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Better not mothball your Halloween costume too quickly this year. On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Brooklyn Museum of Art will give all spooks and ghouls a new lease on (undead) life during "First Saturday," its free, monthly program of arts, music and entertainment.

This month’s edition honors both Halloween and the Latin Day of the Dead, which falls on Sunday, Nov. 2. To encourage patrons to do the same, the museum is inviting artists of all ages and skill levels to cut and string together a Day of the Dead papel picado banner from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and then participate in a costume contest during the 9 pm to 11 pm dance party with prizes for the best Halloween and Day of the Dead costumes.

This month’s edition, which lasts from 5 pm to 11 pm, will also feature a Haitian dance performance by the Ayiti La Dance Company (pictured) at 8 pm, and storyteller Marie-Lily Cerat will fright and delight kids and grown-ups alike with the Haitian folktale "Plenadòr" (7 pm).

Two films will be screened: "When the Spirits Dance Mambo," a 2002 documentary about the international impact of Afro Cuban ritual music (5 pm), and 1998’s "The Serpent and the Rainbow," the Wes Craven-directed voodoo thriller (9 pm). Rounding out the night will be Klezmer music by the band Golem (6 pm) and a talk by curator Elizabeth Easton on 700 years of European painting (8 pm).

The Brooklyn Museum of Art is located at 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Avenue. For more information, call (718) 638-5000.

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