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Pioneer Museum hosts two nights of Halloween fun

Oct 27, 2017 From staff reports

The Pioneer Museum in Lander presents its annual "Halloween Night at the Museum" two nights this year on Thursday and Friday.

Big and little monsters (and vampires and ghosts and mummies) are invited to a fun and slightly spooky Halloween Night at the Museum" at the Pioneer Museum. Past year's events have had turnout of hundreds of kids and adults going through the museum.

The popularity has led to the addition of a second night. This year there will be new eerie western themed stories in the museum and the haunted hayride will run along a new, longer route. There will be live music, crafts, a fortune teller, popcorn and hot chocolate and a marshmallow roast over an open fire.

The eerie evenings will run 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Kids (and adults) are encouraged to wear their costumes.

There will be crafts and activities in the main lobby of the museum. Inside the museum groups will take a spooky tour and hear ghost stories based on real unexplained events in Wyoming history. Stories will include "The Last Ride," the tale of a cowboy's final ride in a mysterious hearse, and "The Circus," about an unexplained circus that came to Lander in the old days.

After touring the museum and hearing the ghost stories kids and their parents will be invited to roast marshmallows, eat popcorn and drink hot chocolate around a campfire outside. A hay ride will take people around the museum complex. "Madam Sophia Conestoga," will be using her crystal ball to tell fortunes in an old sheep wagon.

The cost for the event is $3 per person. All funds raised go to support new displays and activities in the museum.

The Night at the Museum is part of the kid's exploration series sponsored by the Lander and Riverton McDonalds. Past events have included the popular Sheep Shearing Day, and kids Archaeology and Gold Panning days.

Call 307-332-3373 for more information, or visit the museum Facebook page at Pioneer Museum Lander Wyoming.

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