Travel back to Cos Cob’s past on Oct. 14

Halloween is about more than candy and horror movies. It’s also about this town’s history.

And this year, people will be able to learn what it was like to grow up in Greenwich 100 years ago during the Art Colony period. As part of a new program at the Greenwich Historical Society, people can meet the Holley-MacRae family by taking the debut family tour of Bush-Holley house when it launches on Oct. 14.

But that’s not all, children can also dress in their best costumes and march in the Halloween parade and costume contest. Prizes will be awarded and kids can also create their very own work of art with paints, pencils, yarn, and origami paper just like the Cos Cob artists once did.

The Greenwich Historical Society, in partnership with the Done in a Day committee of the Junior League of Greenwich, is sponsoring a launch party to celebrate the debut of the new family tour at the Bush-Holley House, “Growing Up in Greenwich Then and Now” on Sunday, Oct. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bush Holley House in Cos Cob.

The new family tour was created in collaboration with the Junior League and introduces families to Clarissa and Constant MacRae, twin sisters born in 1904, who grew up in the Bush-Holley house at a time when the family home was a boarding house. According to the historical society, this launch date will offer a fun-filled family day with multiple activities to set the stage for meeting the Holley-MacRae family and celebrating the twins’ Oct. 31 birthday.

The children’s costume parade will begin at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Bush-Holley house followed by story reading with Nana Banana (a.k.a Isabel Malkin) at 2:30 p.m. House tours will be led by Greenwich Historical Society docents. Craft activities for children, inspired by the Holley House era, will be available throughout the afternoon, and will include origami, painting a communal mural, landscape and still life watercolor painting, and Halloween inspired yarn stitching.

Refreshments will be served and the event will take place rain or shine.

Tickets may be purchased through the Greenwich Historical Society web site, Greenwichhistory.org. Tickets are $5 each for members of the Greenwich Historical Society and the Junior League of Greenwich and $10 for nonmembers. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Bush-Holley house is located at 39 Strickland Road. For more information, call 203-869-6899.

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