Trick-or-treat through the sculpture garden
Eagan’s Caponi Art Park presents family Halloween event Oct. 27
Things may get a little bit spooky, but don’t expect any lurching blood-smeared zombies or other macabre terrors at Caponi Art Park’s Halloween event next weekend.
Geared to families – and held during daylight hours (1 to 4 p.m.) – “Halloween at the Art Park” on Saturday, Oct. 27, offers guests a “trick-or-treat tour” of several sculptures, led by costumed guides who will provide some background on each piece.
The sculptures on the tour – all permanent fixtures at the park, and all created by the Eagan art park’s founder Anthony Caponi – were selected based on some modicum of inherent creepiness.
Among the offerings on the sculpture tour are “Pompeii,” awash in what seem to be petrified skulls and skeletons, and “Snake,” a massive coiled reptile.
At each stop on the tour, children will get a piece of candy that relates to the sculpture. Last year’s tour saw Milky Way candy bars passed out at the sculpture “Walk in Outer Space.” Visitors received Twizzlers at “Struggle of the Elements” and were encouraged to try to replicate the sculpture’s twisty-turny curves with their licorice.
In addition to the sculpture tours, children can make Halloween crafts and participate in a superhero-themed scavenger hunt. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and harvest-festival treats such as hot apple cider and popcorn will be available.
There’s also a giant leaf pile. Young and old can jump right in.
“We have 60 acres of oak trees that will likely be dropping their leaves very soon,” said Jenna Strank, Caponi’s communications coordinator. “I imagine the leaf pile will be at least 15 feet across and 3 feet deep.”
Admission to “Halloween at the Art Park” is free with a $5 per person suggested donation; the “trick-or-treat tour” is for ages 5 and up.
More about the event is at www.caponiartpark.org.