Fright at the museum

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Halloween in January? Why not? The Queens Museum’s annual wintertime Spooktacular seems more appropriate than ever in these scary times.

The museum is hosting its annual winter costume party this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and everyone’s invited.

You and your kids will feel as if you’re stepping into an alternate universe when you discover a supernatural New York cityscape (think creepy Gotham) that features a variety of spine-chilling activities for all ages (but mostly kids ages 3–11).

The offerings are stuff that your little zombies and goblins would have gotten a kick out of back in the fall: The Staten Island Ghost Ferry, Menacing Manhattan Skyscraper Tightrope, Bronx Zoo Freaky Feather Balancing, Quaking Queens Photo Booth, Bewitched Brooklyn Ball Toss, Ghosts and Godzillas Scavenger Hunt, and much more.

The $20 ticket price (for adults and kids) includes a raffle ticket, and proceeds support museum programing year-round.

“This year, the Queens Museum’s sixth-annual family fund-raiser offers one of the most unique opportunities to experience New York City through the eyes of artist and educator, Gregory Corbino. We welcome children and families who love the Museum’s programs for thousands of students and children across New York City, to support the work of our education department through ticket purchases and donations to the event,” said the Museum’s deputy director, Debra Wimpfheimer.

Produced by Corbino, a multi-talented Brooklyn creative, Spooktacular’s BOO! York City is like All Hallow’s Eve gone wild. And you won’t want to miss the Circus Amok Band and the Savvy Soul Line Dancers.

A colorful and avante-garde NYC-based circus and theater troupe, Circus Amok reinvents the circus form. They have been producing and presenting free outdoor performances in city parks for many years.

Pushing creative boundaries, some of their performances have addressed social justice and political issues, which in recent years have included housing, health care, gentrification, gay marriage, immigration, the Department of Homeland Security, police brutality, and public education.

A parent described Queens Museum’s Spooktacular event in a recent Facebook post: “I took my child and two of her friends several years ago. The artists did such a fabulous job with the decor and activities for the children. I was so impressed by their talent and creativity.”

You can book your tickets here.

$20 Adult or Child ticket price includes one complimentary raffle ticket

$75 Up to 5 event tickets, 5 raffle tickets ($45 value), Family Membership to the Queens Museum

$150 Up to 6 event tickets, 12 raffle tickets ($100 value), Family Membership, Opportunity for advance sign-up for Big Time Summer Art Thing for Kids Summer Camp (placement not guaranteed)

$500 Admission for 2 families, 1 VIP Parking spot, Acknowledgement as Spooky Supporter on all promotional materials, plus all benefits listed at $150

Updated 2:59 pm, January 26, 2017
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