Folklore, Games, and Treats: 10/27

Come join us for a full day of kid-focused seasonal activities at the Museum.  Families can bring their children to trick-or-treat around the Old World exhibits of the Museum, and learn about folklore and other traditions at the Museum’s exhibits.  All are encouraged to wear costumes!


  • Saturday , October 27


  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Regular admission / Free to Annual Pass Holders
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Free Admission for Trick or Treaters

Schedule of Activities:

  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Folklore, Legends, and Crafts  (on the Museum’s Exhibits).
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Trick or Treating  (Old World Exhibits)


Museum Exhibit Activities:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Every October, millions around the world celebrate Halloween. Like a few other holidays still found on the American calendar, Halloween and the folklore and traditions that surround it have ancient origins in pre-Christian Europe, and have been practiced in rural villages in one form or another for centuries.  Similar ancient folk celebrations and festivals are still held among human cultures all over the world, including those represented by the Frontier Culture Museum.

West Africa:

  • Activity:  Balophone and Storytelling…
    Before cultures developed the written word, historical events, values, cultural heritage, daily life events, and practices were transmitted to future generations through stories. West African storytelling tradition, uses a combination of music, voice, drama, and dance.


  • Activity:  Predicting the Future…
    The English have many local and regional Halloween traditions which originate in pre-Christian times. Many involve seasonal foods such as apples and nuts that were used in various ways to predict the future.


  • Activity: Jack McLantern Carving & Decorating…
    Learn how carved turnips were carved and then placed near doors and windows to ward off evil spirits during Samhain, when the veil that divides the world of the living from the world of spirits was at its weakest.


  • Activity: Witches Rite recreated in the Straw Bale Maze…
  • Learn how folk customs were supposed to protect people from the witches, such as wearing stockings inside out or turning brooms upside down.


  • Activity: Traditional Games. Food Preservation…
  • Food preservation would be the primary and essential task at this time of year.

1740s America:

  • Activity: Archaeological Excavations…
    Learn how archaeology and discovered artifacts can tell stories about different cultures and validate or negate folklore.

1820’s America:

  • Activity:  Bake oven, Pumpkin Pies…
    Pumpkins are an example of how European settlers adapted recipes and foodway traditions from the “Old World” to the natural resources available in North America.

1850s America:

  • Activity: Corn Husk Doll-Making…
  • Learn how the practice of making cornhusk dolls, first used among Native American cultures, were adopted by European settlers.