See "The Clark After Dark" At Halloween Family Program October 25

For Immediate Release

October 08, 2003

Creepy crafts, eerie entertainment, and fiendish food lie in store for those who dare attend "Clark After Dark," a Halloween family event at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

"Clark After Dark" will feature ghosts in the galleries during haunted tours, offered on the half hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kids and parents will also enjoy using magnifying glasses to hunt for mysterious figures lurking in the shadows of the photographs in the exhibition Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography, on view throughout the evening.

At 6 p.m., CosacomicaKids will present "The Mighty Mysterious Megapuff," a mask, puppet, mime, and music show for children ages 3 and up. The show follows the adventures of intrepid clowns Shmurple and Shmatt, played by Wendy Walraven and Matt Passetto, and their Encyclopoodle, who knows everything.

Storyteller Michael Parent will tell scary ghost stories (for ages 10 and up) at 7 p.m. Parent has performed throughout the United States and received the National Storytelling Network's "Circle of Excellence" Award in 1999.

Activities include making ghostly candles, haunted house candy cups, and other crafts, and decorating pumpkins from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Kids are encouraged to come to the party in pretend "dress up" clothes-old fashioned hats, parasols, gloves--like those worn by the people in Baldus's photographs. The exhibition features a series of mysterious photographs of figures on the grounds of an aging French chateau in 1856. Édouard Baldus is on view at the Clark through December 28.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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