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This year, the Tennessee State Museum’s annual Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival, which annually brings thousands of visitors to the State Museum, will be going virtual every weekend in October, with Tennessee Stories, Storytime Book Readings, and new Haunted Museum-themed Junior Curators blogs. Plus, for those interested in coming to the Museum, we offer a new Spooky Scavenger Hunt! Discover the schedule below, and join us online and in-person at the Tennessee State Museum this October.
At the Museum, Monthlong in October:
Pick up a Spooky Scavenger Hunt at the Museum’s Information Desk and keep the Halloween Pencil. ✏️ You can also download it online and check it out before your visit! Make your way around the Museum and look for our spooky artifacts. This activity is good for all ages.
Friday October 2
Junior Curators: Haunted Museum: Fall Scavenger Hunt | Posted to the Junior Curators Blog at 8 a.m. CDT
Happy October, Junior Curators! We have pulled our favorite fall artifacts from the Museum’s collection to make a special game release each Saturday of October. 🍂🍁🍂
Storytime: Strega Nona’s Harvest | Premiere on Museum’s Facebook Channel at 3:30 p.m. CDT and posted to our Storytime page shortly after
In our story this week, Big Anthony grows too many vegetables! Strega Nona decides to have a feast for the whole town to share the harvest. We are going to make Three Sisters Soup! The Three Sisters is a First People’s tale about beans, corn, and squash and why they grow together. For this recipe we will be making a soup that includes these ingredients. 🌽
Saturday, October 3
Storytelling: Mystery Artifacts: Halloween Special | Available via WebEx Link (Available Here) at 9:00 a.m. CDT
This week, we have a fun Halloween edition of Mystery Artifacts. Tune in to discover some special Halloween themed artifacts from the depths of our Museum’s collection! Will it be historic jack-o-lanterns? 🎃 Paintings of ghosts, goblins, or monsters? The only way to find out is to watch. You might just learn some interesting Tennessee history along the way! Ages 6 and Up.
➡️ Watch the recording here.
Friday October 9
Junior Curators: Haunted Museum: Mystery Words | Posted to the Junior Curators Blog at 8 a.m. CDT
This week, we have mystery words hidden in a word search and word scramble for you to solve! The secret to finding all of them. Fall into the theme.
Storytime: Click, Clack, Boo! | Premiere on Museum’s Facebook Channel at 3:30 p.m. CDT and posted to our Storytime page shortly after
What a fun Halloween Party the animals are throwing in the barn! Did you see all their fun costumes? One of the best things about Halloween is deciding what to wear! For today’s activity, design your own Halloween costume. You can draw it, paint it, or create it from any materials you have at home!
Saturday October 10
Storytelling: The Spirit of DeKalb County | Available via WebEx Link (Available Here) at 9:00 a.m. CDT
Learn about the Spirit of DeKalb County and one man’s encounter that left him running for his life. This story is recommended for older children and will be told live from the Tennessee State Museum! Ages 8 and Up (High Spooky Level)
Friday, October 16
Junior Curators: Haunted Museum: Apple Picking | Posted to the Junior Curators Blog at 8 a.m. CDT
This week guess the word one letter at a time before all the apples fall off the tree. Happy Apple Picking.
Storytime: Room on the Broom | Premiere on Museum’s Facebook Channel at 3:30 p.m. CDT and posted to our Storytime page shortly after
At the very end of our story this week, the witch uses her magic caldron to make a brand-new broom! Today we are going to make our own bubbling magic caldron! You will need a little help with this science experiment. You will need a mug or bowl, baking soda, dish soap, white vinegar, and food coloring (optional). In your container add a big spoon full of baking soda, a few drops of dish soap, and a drop of food coloring. Now it’s time for the magic! Start to pour the vinegar into your container and watch it start to bubble! Stir your magic potion to create more bubbles. Remember NOT to drink your potion.
Saturday October 17
Storytelling: Haunted Print Shop | Available via WebEx Link (Available Here) at 9:00 a.m. CDT
If you have visited the Tennessee State Museum before, you have probably seen our frontier print shop. It’s a great way to learn about the historic trade of printing, but did you know that same printshop may be haunted!? Tune in to the Museum’s website on October 17 to learn more about our printing press and how two friendly ghosts still help operate it to this day. This fun ghost story is meant for children of all ages and will also include a demonstration of the printing press process! All Ages (Low Spooky Level)
Friday, October 23
Junior Curators: Haunted Museum: Artifact Finders | Posted to the Junior Curators Blog at 8 a.m. CDT
As we get closer to the end of the month, we wanted a chance to show off a lot of fall items from our collection. The only problem is, we need help finding them! There are two pictures of the same artifact and we need your help to match them together.
Storytime: Nashville Boo | Premiere on Museum’s Facebook Channel at 3:30 p.m. CDT and posted to our Storytime page shortly after
In this week’s story, we travel around the city of Nashville with a friendly ghost! After we read this fun story, let’s make our own friendly cotton ball ghost. You will need construction paper, cotton balls, glue. Cut your construction paper into a ghost shape and with the scraps, cut our eyes and a mouth. Then, glue your cotton balls on top of your ghost and then add the eyes and mouth. You can now find a place to hang your ghost!
Saturday October 24
Storytelling: Bell Witch | Available via WebEx Link (Available Here; Password: Boo!) at 9:00 a.m. CDT
Tennessee has been the scene of countless myths, ghost stories, and legends. Few, however, are more terrifying than this tale. Learn about the Bell Witch of Adams, Tennessee, a tale that is as old as it is haunting. Ages 8 and Up (High Spooky level)
BONUS: Wednesday, October 28
Storytelling: Mary at the Orpheum | Available via WebEx Link (Available Here) at 3:00 p.m. CDT
The historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee has been home to performers and audiences for over 90 years. During this time, the Orpheum has also played host to up to 7 paranormal visitors, the most famous being Mary – the ghost of a 13-year-old girl with dark braids, dressed all in white. Tune in to hear countless stories of this mischievous specter live from her favorite section of the theatre! From surprising the touring Broadway cast of Annie to dancing to her favorite song played on the theatre’s iconic Wurlitzer organ, Mary loves interacting with theatre staff and visitors alike. In partnership with the Orpheum Theatre. Ages 7 and Up (Medium Spooky Level)
Friday, October 30
Junior Curators: Haunted Museum: Happy Halloween! | Posted to the Junior Curators Blog at 8 a.m. CDT
Happy Halloween, Junior Curators! On this very special Saturday, we wanted to highlight one of Tennessee’s most well-known ghost stories: The Bell Witch. But this classic spooky story has a twist; It’s up to you to finish the story!
Storytime: The Day of the Dead | Premiere on Museum’s Facebook Channel at 3:30 p.m. CDT and posted to our Storytime page shortly after
In our story this week, we learn about the tradition of The Day of the Dead, also known as Día de los Muertos. In Mexico, and other countries, people celebrate the lives of their family members and friends over several days. The celebration is filled with food, colorful banners, and flowers. After our story, we are going to make Papel Picados (Paper Banners). These colorful banners are traditionally hung around homes and the town. You will need colorful tissue paper, scissors, string, and tape.
Saturday October 31 (Happy Halloween)
Puppet Truck: Hansel and Gretel | Available Now on YouTube
From our friends at the Nashville Public Library, the classic Brothers Grimm tale is told with the charming Peeko Puppets. Be enchanted as two siblings face challenges that test their courage. Running time: 30 minutes