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A scary Caribbean delight at QMA

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:30 am

The Caribbean is known for its clear blue water, white sands, and colorful atmosphere. This month the Queens Museum of Art wants to take you there for its third annual “Underwater Halloween Spooktacular.”

In prior years, the Halloween Spooktacular has always been a successful event for the kids, according to Debra Wimpfheimer, the museum’s director of strategic partnerships. Artists transform the second floor of the museum into a space featuring something the kids can participate in.

With the help of a current exhibition in the museum, “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” the artists crafted the set by using their creative ideas on how to bring Caribbean life to Queens.

The exhibit showcases never before seen works the from the Haitian Revolution, including paintings, and sculptures, along with historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe and the United States.

One painting in the exhibition, entitled “Flower Carnival,” illustrates a group of animals wearing costumes.

The Great Small Works, a performance production company, and Jenny Romaine, a puppeteer, will take part in putting the show together with props.

“We are asking kids to use the theme as ideas for their costume,” said Debra Wimpfheimer said.

The spooktacular will include costume parades and face painting. A shipwreck treasure hunt aboard a vessel that is being constructed by one of the staff members of QMA will use ideas from the Caribbean theme for objects that kids can find.

The event will also have a brightly lit photo booth, tarot card reading, coral reef candy sculptures and sing-alongs for the kids; and for the adults, a “sand bar filled with cocktails” and saltwater treats.

There will also be an “underwater” costume parade using the Caribbean theme.

Brick oven pizzas donated by Dee’s of Forest Hills will be served to the guest families.

Spooktacular tickets purchases will include raffle tickets as well a one-year family membership to the QMA.

“It’s been an amazing event,” Wimpf-heimer said about past years.

Among the many other “spooktacular” events that are happening around Queens are the Halloween Harvest Festival LIC on Saturday, Oct. 20, to be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd. Admission is free. For more information call (718) 956-1819.

Another is “Dead or Alive: Halloween” at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., in Flushing Meadows Park from Oct. 26 to 28. Admission is free. For more information call (718) 699-0005.

‘Underwater Spooktacular’

When: Saturday Oct. 20; 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: New York City Building Flushing Meadows Park

Tickets: $75 for six family members; $35 for 1 adult and 1 child

(718) 592-970 ext. 141


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