enough, a haunted cavern in the Museum’s basement featured glowing skeletons, creepy coffins, bloody walls, and flying bats.

We want to express our gratitude to the many volunteers that helped make our event a success.  To the forest spooks, refreshment helpers, and our brave group leaders: Tim, Rich, Kasey, Philandow, Jessica, and Mike… Thanks for all of your help!    

In all of the excitement putting the event together setting up our stations, surprisingly no pictures were taken by staff. If anyone has pictures to contribute, please email me at melissa@smli.org.  If you have any suggestions to make next year’s event even better, feel free to comment!

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