PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission invites county residents to experience this year’s spooky Halloween themed programs.
These free programs will take place at The Village in East Jersey Olde Towne Village at 1050 River Road in Piscataway. Refreshments will be served and costumes are welcomed.
Friday, October 24 at 7 p.m. - Children’s Halloween Crafts
Children ages 5 to 9 are invited to create two different Halloween crafts: a Paper Witch made using self-adhesive strips to give her loopy hair, and a fun Pumpkin and Spider Web sign that shines with plastic rhinestones. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 at 7 and 8 p.m. - Storytelling by Lantern Light
Dave Emerson: Folk Tales from Ireland and New Jersey that warm, tickle and chill the heart
Gerry Fierst: Spooky Tales that capture the magic of Halloween
Fred Quinn: New storyteller for this year, featuring a selection of seasonal Halloween tales
Sunday, October 26, 2 p.m. - “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
History and storytelling blend through this performance from actor Neill Hartley as Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Here, Irving begins to recount the tale of the Headless Horseman. As he narrates, Irving steps into the role of Ichabod Crane and the audience experiences the eerie ride of the Horseman through Crane’s eyes.
“The Cultural and Heritage Commission has once again put together a great array of activities. Kids will enjoy the crafts, and our older visitors will be equally thrilled by the storytelling,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.
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. I hope many people will attend these free events.”
All sessions are free of charge, but registration is required. Please register for one storyteller per session by contacting the Village, 732.745.3030. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732.745.3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay Service. East Jersey Olde Towne Village is an accessible site. An Assistive Listening System is in use and available during the program; an American Sign Language Interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request. Wheelchairs are also available upon request for visitors who may need assistance from the parking lot to the programs.
Funding for Halloween by Lantern Light is provided in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.