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Several spooky events happening in Brookings

Several events are happening in Brookings this Halloween weekend. Two events will be happening within the School of Performing Arts: the Silent Film and Pipe Organ concert and the Haunted Trail. The South Dakota Art Museum and Agricultural Heritage Museum will be hosting an event the public can also participate in.

The School of Performing Arts will be hosting performances from silent film historian and musician, Ben Model, on Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30. Model is a leading silent film accompanist, who has performed in variety of venues nationally and internationally. He will provide a musical accompaniment to the silent film, “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with tickets available online for $27. This project was made possible by a gift through the SDSU Foundation, along with special arrangement by Woodbine Productions.

Another exciting event is the annual Haunted Trail at McCrory Gardens. The event is produced by Alpha Psi Omega (APO), the honorary theatre organization. Haunted Trail will take place Oct. 28 through Oct. 30 from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m.. Tickets are available for $10 or $9 with a nonperishable food item donation.

The Haunted Trail has taken place for over seven years. Brady Wright, president of APO and theatre minor, said audience members can expect a variety of themes across different areas of McCrory Gardens. “This is an experience you can’t get anywhere,” said Wright. “We turn the beautiful McCrory Gardens into a place of scaring like you wouldn’t believe. You will not regret coming to this experience!”

The South Dakota Art Museum and South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum will host its first Fall Family Festival on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. This free event will include trick or treating, games, crafts and a Halloween movie. Donna Merkt, director of the South Dakota Art Museum, said they are looking forward to making this a fun annual event for the community.

“All activities are free, masks are welcome (but not required) and activities are arranged to provide for social distancing,” explained Merkt. Both museums will have their own crafts and trick or treating spots for families to visit. There will be activities inside and outdoors, weather permitting.

Take part in the number of spooky events at SDSU and the Brookings community this Halloween!