Ghostly good time at DBHS Halloween Fall Festival

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DELRAY BEACH, FL – Delray Beach pioneers will be returning to haunt the historic Cason Cottage House Museum for one night only during the third annual Halloween Fall Festival for Ghost Town Delray, presented by the Delray Beach Historical Society and the Harvey L. Brown Insurance Agency. On Oct. 16, six ghosts from Delray’s past, including early settler Esther Sterling Williams, educator Solomon D. Spady, Delray’s first mayor John Sundy, architect Sam Ogren, farmer Adolf Hoffman and native American Billy Bowlegs will visit the Cason Cottage Historic House Museum – transformed into a haunted house for the evening by the creative team at Space of Mind School House. Those same pioneers will also be the focus of an exhibit on display in the historical society’s Esther Sterling Williams Learning Center. The free event from 6-9 p.m. on the campus of the Delray Beach Historical Society also will feature two Halloween-themed movies provided by Palm Beach Outdoor Cinema – It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and the feature-length, family-friendly film, The Halloween Tree – as well as a variety of other activities for the entire family. “Our Halloween Fall Festival is fast becoming a signature Halloween event in the city of Delray Beach,” said Delray Beach Historical Society Executive Director Winnie Edwards. “It’s a night of celebrating the beginning of our season, and it represents community fellowship at its finest.” In addition to the renowned haunted house, the Halloween Fall Festival will include a pumpkin-decorating contest, as well as vintage games and an old-fashioned bake sale. Free family portraits taken by 4th Avenue Photography in front of the historic buggy decorated for Halloween will also be available. The Original Popcorn House will provide popcorn, and Solita/Mastino will provide pizza. Sponsors Dr. Jamie Alexander and Moroco Orthodontics also will be on hand to dish out candy – and toothbrushes! “The Halloween Fall Festival is one more way for us to support our mission, which is to preserve, share and celebrate Delray Beach’s rich cultural heritage,” said Delray Beach Historical Society President Leslie Callaway. “A special thanks goes out to our committee chairs Lisa White and Elisabeth Salvadore, and to our presenting sponsor, the Harvey L. Brown Insurance Agency.” Founded by Harvey Brown Sr. in 1955, the Harvey Brown Insurance Agency has been a longtime supporter of the historical society and historic preservation. “My mother, Gayle Brown, was a president of the Delray Beach Historical Society, and my sister, Susan Long, is currently on the board,” said Harvey Brown Jr., who now runs the family’s insurance business. Brown, who has held leadership positions in several Delray Beach community organizations – including the Kiwanis Club and the Rotary Club – said he is pleased to be the festival’s presenting sponsor and to support the Delray Beach Historical Society. “Halloween is a big deal in Delray Beach,” said Brown, who is chairing this year’s annual Halloween parade presented by the Delray Beach Rotary Club. ‘It’s a special part of the fabric and character of our town.” To find out more, call 561-274-9578 or visit www.delraybeachhistory.org.