National Ranching Heritage Center Celebrates an Old Fashioned Heritage Halloween

Published 10/22 2013 08:52AM

Updated 10/22 2014 11:38AM

Link to 2014 Heritage Halloween information: NRHC to Host 2014 Heritage Halloween 

The National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University will host an old-fashioned Harvest Festival from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 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 at the McLaughlin Arbor, fall crafts in the 6666 Barn and more.

“Heritage Halloween is an opportunity for children to enjoy the holiday in a safe and educational way,” said event coordinator and Manager of Education Emily Wilkinson. “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 Emily at (806) 742-0498 or by e-mail at

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 or follow us on Facebook at

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