Halloween Traditions Come Alive at Historic Sully
Celebrate All Hallows Eve
Treat yourself this Halloween with a glimpse into historic traditions that evolved into the holiday celebrations of today. Take a lantern-guided tour and see centuries-old customs at Sully’s annual Historic All Hallows Eve celebration on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 4 until 7 p.m.
Halloween, a shortened version of All Hallows Eve, emerged from the Celtic festival of Samhain, ancient Roman festivals and Christian All Saints Day. With similar themes of harvest and protection from evil spirits, these festivals were celebrated with family gatherings, special foods and entertainment.
Sit by a flickering fire for traditional folk stories at the slave quarter. Visit with the fortune teller to get a glimpse of the future. Hear a dramatic reading of the tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman from Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Tractor-drawn wagon rides around the grounds will be available for an extra $2 per person.
Children can trick-or-treat around the site for old-fashioned candy. In the kitchen, see apple butter made over an open fire and see what foods would be prepared during this season. In the laundry, learn about medicinal herbs with sometimes dangerous effects.
Admission to this program is $10 per person. Advance registration is recommended and can be made online at Sully Historic Site Call 703-437-1794 for more information.