By Lara Garner, Fulton Mansion Educator
Last month, the Fulton Mansion was full of spooktacular fun with our popular Spooky Stories creative writing program for area students. We started the program in 2009 because visitors young and old often ask Mansion staff if the Fulton Mansion is haunted. Since we do not have ghost stories to tell, we created a language arts program for students to write ghost stories using the Mansion as the setting.
This year, 4th graders from Fulton Learning Center and Sacred Heart Elementary School and 7th graders from Rockport-Fulton Middle School submitted stories in the competition. Mansion staff judged the entries, and the top 10 stories are included in a Spooky Stories book sold in our gift shop.
In 2012, the Rockport-Fulton High School art teacher challenged her students to submit cover designs for the book. This new component of the contest led to some very creative entries. To honor the hard work of these gifted writers and artists, we held an awards ceremony as the pre-show to our Movie at the Mansion event on October 19.
Our number one stories in each age category this year were imaginative and creative. In our younger division, 4th grader Eli from Fulton Learning Center wrote about going inside the Mansion during movie night and seeing spooky ghosts. Seventh grader Zoe wrote about a very “special” muffin baked by Harriet Fulton that had magical powers over some young guests on a tour. Our cover design winner, Brittany, created a beautiful and mysterious moonlit chalk depiction of the Mansion to grace our cover. Spooky Stories 2013 was another smashing success!
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