Free Evening Halloween Program at Old Sturbridge Village October 25

"Treats and Tricks" event is free to the public; replaces "Things that Go Bump in the Night"

(Sturbridge, Mass.) Oct. 14, 2013 – In an effort to make programs at Old Sturbridge Village more affordable for families on a budget, the museum has revamped its popular "Things that Go Bump in the Night" event and will waive entrance fees and offer free admission for the new offering -- "Treats & Tricks" set for 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 25. 

Children can take part in "spooky but safe" trick-or-treating from house-to-house around the Village Common, which will be decorated for Halloween. Visitors can enjoy juggling by Lucky Bob the Comedic Juggler, hear tales by storyteller Katie Greene, and see puppet shows by Carravan Puppets. Since everyone will receive free admission for the "Treats and Tricks" event, guests are encouraged to bring canned goods for donation to a local food pantry. For times and details: www.osv.org; 800-SEE-1830. 

Old Sturbridge Village President and CEO Jim Donahue said the decision to offer a free event rather than a fee-based Halloween program is an effort to make the Village more accessible to everyone. "Economists may say that the recession has ended, but families are still very concerned about their household finances. We are offering free admission to this family-friendly celebration as a way to give something back to our visitors and supporters."

With free parking and admission for "Treats & Tricks," OSV staffers are looking forward to a large turnout on Friday evening October 25.  "Trick-or-treating is a cherished childhood memory for most of us, and we think Old Sturbridge Village is the perfect place to share this experience with younger generations," Donahue said.

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is one of the largest living history museums in the country.  The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week, offering free parking and a free return visit within 10 days.  For times and details of all OSV daytime activities and evening special events, visit: www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.

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