October 22, 2008
Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with period-correct treats 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 to make, 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. "As children in costume visit the historic buildings, their treats will be period-correct 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." Period treats include:
Arellano added that the community has been very supportive of this event. "The Maize is providing corn and shocks 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 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.