Frightful creatures and spooky art activities await at “Eat a Bug!” Family Arts Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET). Children and their families are invited to celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead by decorating sugar skulls and enjoying a variety of exciting art activities. The Mexican Heritage Society will also perform traditional Mexican Folk Dancing at this Family Arts Day.

Capping off this annual event is the daring and adventurous tasting of fried crickets. Bill Clark Pest Control, Inc. will provide bugs of all sizes for courageous tasters to sample. Keeping with the harrowing holiday theme, AMSET will resurrect another popular activity – decorating sugar skulls. These skulls traditionally help children celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Central American holiday celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2.

This Family Arts Day is held in conjunction with the exhibitions Dornith Doherty: Oasis, which features manipulated digital photographic prints of seeds from international seed banks, and Celia Eberle: In the Garden of Ozymandias, which features mixed media sculpture.  Families are invited to explore these exhibitions and replicate these artists’ techniques through hands-on art activities such as seed collages and sun prints.  Other exciting art activities will include sugar skulls, bugs, piñatas and more.  Children are also encouraged to wear Halloween costumes for our Costume Contest at noon.  Prizes will be awarded!!!

Face painting and refreshments will round out this “spooktacular” event.  As always, admission to Family Arts Day is free and open to the public. For more information, call (409) 832-3432 or visit

This program is made possible in part by Bill Clark Pest Control Inc. (In kind), Coburn Supply Company Inc., ExxonMobil Refining and Supply, Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Ford, Jr., Janie & Mark Steinhagen, Regina Rogers, Sam’s Club, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment fund, the Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Trust, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, The Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Beaumont.

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