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October 30, 2009

Moore-Lindsay Historical House hosting Victorian All-Hallows Eve Open House tonight and Saturday

Elaborate displays of mourning, including the making of decorative items from the deceased's hair, were just part of turn-of-the-century middle class culture. A two-night event sponsored and hosted by the Moore-Lindsay Historical House, 508 N. Peters Ave., will feature a display inside the museum exploring these and other Victorian practices. Meanwhile, young and old alike can enjoy candy, and hot apple cider, and spooky stories on the museum's big front porch.

The Victorian All-Hallows Eve Open House, scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. both today and Saturday will bring the spirit of Halloween to people of all ages.

Activities on the porch will be geared toward children, and will give them an opportunity to see Halloween as it was celebrated in a Victorian era, as well as various other traditions and games of the period. Plans include trick or treat activities for children that will allow them to bob for candy ? a modern twist on the classic Victorian tradition of bobbing for apples. Meanwhile, volunteers have collected a treasury of folk tales and short stories that they will be sharing with those who come.

"A love of ghost stories began during the Victorian period. I mean there have always been folk tales about ghosts, but the stories seemed to achieve a certain respectability at the time," said Stephen A. Martin, executive director of the Moore-Lindsay Historic House.

Many of Edgar Allen Poe's stories are ideal to the Victorian era. They were found as both morbid and creepy. "Edgar Allen Poe's literature stories are archetypal stories for the period," Martin said.

Angie Colbert-Martin, chair of the museum's Halloween Committee, said that people were more connected with death during the Victorian era, because it was a very common part of life. Many things that would be considered morbid or frightening today were just part of everyday life during the period.

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