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History, Halloween mix for fun at Castle

October 13, 2011
By Erin E. O’Neill - The Marietta Times ( , The Marietta Times

History and Halloween will go hand-in-hand as The Castle in Marietta presents Traditions in Halloween, an overnight program for area third- through fifth-graders.

"Part of our mission when we opened in 1993 was to educate the community," said Scott Britton, The Castle's executive director. "Stewart Bosely (the last lease holder of the home) left it in his will that The Castle should be used by the City of Marietta for educational purposes. We offer these programs in a continuing effort to do just that."

Children who attend the overnight event at The Castle this weekend will not only learn about the history of the home and of the area but the history of some Halloween traditions.

"We are going to have a scavenger hunt this year, which is a great way for the kids to learn the history of The Castle and the people who lived here," said Jessica Goodnight, education director. "It will also give them an overview of the place where they will be staying the night."

Along with the scavenger hunt, a pizza party is planned, as well as "graveyard" cake decorating, spooky story writing, the history of why people wear costumes and the custom of carving pumpkins.

"It is actually an Irish tradition. They used to carve turnips, but (in the U.S.) we had pumpkins," said Goodnight.

Fact Box

If you go

What: Traditions of Halloween - An overnight for the stouthearted.

Where: The Castle, 418 Fourth St., Marietta.

Who: Third- through fifth-graders.

When: Friday into Saturday, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $50 per child; all meals and materials included. Reservations are required and can be made by calling The Castle at 373-4180.

A child-friendly ghost hunt will also be lead by docent "Witchy Poo" and will wind up in the tower, "the scariest part of the tour," according to Goodnight.

"It really is geared not to be a scary night," she said. "We would like them to sleep."

The event is for around 30 children and spaces are still available by calling The Castle at 373-4180. Children should bring a change of clothes, pajamas, a sleeping bag and overnight necessities.



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