October 22, 2008
Trick-or-treaters are invited to participate in Heritage Halloween at the National Ranching Heritage Center, from 4 - 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
The National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) will host an old-fashioned Harvest Festival from 4 - 7 p.m., Oct. 31, during the 2nd annual Heritage Halloween at the Ranch event. Visitors of all ages can attend free of charge.
Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with treats of the times as they visit several of the historic structures at the NRHC. Also offered are hay rides through the park, a cakewalk at the McLaughlin Arbor and fall crafts such as pin wheels and cornhusk dolls in the Pitchfork Pavilion.
“Heritage Halloween is an opportunity for children to enjoy the holiday in a safe and educational way,” said Emily Arellano, event coordinator and manager of education at the NRHC. “As children in costume visit the historic buildings, their treats will be period-appropriate for each house. For example, at the 1909 Barton House, volunteers will be handing out Hershey’s Kisses, which were developed in 1907. At the 1886 Las Escarbadas division of the XIT Ranch, trick-or-treaters will receive Tootsie Rolls, which were developed in 1896.”
Arellano added that the community has been very supportive of this event.
“The Maize is providing corn and shucks to decorate the historical park and the Ranch Hosts volunteers will demonstrate traditional activities such as pulling taffy,” she said.
Cogdell’s General Store will be open with Halloween decorations, gifts and fall merchandise.
Heritage Halloween is free, but donations are welcome at the door. For additional information, contact Arellano at (806) 742-0498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.