Liberty Hall Museum hosts series of fun themed events during October
By Adrianna Ruffo l Published Oct. 21, 2016
October has arrived and so have Halloween-themed festivities at Liberty Hall Museum, which will host special events throughout the month.
On Wednesday, Oct. 12th, the museum will host the first of these events; a monthly afternoon tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Halloween Afternoon Tea, which requires a reservation before attending, offers visitors the opportunity to drink tea and lunch on an assorted selection of scones, pastries, finger sandwiches and fresh fruit.
At the conclusion of the event, patrons will be given an intimate tour of the museum including the exhibit Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun. The event costs $40 per person and $35 if you are a Liberty Hall Museum member.
The second event, Liberty Live: My Lord! What a Night, is a thought-provoking narration of the night legendary performer Marian Anderson spent at Albert Einstein’s home. Liberty Live: My Lord! What a Night will run for four consecutive days beginning on Thursday, October 13th and ending on Sunday, Oct. 16th. The performance begins at 10:30 a.m. and tickets are $15.
Liberty Hall Museum will also be a participant in the New Jersey-wide event called Four Centuries in a Weekend. Four Centuries in a Weekend, which will take place on Oct. 15th and 16th, is an event in which all of the historic museums in Union County, New Jersey will be open to the public.
During Four Centuries in a Weekend, Liberty Hall will offer free admission to enter the first floor of the mansion. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. on Saturday. It will begin at noon and end at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
On Saturday, Oct. 29nd, Liberty Hall will host its annual Pumpkin Patch Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday, Oct. 30th. A fan-favorite fall tradition, Pumpkin Patch Day features pumpkin picking, hayrides and crafts which makes this event a hit for families.
Throughout the day, lunch will be served through vendors. The cost of this event is $12 for children, $8 for adults and free for children under 3-years-old with an additional charge for pumpkins.
On Oct. 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th, Liberty Hall will host a reservation-required event called Revolutionary Woods which will feature a scary walk through the woods among their grounds. During the walk, visitors will get to listen to six horrifying stories from the American Revolution.
This event is not recommended for those under 16 years of age. Throughout the event, groups will leave in half-an-hour intervals. The first group will leave at 7 p.m. with the last group leaving at 11:30 p.m. The cost of the event is $20 per person and $18 for Kean University students and museum members.
“I’m definitely excited for the scary walk and the pumpkin picking,” said Julia Uhlman, a junior majoring in sociology, “I love the October season.”
Another event called History Happy Hour: Ghostly Encounters will be hosted at Liberty Hall on Thursday, Oct. 27th. Guests will be able to drink, eat and socialize with other guests and listen to the staff tell ghostly tales of the encounters they have experienced while working in a house museum that dates back to 1772. Reservations are required by October 20th.
Admission, which will include drinks and snacks, is $25 per person and $20 for Liberty Hall Museum members and Kean Alumni. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. The event will also feature playing around of Halloween-themed trivia.
Throughout the month, Liberty Hall will host its annual Fall Harvest which will allow guests to purchase pumpkins and gourds.
Liberty Hall Museum, which is the home of New Jersey’s own William Livingston, has been around for more than 200 years. Livingston, who became the first New Jerseyan to be elected governor and sign the Constitution, has lived in the museum for more than 12 years.
“I love Halloween,” said Ana V. Cure, a junior majoring in psychology. “I can’t wait to attend all of the events on campus.”