Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve at Sully
Treat yourself to Halloween history by heading to Sully
Historic Site for the third annual All Hallows’ Eve celebration.
It’s a family-friendly event designed to shed light
on centuries-old customs that evolved into the holiday traditions
“Our event gives you a glimpse of things that would have
been done on All Hallows’ Eve in the 18th and 19th centuries
and before,” said Sully event coordinator Barbara Ziman. “Halloween
is typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain,
which marked the end of the harvest.”
The Sully celebration features cooking demonstrations,
storytelling and other games and activities that were once
popular at Halloween, a shortened
version of All Hallows’ Eve.
“Fortune telling was done at
family parties as a parlor game,”
Ziman said, “and hollowed-out
pumpkins were used as pots
for cooking stew. We’ll have
cooking demonstrations in the
slave quarters and the kitchen,
and other family-friendly games
and activities throughout the
There’s nothing creepy or
spooky about this celebration,
although classic tales such as
Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” and Washington Irving’s “The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow” might give you goose bumps when
they are read by storytellers. It all takes place from 5-7 p.m.
on Saturday, October 20th at Sully. Register with Parktakes Online or call 703-437-1794 for details.