October 31, 2014, 4-7 pm

The National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University will host an old-fashioned Harvest Festival from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, during the 7th annual Heritage Halloween event. Visitors of all ages can take part free of charge.

Trick-or-Treaters can fill their bags with period-correct treats as they visit several of the historic structures at the NRHC. Also offered are $1 hayrides through the park, a cakewalk in the 6666 Barn, fall crafts in the Pitchfork Pavilion and more.

Heritage Halloween is an opportunity for children to enjoy the holiday in a safe and educational way. As children in costumes visit the historic buildings, their treats will be period-correct for each house. For example, at the 1909 Barton House, volunteers will be handing out Hershey’s Kisses, which were developed in 1906. At the 1886 Las Escarbadas division of the XIT Ranch, Trick or Treaters will receive Tootsie Rolls, which were developed in 1896.

Cogdells Store will be open with Halloween decorations, gifts and fall merchandise.

Heritage Halloween is free to the public, but donations are welcome at the door. For additional information, contact Julie at (806) 742-0498 or by e-mail at julie.hodges@ttu.edu.

The National Ranching Heritage Center is a museum and historical park comprised of 48 authentic dwellings and outbuildings from some of history’s most important ranches. Structures on the 16-acre site have been authentically restored and furnished and date from the late 1780s to the 1950s.

The NRHC is located on the north boundary of the Texas Tech University campus at 3121 4th Street in Lubbock, Texas. The museum is open seven days a week and has no admission fee, although donations are accepted. To learn more about the NRHC, visit nrhc.ttu.edu or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/nrhcttu.