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Celebrate Halloween's Irish Roots at East Jersey Old Towne in Piscataway

Credits: Middlesex County Office of Information

EAST JERSEY OLDE TOWNE, PISCATAWAY -  The Middlesex County Office of Cultural and Heritage invites you to experience this year’s fun and slightly spooky Halloween-themed programs. 

These free programs will take place at the Indian Queen Tavern inside East Jersey Old Town Village at 1050 River Road in Piscataway. The program is free of charge, but registration is required. 

The different sessions are:

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Children’s Craft Session 
Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are invited to make two different Halloween-themed crafts.  The first is a spooky and fun trick-or-treat doorknob hanger. Have fun gluing the colorful foam pieces to create your own design!  The second craft is a flowerpot ghost craft you can assemble to hang in a window.  Black bats, pumpkins and more will be available to decorate your flowerpot. Registration is required.  Please call 732-745-3030, ext. 310.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Storytelling Sessions

Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Each guest can attend two of the three storytellers’ performances (at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.).  Please specify your choices when registering.  Refreshments will be served.  Costumes are welcomed.


David Emerson: Folk tales from Ireland and New Jersey that will make you laugh…and scream!


Gerald Fierst: Spooky stories that will surely send a chill up your spine!


Judy England-McCarthy: New to the program this year, come hear tales that will captivate both children and adults with the spirit of Halloween.


Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.

Before the Dhoul Knows Yer Dead

In this enthralling program, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller Robert Mouland will portray historical figure Michael Keane, an Irish harper and storyteller who came to the American colonies in 1754 as harper to the Royal Governor of North Carolina. Mouland will focus on Halloween and its roots in Ireland through story and song. He uses many antique instruments including a wire-strung Irish harp, a c. 1760 baroque violin, a c. 1790 baroque flute, a c. 1770 English guitar, a flageolet (a small flute), and a hurdy-gurdy.


Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee, said: “The Office of Cultural and Heritage has once again put together a great array of activities for Halloween. Kids will enjoy the crafts, and our older visitors will be equally thrilled by the storytelling.”


Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios added: “If you like the spooky side of Halloween, but don’t want the scares of a haunted house -- or have a child who feels the same way -- this event is a great way to celebrate the season.”


Call (732) 745-3030, ext. 310 to register or for directions or information.  Persons with hearing disabilities may dial (732) 745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. 


East Jersey Old Town Village is an accessible site.  An Assistive Listening System will be in use during programs.  An American Sign Language Interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request. Wheelchairs are available upon request for visitors who may need assistance from the parking lot to the lectures.


To register online, send an email to  Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732.745.3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. In case of inclement weather, call 732.462.8262.


Funding for Halloween Storytelling by Lantern Light is provided in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State.


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