Halloween Fun at Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (OCTOBER 9, 2017) – Old Salem Museums & Gardens will again offer up some great treats—no tricks!—for Halloween this year. Visitors to Old Salem Museums & Gardens can enjoy three family friendly Halloween events in late October.

Legends and Lanterns Halloween Tours

Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28

Join Old Salem for a Legends and Lanterns walking touron Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28between 7 and 9 p.m. for a Legends and Lanterns walking tour at Old Salem. During this 45-60 minute tour, a costumed guide will light the way by lantern through Salem’s nighttime streets. Participants will visit several haunting stops in the historic district and hear tales of a local ghostly legend, or interact with a person from the past. Attendees might even catch a glimpse of a ghost or two while visiting Old Salem’s historic buildings.

Tours are scheduled to depart from the Horton Museum Center (924 S. Main Street) every 15 minutes. Content is suitable for all ages, but does require extensive walking on streets and uneven brick sidewalks. Tour group size is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Tickets for Legends and Lanterns Halloween Toursare $35 per person,(plus applicable sales tax). Please call 1-800-441-5305 to reserve a tour date and time or purchase online at oldsalem.org.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Saturday, October 28, FREE

Show off your pumpkin carving creativity and imagination at this outdoor contest on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty, on the grass of Salem Square at the corner of Academy and South Main Streets. Free pumpkins will be provided while supplies last, although a donation is suggested; please bring your own carving tools. All children must be supervised by a parent, guardian or other adult. No pets, please. In the event of heavy rain, the event will be canceled.

Participants will have a chance to win prizes in various categories. The carved pumpkins will be lighted and displayed on the Salem Square fence on Sunday, October 29, during a district-wide trick or treating event for the public from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants can take their jack-o-lanterns home, if they wish, after 7:30 p.m. on October 29.

Trick or Treat in Old Salem

Sunday, October 29, FREE

Back for its sixth year, Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host its popular trick-or-treating event, presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty, on South Main Street, from 438 South Main Street to the Frank L. Horton Museum Center. The hours are 6-7:30 p.m. Volunteers will be stationed at the doors of the historic buildings, giving out candy, while the supply lasts. Some residents of Old Salem who live on South Main Street also will be participating.

Young ghosts and goblins should be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult and wear light-colored costumes and clothing for safety. South Main Street will be closed to traffic during the event. Off-duty police officers will be stationed at some street intersections to direct traffic. No pets, please. No masks for adults will be allowed. In the event of heavy rain, the event will be canceled.

Visit oldsalem.org for full details and schedule of Halloween weekend activities.

About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.