Halloween meets history at Old Stone House’s Oct. 28 “Spooky Stories”

Woman reading scary book

Oct. 25, 2017

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If you're one of the estimated 50 percent of Americans that decorate your yard for Halloween or are included among the 46 percent that will carve a pumpkin, this week is your countdown to the big event Oct. 31. But before the M&M's and Blow Pops are doled out, Slippery Rock University's historic Old Stone House will host a "Spooky Stories" event from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 28.

The event will offer interactive story telling by Mary Morgan Smith, an acclaimed storyteller and producer of Pittsburgh's annual Three Rivers Storytelling Festival. In addition, there will be a performance by the Miracle Elixir Side Show, a Victorian-themed entertainment troupe that performs magic and interactive amusements.

SRU theater students will perform a dramatic reading of works by Edgar Allan Poe, and the Jennings Environmental Center will provide an exhibit about bats, exploring the myths and facts about the creatures.

"Storytelling is probably the original form of entertainment, something our early ancestors invented to pass the time," said Aaron Cowan, associate professor of history and curator of the Old Stone House. "This event continues that tradition, and provides lots of fun and engaging activities for the whole family."

The event will also feature free face painting, an apple cider press demonstration, candle dipping and sugar cookie decorating.

Admission is $8 per person, children 4 and under are free.

The Old Stone House, which is owned and operated by SRU, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 258 and 173, just south of Slippery Rock.

For more information, call 724.738.4964.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robb King | 724.738.2199 | robb.king@sru.edu