Halloween fun at museum

What better way for children to celebrate Halloween than spending an evening doing fun activities inside a museum that some folks believe is haunted?

That’s the idea behind Friday’s first-ever “Halloweeum at the Museum” in Marietta’s Campus Martius Museum.

“We’re always looking for something new to do at the museum. We’ve had ghost hunters here before, but wanted to have something in which younger kids could participate,” said museum director Le Ann Hendershot.

She added that the event will include nothing gruesome and will be very family-friendly.

“We hope it will also be an educational experience for kids,” Hendershot said.

Glenna Hoff, education program director for the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums, said there will be plenty of Halloween-related activities going on.

“There will be a Haunted Appalachian Trail event, a spooky scavenger hunt for some of the more ghostly artifacts on display at the museum, Halloween-themed arts and crafts, games, snacks and a monster-mashing dance,” she said.

Hoff said the museum is the perfect place to hold the Halloweeum as there is plenty of space and some pretty creepy displays at Campus Martius.

“And some people claim the museum is haunted,” she said. “One woman who comes here said she’s even seen ghosts in some areas of the building.”

Friday’s event will run from 6 to 9 p.m., and costs $15 per child at the door. Accompanying adults will be admitted free.

Hoff said those planning to attend are requested to call the museum and make reservations by Thursday.

“This is our first time for the Halloweeum event, so we’re urging people to make reservations to help us gauge how many will be attending on Friday,” she explained.