Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Annual Trick-or-Treat hosted at Crisp Museum

Friday, November 6, 2020
Courtney Hilse's daughter found her spooky rag doll item, checking the item off of her Halloween scavenger hunt paper on Saturday, Oct. 31. The scavenger hunt paper included 36 Spooky items for guests to find.
Photo by Miya Andrews

The Southeast community gathered at the Crisp Museum Saturday, Oct. 31, to celebrate Halloween together, participating in a scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving and making paper decorations.

This event is held annually for the community to connect with the museum and with each other.

The museum staff took into consideration how this Halloween would be different for some families and children. They wanted to create an environment that would be safe and COVID-19-friendly.

“Things have been a little different — there has not been much stuff going on for the kids to do as there normally is. Like, there are not that many trunk-or-treats going on,” Cape Girardeau resident Courtney Hilse said.

Visitors to the museum from previous events in the week created the different stations at the museum. The museum provided an extra day for everyone to attend the events they otherwise might not have been able to.

For the scavenger hunt, the museum set up different spooky items around the exhibit to blend in with the historical pieces for the guests to find.

After finishing the scavenger hunt, guests were instructed to report back to the front to collect their gift. The gift options included a little dinosaur, glow-in-the-dark sticks and Halloween stickers.

“It is really nice to have people come in and actually see the museum and get to do all the fun hand crafts that we have planned for them,” said Sam Barndt, a staff member and freshman majoring in theater.

At the end of the night, the museum concluded the scavenger hunt with a drawing for a grand prize: a cauldron filled with Halloween candy.

To find information about future events at the Crisp Museum, visit their website or give them a call at (573) 651-2260.