“The Met Pajama Party: Lights Out at The Met” invites kids and their families to join in a Halloween-inspired evening of activities, treats and dancing at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. At this year’s Egyptian-themed event, guests will visit art stations to make their own broad collars, canopic jars and magical stela, then dance to live music by Mil’s Trills.
An “Ask the Expert” station for fourth-graders and up will feature associate curator Janice Kamrin from The Department of Egyptian Art, who will share her knowledge about Egyptian funerary practices.
Specialty menu items will include Mummy hot dogs and a “Bloody Ghoul” mocktail for kids.
The event will be hosted by The Met Family Circle co-chairmen Lily Band, Jill Brienza, Sharon Hurowitz, Tamara Minguez-MacMillan and Sharon Wee.
We have our own fond memories of The Temple of Dendur, being among the last reporters ever to go into its inner sanctum. (OK, so we just followed a bunch of other reporters during a press preview, alarming a guard until the Egyptian Department head – now curator emeritus — Dorothea Arnold said it was OK. Interestingly, the outside of the Roman-era temple is covered in 19th century graffiti. The inner sanctum is untouched, but then, when you commune with the divine, you have no need of embellishment.
Yearning to make like the Emperor Augustus? You’ll need a ticket — $70; $55 for children.
The Met is on Fifth Avenue and 83rd Street in Manhattan. For more, visit metmuseum.org.
The Hudson Valley, of course, is always Halloween central as the setting for Tarrytown author Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The Slambovian Circus of Dreams hits Irvington Town Hall Theater 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 with its “Grand Slambovian Halloween Ball.” Come dressed as Irving, one of his “Legend”ary characters or your favorite literary or historical icon. Tickets are $27. For more, visit irvingtontheater.com.
Through Oct. 31, storytellers Jonathan Kruk and Jim Keyes unspool “The Legend” at Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow. We haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Keyes perform but Kruk is spellbinding. Why not catch them and then take in the Anne Rice-ian “Horseman’s Hollow” at neighboring Philipsburg Manor?
Don’t forget “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” – Christo’s “Gates” for the junior set – is once again packing them in at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson through Nov. 24.
For all of these events, visit hudsonvalley.org.
Last but certainly not least, l’escale restaurant bar at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor is hosting a “Halloween Soirée” Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 9 p.m. to, well, whenever. There will be music, dancing and a costume contest. For reservations, call 203-661-4600.
– Georgette Gouveia