The Bryan Museum in Galveston is known for hosting Halloween Spooktacular each year!
This free community event invites kids to visit the museum for two hours of games, educational activities and of
course, candy! Families love everything the event has to offer, including candy stations, a costume
parade, yard games, a food truck, spooky stories, fall crafts, themed photo spaces, and a ghost hunt.
As we all approach the holiday season, we are reminded of the importance of community events and
the opportunities that they create for families to bond and build social skills by interacting with friends
and strangers. The celebration of Halloween draws a true cross-section of the greater Galveston and
Houston community who all share a love of spooky make-believe. The picture of the “Addams Family”
with their dog – “Cousin It” – is a prime example. This creatively dressed family spent much of their time
posing for pictures for other attendees who stopped them to chat about their magnificent
costumes. The Bryan Museum’s Halloween events are no exception.
Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite super hero or fantasy costume!
Community events also provide new experiences for the whole family. The Halloween craft table
continues to be a favorite sensory experience for young visitors each year. Children love getting to
create clay spider and monsters.
This free spooky event will take place on the grounds of The Bryan Museum on Sunday, October 29 from
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Children also receive free admission into the Museum all day.
About the Bryan Museum
The mission of The Bryan Museum is to bring the history of Texas and the American West to life. Through its world-class collections, exhibitions, and educational history and literacy programs, students of all ages get a chance to experience the stories of yesterday and write the stories of tomorrow.
The Bryan Museum arose from humble beginnings. At age ten, J.P. Bryan acquired his first two pieces, a Moore’s Patent Front Loading Revolver and a Sharps Patent Four-Barrel Derringer. Both firearms still reside in the collection today.
In October 2013, J.P. and Mary Jon Bryan purchased the old Galveston Orphans Home in Galveston, Texas. After a careful restoration of the historic structure, The Bryan Museum opened in June 2015. With 20,000 square feet of exhibit space and lush, manicured grounds, it has become a Texas destination.
From there, the collection expanded both rapidly and eclectically. With a focus on artists who lived during the West’s Golden Age or when “the dust was still settling,” the museum’s art collection presents a unique opportunity for visitors to personally experience that period of history.
While attending the University of Texas, Bryan started a rare book and printing business with a friend. It was during this period that he began focusing his collecting on Texana. He started with rare books, in which he had a keen interest. Bryan’s uncle, Judge Lewis Wilson of Brazoria County, willed his impressive collection of Texas literature to Bryan, providing him with a strong foundation.