Monster Month at the Museum

October is Monster Month in Centre Wellington and the Wellington County Museum and Archives has a series of spooky Halloween events sure to fright and delight.

Events begin on Oct. 18 with “Family Halloween Day”, an afternoon of great crafts, games, puppet shows and spooky stories in the barn. “Crow Be Gone”, a seasonal puppet show presented by Chronsters Monsters will be performed at 2, 3 and 4pm, with puppet making workshops in between. Local storyteller Donna McCaw will captivate visitors in the 1877 barn, presenting “Canadian Monster” stories at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm.

Bring a set of scarecrow clothes to make a scarecrow.  Plan on one scarecrow per family and make sure to have room for him on the ride home. Decorate a pumpkin or gourd, take part in a scavenger hunt and try to bite into an apple swinging from a string. At 3:30pm the museum will coordinate a Halloween Parade for all those wearing costumes. The event is from 1 to 5 pm and admission is $5 per person or $12.50 per family.

Once again, the museum is hosting the annual “Poor House Spirit Walk” series during the week before Halloween. This year the focus is on “Spirits” who lived and worked at the Poor House, in its earliest days. There are also two tours of the Poor House Cemetery, highlighting the lives and deaths of several residents buried in those grounds.

All tours require registration; tickets must be purchased in advance as space is limited.  The Spirt Walk takes place on Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 7 or 8pm and two tour dates of the Poor House Cemetery, Oct. 25, at 2 or 3pm and Oct. 28 at 7 or 8pm. Admission for all tours is $8 plus HST. For details call 519.846.0916 x 5221.