Halloween is a time for costumes, candy and carvings, and Har-Ber Village Museum’s Historical Haunted Halloween will celebrate with all three traditions. On Saturday, Oct. 26, Har-Ber Village will re-open from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. so participants can enjoy some not-too-scary fun.
“We are excited to offer this event again this year,” said Amelia Chamberlain, director. “Last year’s Historical Haunted Halloween was a big success, and we have been able to draw from that success and add to it to make this year’s event even more fun.”
During the special three-hour event, families can dress up in costume and bring their flashlights to visit various “citizens” of Har-Ber Village. At each stop along Front Street, guests will play games, hear slightly spooky stories and be regaled by storytellers, Civil War reenactors, witches, and dulcimer player Wendy Songe.
Local entertainer and magician Doug Anderson will introduce a new character “Doc Rogers,” who will seemingly read the thoughts of audience members and draw on more than 35 years of experience as a corporate entertainer and 25 years as a guest entertainer on cruise ships to delight visitors.
Younger visitors ages 8 and under can hear stories read by Grove librarian Brenda Newnam, make fun masks and bob for doughnuts in the Kid’s Station at no additional charge.
Arvest Bank will provide hot dogs free of charge to anyone attending, and guests can also enjoy apple cider.
This year guests of all ages are encouraged to gather at 7 p.m. and take part in a costume parade down Main Street.
Another new feature to the event is the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Anyone interested in carving and featuring a jack-o’-lantern in the contest may bring his or her creation to the Har-Ber Village Museum Visitor Center on Friday, Oct. 5 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There is no cost to enter the contest. Prizes will be given for first, second and third place.
Entered pumpkins will be placed along Main Street for viewing and voting by those attending Historical Haunted Halloween. Only one entry will be accepted per person, but there is no age limit for participants.
Har-Ber Village has a limited number of pumpkins for sale at The Country Store for just $5, although it is not required to purchase a pumpkin at the Village to participate in the contest.
Cost for the event is $7 for non-members and $4 for Har-Ber Village Museum members.
Historical Haunted Halloween is sponsored by First National Bank; Arvest Bank; Rich & Cartmill, Inc.; KGVE Radio; Doug Anderson; Melody Point, LLC; Grand Savings Bank; Wal-Mart and Harps.