By Nikki Velarde
The Belton Journal
Last Thursday the Bell County Museum opened their doors to little ghouls and goblins, princesses and heroes for their Second Annual Night at the Museum.
The purpose of this event is to “provide a free, fun and educational way for the children of Bell County to celebrate Halloween” commented Stephanie Turnham, the Director at the Bell County Museum.
Last year was the first time the museum held the event and they were only expecting around 70-80 guests. Their expectations were far surpassed when around 500 people came to participate in the festivities, and this year was just as good.
Temple resident Martha Davidson commented how she’s been wanting to bring her daughter “to the museum for a while now and she was begging me to take her here for Night at the Museum. I’m glad they have this going on, she seems to be having fun” she commented as her daughter, dressed as a princess, joined the myriad of other little royalties wandering the museum.
Little trick-or-treaters were able to walk through the museum and visit with various historical characters who talked about their lives. In attendance was the artist Marie Cronan, a paratrooper who landed on the beaches of Normandy, Amelia Earhart, an Indian chief, and some cowboys. In the pioneer house, Lucinda Marshall, wife of John Leggett Marshall, spoke about her husband and his importance to the history of Texas.
Children were able to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibit and in recognition of Hispanic Heritage month, made tissue paper flowers with Frida.
Also, in honor of Texas Archeology Month, kids were able to make cotton-tipped arrows with archeologists in the Gault Site exhibit.
Along with the educational stories from historical characters and craft stations, there was a scavenger hunt, costume contest, and of course tricks and treats.
The Bell County Museum in conjunction with students from the American Marketing Association chapter at UMHB were able to put on another great Night at the Museum event for both parents and kids.