Folklore, Games & Treats: 10/28

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 Museum, enjoy some
hands-on activities in our Pavilion, and learn about folklore and other traditions at the Museum’s exhibits.  All are encouraged to wear costumes!


  • Saturday , October 28th

Schedule of Fun & Spooky Activities:

  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Folklore, Legends, and Crafts  (Museum Exhibits)
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Halloween Activities (Pavilion)
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Trick or Treating  (Old World Exhibits)
  • 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm: FREE Movie – Hocus Pocus  (Pavilion)


Pay-What-You-Will, and of course FREE for Annual Pass Holders.

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.

Kids – Get Your Passport Stamped and Win a Prize!
Pick up your passport when you arrive. Visit each site to learn about a legend, folklore, or tradition that occurred in that time. Get your passport stamped at each exhibit earn a prize

West Africa:

  • Activity:  Mask-making
  • Learn about Masquerade traditions


  • Activity:  Pumpkin seed spitting contest
  • Learn about the use of apples and nuts as part of England’s traditions


  • Activity: Jack McLantern carving (interpreter demonstrations) and pebble toss
  • Learn how carved turnips were used for to ward off evil spirits


  • Activity: Witches Rite recreated in the Straw Bale Maze
  • Learn how people protected themselves from evil witches


  • Activity: Storytelling
  • learn how Native American cultural traditions and history were transmitted through stories and rites

1740s America:

  • Activity: “Shoot the witch”
  • Learn how early settlers feared witchcraft, and in how witches were ascribed tremendous powers in the folklore of colonial America

1820’s America:

  • Activity:  Bake oven, apple pies; Children can practice making their own “pie crusts”
  • Learn about pie crust decorating, apple harvest (preservation).

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.


Pavilion Fun & Games:  3:00 – 5:00 pm

  • Annual Pass Raffle. FREE to enter. We will choose 5 winners at 4:45 pm
  • Balloon Artist – FREE
  • Face Painter- FREE
  • Caricaturist- FREE
  • Craft – Witches’ Brew
  • Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest:  3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30
    • $1.00 per entry.
    • Age limit is 5-13
  • Food Vendor: Popcorn, hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, hot chocolate, soda, water, cookies, and pizza are for sale!


Movie :  Hocus Pocus  7:15 – 8:30 pm

Join us for the Disney Halloween classic movie, Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler.

After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

  • Admission is FREE
  • Film start at 7:15 pm sharp
  • Food concession stand will remain open until 8:30 pm
  • Folding chairs available, but feel free to bring comfy chairs and blankets if you wish