Halloween Tradition Continues at East Jersey Olde Towne Village

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PISCATAWAY – Are you looking for a frighteningly fun time that won’t spook your budget this Halloween? Then, Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission has your answer: East Jersey Olde Towne Village is hosting from Oct. 19 to 21 its Halloween activities, including the popular “Storytelling by Lantern Light” program.

Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume while participating in themed events held throughout the weekend.

Activities include a craft making session at 7 p.m. Friday for children ages 5 to 9, where they can make Jack o’ Lantern buckets to stash their goodies or a haunted house door hanger. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the craft session.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, actors from the Traveling Literary Theater will portray famous macabre authors Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stoker while reading from haunting masterpieces like Poe’s The Raven and The Telltale Heart and Stoker’s Dracula.

Storytellers also will share spooky stories by candlelight inside the Village’s historic buildings on Friday and Saturday evenings during two sessions each night. The first begins at 7 p.m.; the second at 8 p.m.

All sessions are free of charge to the public, and with activities for everyone in the family, there is nothing to be afraid of… except the stories! Refreshments will also be served. Participants are invited to come in costume. Visitors may register for more than one session in order to hear more than one storyteller.

“East Jersey Olde Towne Village functions as a “living museum,” offering excellent public programs of high standard that include educational workshops, seminars, concerts, exhibitions and community gatherings,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro. “Every year our Halloween festivities draw hundreds of residents because they offer just the right mix of spooky fun for the whole family.”

“Our Cultural and Heritage Commission does so much throughout the year to educate and entertain residents of all ages,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I encourage you to check out the outstanding programming.”

East Jersey Olde Towne Village is located at 1050 River Road in Piscataway. Registration is required. Call 1-732-745-3030 to register. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 711, the New Jersey Relay Service. TTY users dial 1-732-745-3888.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village and the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission office are fully accessible sites. The program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.


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