Here, Barrett depicts three children, walking in a glow of white through the streets of Poughkeepsie donned in Halloween costumes. On the back of the painting appears to be a practice painting of a pinecone:
This painting on panel illustrates the ideals of Social Realism and Regionalism - popular artistic trends of the 1930s. Both styles strived to recognize the everyday life of Americans. Art Historian Marlene Park writes, “Regionalism was a way to keep what was good from the past, to discover the originality of the present, and to counter the increasing uniformity imposed by industrialization.”
"From the Archives" is brought to you by Jean Hinkley. Ms. Hinkley is a graduate student of museum studies at Marist College. Growing up in Poughkeepsie influenced the way that Jean approaches thinking about cultural institutions, particularly in how to engage with local communities. Her research within the Barrett Art Center archives seeks to shed light on the unique character of Thomas Barrett and demonstrate that there is much to learn from our Hudson Valley history.
 Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz, Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal (Temple University Press: Philadelphia, 1984), p. 68.