Delaware Art Museum's first Halloween event for the whole family is Oct. 30, and includes beer tasting for the grown-ups and activities for the kids.

Tricks and treats will be alongside portraits and Pre-Raphaelites at the Delaware Art Museum’s inaugural Halloween celebration on Oct. 30.

The Festival of Goblins was the brainchild of a group of museum volunteers who wanted to bring the museum alive for families with young children, said Margaret Matteson, individual giving and membership manager.

“We felt that our collections really lend themselves to Halloween events,” she said.

The museum holds a painting by Jamie Wyeth called “Mischief Night,” she said, and the whimsical works of Howard Pyle, featuring some elaborately dressed pirates and cowboys, tend to resonate with kids.

The three-hour festival will feature Halloween arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, storytelling, a costume parade, luminary labyrinth walk and food for all ages. A beer tasting by Dogfish Head Brewery will help keep the adults occupied.

“We wanted the event to attract both parents and children,” said Mati Buccini, museum trustee and festival committee member.

The program is designed to attract families seeking a fun, safe Halloween activity, she said. Though the festival is open to kids of all ages, the suggested age range is 3 to 10.

Bringing kids into the museum for a lighthearted event is a great way to introduce them to the collections, Matteson said, and the festival’s trick-or-treat scavenger hunt is designed to give kids a closer look at some of the artworks.

“The idea is to send them out into the museum to see some of the art and then reward them with candy,” she said.

Matteson hopes the Festival of Goblins can become an annual museum event.
It’s a great way to mobilize the museum’s active corps of volunteer and give the community a new program to enjoy, she said.

Adam Zewe is a reporter for the Community News, a sister paper of the Dover Post.