Tryon Palace Promises a Spooky Saturday of Ghosts and Trick-or-Treating

This is a previous year’s event. Click here for information on our Oct. 24, 2015 event.

‘All Hallow’s Eve’ takes Over the Historic Grounds on Oct. 25 

NEW BERN, NC – Oct. 25, 2014

Ghouls, ghosts and witches will take over Tryon Palace during “All Hallow’s Eve,” a Halloween-inspired event held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. 

The entire family will get into the spirit of Halloween with friendly ghosts, crafts, games, spooky stories, a 1940s-inspired live radio show and candy for the kids. All children 12-and-under who arrive in costume will be admitted for free and have the opportunity to go trick-or-treating at various locations on the site. 
“This is something that’s fun and new for Tryon Palace,” said Tryon Palace Executive Director Philippe Lafargue. “I think the kids and parents are going to have a great time at ‘All Hallow’s Eve,’ but this event is also a incredible opportunity for us to open Tryon Palace up to new audiences.”

While wandering the historic grounds, visitors will encounter friendly ghosts like the blacksmith Thadeus Thorton Helpit, Mistress Penelope the not-so-wicked Witch and the Black Widow.

Designed for ages 12 and under, the brave children who attend “All Hallow’s Eve” will receive candy from each ghost, complete take-home crafts and finish the tour with story time, which includes a child-appropriate version of Sleepy Hollow.

Ghost stories continue at the North Carolina History Center as Tryon Palace Theatre presents “Whistle and I’ll Come to You.” This 1940s-style radio show relives the golden age of radio with a live drama performed by actors and Foley artists. “Whistle and I’ll Come to You” is an adaptation of M.R. James’ classic ghost story of the same name. As an added treat, this show includes performances by The Williams Sisters, a close-harmony trio in the styling of The Andrews Sisters.

Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall and due to its scary nature, “Whistle and I’ll Come to You” is advised for audience members aged 9 and up.

Tickets to “All Hallow’s Eve” include all events mentioned above, as well as the Pepsi Family Center and the historic gardens. Preregistration is not required and tickets may be purchased on the day of the event at either the North Carolina History Center or the Waystation. 

Admission to “All Hallow’s Eve” is free for children dressed in Halloween costumes (offer limited to ages 12 and under); $4 for ages 13-18; $10 adults, and free for members of the Tryon Palace Foundation.

Those only interested in attending the production of “Whistle and I’ll Come to You” may purchase tickets as follows: $6 for adults; $3 for youth (grades 1-12).

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit

Tryon Palace Media Contact

Craig Ramey
Marketing and Communications, Manager
Phone: (252) 639-3511

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. 
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit