Krasl Art Center and the Coastline Children’s Film Festival (CCFF) combine forces for Flick-or-Treat! 

Head to KAC in St. Joseph on October 8 at 7:30 pm to decorate your own pumpkin to display at KAC and then enjoy projected silent films with a recorded piano accompaniment from Dr. Larry Shanker on KAC’s grounds. Pull up a blanket, enjoy popcorn, coffee or hot cocoa from Red Arrow Roasters, and experience classic films projected on Krasl Art Center’s building. A $2 suggested donation supports CCFF and KAC collaborations.

Flick-or-Treat 2021 was underwritten by the Virginia & Harvey Kimmel Family Foundation. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program administered by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.


Be a part of the event and showcase YOUR carved or decorated pumpkin to a Community Pumpkin Walk on view all weekend. Simply attend KAC Family Day from 11 am – 12:30 pm, and see the display during the films.




On October 8 starting at 7:30 PM, experience 10 classic silent short films projected onto KAC’s south-facing wall and accompanied by an improvisational piano performance by Dr. Larry Shanker, Executive Director and Music Specialist for the Brookview Montessori School. Bring blankets, chairs, and friends to this family-friendly outdoor fall event!

The films include:

The Astronomers Dream 1898 France 3:30 min 

This early silent film was directed by Georges Méliès and was released in France under the name, “La lune à un mètre,” in 1898. 


The Haunted Ship 1930 USA 7:40 min 

A plane flight for Waffles the Cat and Don Dog ends up underwater, where fish and walruses engage in a frightful frolic. The Haunted Ship is one of the very best Van Beuren cartoons. There is an incredible variety of eccentric, spirited animation on display.


Moonland 1926 USA 10 min 

A boy gazes at the Moon before falling asleep. When bedtime comes the sweet journey begins. This rarely seen silent short features Mickey McBan who starred in the silent Peter Pan. This is a gem of a fantasy film also starring an adorable little sweet dog. 


When The Clouds Roll By 1919 (Dream Sequence) 8 min. 

Douglas Fairbanks is in peril because his mind is slowly falling apart due to the machinations of the mad scientist next door. He is fed things like onions, lobster and rarebit before bed and haunted with nightmares that leave his mind even more off-kilter. Rarebit was a popular dish of hot cheese and beer sauce on toast and it was considered nightmare fuel thanks in part to a popular comic strip. 


Mutt & Jeff Slick Sleuths 1926 USA 6:10 min 

Detectives Mutt and Jeff are on the trail of the shadowy, shape-shifting Phantom. Will they solve this mystery of the unknown.? This version of Slick Sleuths presented here is rare. No doubt the ghostly presence of the Phantom in this cartoon sought influence from such black- shrouded menaces as the evasive criminal Fantomas, from the French silent film serials. 


The Eclipse, or the Courtship of the Sun and Moon 1907 France 9 min 

In this film, Méliès concocts a combination fairy and morality tale about the foolishness of trying to look too deeply into the workings of an unstable and inscrutable universe. 


The Haunted House with Buster Keaton 1921 USA 20 min 

Buster is a bank clerk. Overturned glue gets everything, mostly the money, stuck to everything else. When robbers show up he can’t “stick ‘em up” because his hands are stuck in his pockets. The robbers’ hideout is a haunted house designed to scare off the police. 


The Magic Mummy 1933 USA 6:50 min 

It opens when Tom and Jerry, as policemen, listen to the police radio, which broadcasts two officers singing and playing the piano. The merry song is soon interrupted, however, when a mummy has been stolen from the museum. One of the more enjoyable of the Tom and Jerry cartoons in its delightful lack of pretense, its rather surreal images, and joyful atmosphere.


The Red Spectre 1907 Spain 9.5 min Strange and delightful film from Spanish director Segundo de Chomón, his most famous work. It’s all fun and games for the skeleton but the fly in the ointment is another illusionist, a woman in her own blue cape who keeps trying to steal his pitcher and free his captives. The red spectre keeps trying to get rid of the pest but her abilities are equal to his and the whole thing culminates in a faceoff. 

The Skeleton Dance A Silly Symphony 1929 USA 5.5 min 

The title tells the story. A high point happens when one skeleton plays the spine of another in xylophone fashion, using a pair of thigh bones as hammers. It was the start of the legendary Silly Symphony series.