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David Grabitske

David Grabitske is the manager of outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Related to the History Museums as a Gathering Place discussion, there are always lots of events at historic sites toward the end of October to mark Halloween. Some are labeled as spooky or scary; some as for the family; and some are clearly educational, such as the many cemetery walks that local historical organizations present. History seems to lend itself well to Halloween. What issues should historical organizations consider, in addition to standard considerations, when presenting a program aimed at capturing Halloween attendance? If you have presented a Halloween program, what do patrons tell you is the reason that they came?

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