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Old Sturbridge Village, Halloween
October 31 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
The Village is open for standard daytime admission on Halloween (Sunday), complete with a few Halloween-themed programs! Hear tales of the Banshee, learn about the history of jack-o-lanterns, and hear selected readings of New England epitaphs. (Please note, performances are subject to change without notice).
10:00 a.m. Traditional Fairy Tales: Beloved tales for all ages (in the Bullard Tavern).
10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Tales of the Banshee: Ghostly Irish Tales (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
11:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Final Poems: Selected readings of New England epitaphs (meets at the Graveyard by the Center Meetinghouse).
12:00 p.m. A Story by Edgar Allen Poe: Hear a tale by the master of the macabre (in the Bullard Tavern).
1:00 p.m. How the Irish Gave us Halloween: The character of 19th Century Immigrant Mary Culligan carves a traditional Jack O’Lantern as she explains the Celtic holiday of Samhain (Halloween) (in front of the Small House).
1:30 p.m. Children Sing-a-long: 19th Century Children’s songs (in the Towne House Ballroom).
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. A performance on the New England Church Bass Viol (in the Center Meetinghouse)
Listen to and learn about the church bass or bass viol, an instrument which has not been played in nearly one and a half centuries.
Small House Costumed interpreters are here to help you understand the past as it relates to the present. Make this your first stop to say “good day” and orient yourself to our 1830s Village.
Cabinetmaking Shop Period cabinetmakers made a wide variety of wares including tables, chairs, chests and other case furniture. Explore our newest trade shop, and learn more about the tools and techniques used by nineteenth century woodworkers.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m.
Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
On The Farm
3:00 p.m. Milking Demonstration
(at the Freeman Farm)
Asa Knight Store Country stores brought in goods from all over the world, through seaports like Boston and Providence. They also bought locally produced goods such as butter, cheese, and handwork for sale in those urban commercial centers.
We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides (weather permitting), included with the price of admission, around the Village. Please note from 12:00 – 1:30 pm there are no Carryall operating.
From 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or in front of the Blacksmith Shop about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill pond.
New England on Parade
Learn about the long history of parades in this region, and their many purposes. Visit all 3 of the exhibitions’ locations in the Visitor Center, Countryside Gallery (indicated by “Cabinetmaking Exhibit” on the map), and Militia Exhibit.
Did You Know? Sunday is not just Halloween!
On October 31, 1804, Salem Towne Jr. and Sally Spurr were married. Salem and Sally lived in the Salem Towne House that is now at the Village. The house was originally built in 1796 in Charlton, MA, and Salem Towne Jr. inherited it in 1825 after his father (Salem Towne Sr.) passed away.