NEWS RELEASE: Trick-or-Treat Tradition Returns to Huguenot Street October 31
NEW PALTZ, NY (September 30, 2016) – Following two successful years of this new annual tradition on Huguenot Street, children and families are welcome to once again walk the street on Halloween night, October 31, trick-or-treating at the historic houses from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Free and open to the public, a portion of Huguenot Street will be closed to vehicular traffic while children trick-or-treat. Children and adults can expect to meet "residents" that span the National Historic Landmark District's centuries-long history, including colonial-era women, Revolutionary War soldiers, a Victorian-era socialite and her house maid, flappers from the Roaring Twenties, and other costumed interpreters.
“Trick-or-treating has been an established custom in America since the mid-20th century,” explained Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming. “We’re happy to provide a safe, vehicle-free area for children to trick-or-treat year after year while simultaneously introducing them to the history of our street.”
Refreshments will be available at DuBois Fort Visitor Center at 81 Huguenot Street. The entire street will be decorated, including a campfire, for an immersive Halloween experience. This event is free and open to the public.
A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century. It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.
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