PISCATAWAY — Middlesex County’s Office of Arts and History has fun activities planned for Halloween that combine history with the spooky spirit of the season.

These events are free of charge, including free parking. A shuttle will be provided to escort guests to experience both events. Activities will take place on Oct. 27 at East Jersey Old Town Village at 1050 River Road in Piscataway, and the Cornelius Low House, located at 1225 River Road in Piscataway.

The events at East Jersey Old Town will include a live recreation of the 1930s radio play that shocked America, “War of the Worlds,” by Raconteur Radio. There will also be a Victorian Halloween magic-lantern show. See America’s 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen – the kind of boisterous show that led to the movies! Spooktacular stories like The Raven, animated comedy, and songs – all dramatized on screen by a live showman and singer/pianist. NPR calls it, “An incredible experience . . . a living national treasure!”

Meanwhile, the Cornelius Low House’s tribute to the 1950s continues with a horror movie marathon of some of the decade’s most iconic films. Younger viewers will get to take part in some fun themed crafts, including making an alien ‘pod’, ‘blob’ slime, and more.

Historic Halloween at East Jersey Old Town Village

• 1-5 pm Horse and Wagon Rides

• 4-9 pm Children’s Crafts

• 5 pm Magic Lantern Theatre

• 6 pm Raconteur Radio presents “War of the Worlds”

• 7 pm Magic Lantern Theatre

• 8 pm Raconteur Radio presents “War of the Worlds”

Halloween on the Hill at the Cornelius Low House

• 4-9 pm Children’s Crafts

• 4-9 pm 1950’s Halloween Horror Movie Marathon

• 4 pm “The Blob”

• 5:30 pm “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

• 7:30 pm “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

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