Fenton History Center Hosting Halloween Open House

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The Fenton History Center will be hosting a Spooktacular Halloween open house at the end of the month.

Janet Wahlberg, President of the Fenton History Center Board of Trustees is a part of the group setting up the event. 

“Well, we’re trying to make it as colorful as we can and interesting to the children and the families who come. So in each room they see something that sparks their Halloween interest. Not making it too scary, we don’t believe in the too scary type of thing. But so that people will want to come, bring their families,” says Wahlberg.

New this year is a Day of the Dead exhibit. The event will also feature Disney character’s like Cinderella and Snow White. The night will conclude with two hours of trick-or-treating on each floor for the kids. 

Wahlberg says open houses like this allow the center to connect with the community and to get them interested in coming back. 

“It gives us that opportunity, no matter when anyone comes or what time of the year. It’s always a wonderful opportunity to welcome, ask them if they’ve been here before, point out something we think might be extra interesting to them, so to make sure they look at that,” says Wahlberg. 

Jane Babinsky, Fenton History Center Executive Director says getting children involved with fun events like this can help introduce them to history outside of school.

“However, they don’t bring the classes in anymore because they have a different focus. And history is important I think for everybody to learn. We can learn from our mistakes as well as learn about all the positive things that happened in history,” explains Babinsky.

Earlier this month, members of the community made the ‘Saints and Sinners’ walking tour at the center the most successful event yet, 

Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes, and to check out the Underground Railroad exhibit in the basement featuring the Headless Horseman. 


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