Historical Haunted Trail to Debut at Liberty Hall Museum This Halloween

A spooky new way to celebrate Halloween debuts at Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University this October. The grounds of Liberty Hall will open for the first time at night as visitors walk the half-mile haunted trail, Revolutionary Woods: Six Terrifying Tales from the American Revolution. Undead spirits, called "Griefs" will lead visitors on the trail as chilling tales, blood-curdling spectacle and restless spirits of a bloody and revolutionary past are revealed.

See Joshua Huddy with a noose around his neck, a victim of venomous British revenge for the death of so many loyalists. Or meet Mary Post who is set to hang at the hands of irate patriots after being outed as a Loyalist spy! Her wrath knows no limit, and anyone who disturbs the tree she hanged from will no doubt suffer unspeakable torment.

The journey through the Colonial hereafter will conclude at the Brown House, where light refreshments will be served, and a hayride will take visitors safely back to their vehicles. Revolutionary Woods will be scaring guests over the course of four nights on Fridays and Saturdays, October 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 7 - 11:30 p.m. with groups of 15 leaving every half hour. Tickets are $20 per person, $18 for museum members. Reservations are required to ensure a spot - don't miss out!

Looking for more traditional, light-hearted fall activities? Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University has those too. Enjoy Liberty Hall's breathtaking autumn vistas and orchards and spend a rejuvenating afternoon apple picking and leaf peeping. Apples are $8 for a small bag/$10 for a large bag. The museum store will also be selling pumpkins and gourds for all your fall decorating needs.

For those looking for an all-inclusive harvest celebration, the museum's wildly popular annual Pumpkin Patch Day on Saturday, October 29 (rain date is October 30) from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. offers a variety of fall activities appropriate for all ages in a single, convenient day trip. In addition to pumpkin picking, carving and painting, children will experience a good old-fashioned hayride and make Halloween crafts. Admission is $12 for children and $8 for adults, and children under 3 are free. There is an additional charge for pumpkins, and lunch will be available for purchase from a vendor. Reservations are not required but are suggested.

Liberty Hall's elegant Afternoon Tea continues the second and fourth Wednesday of the month on October 12 and 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. This exquisite traditional tea service, which includes a sumptuous selection of scones, assorted pastries, finger sandwiches, and the freshest of fruit, concludes with an intimate, guided tour of the museum's fascinating toy exhibit. Admission is $40, $35 for museum members. Reservations are required. Please call 908-527-0400 or purchase tickets on the museum website.

Lastly, guests looking for a fun and different kind of experience at Liberty Hall can attend the popular History Happy Hour taking place Thursday, October 27 from 7 - 9 p.m. Drinks, snacks and fun games are included, and the event offers time to mingle. This month's topic is ghost stories from Liberty Hall. Find out about the encounters the staff have experienced while working in a house that dates back to 1772. Will you be too scared to enjoy your drinks? The spooky evening will end with a round of Halloween themed trivia. Admission is $25 per person, $20 for museum members and Kean alumni. Reservations are required, and those attending must be 21 years old or older.

Reservations are required for all events. Call 908-527-0400 or purchase tickets on the museum website by visiting www.kean.edu/libertyhall/events.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University's six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master's degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit www.kean.edu.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. The museum is open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., with tours leaving every hour.

For reservations and further information, call 908-527-0400, e-mail libertyhall@kean.edu or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey.


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