This past Saturday, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum hosted a Halloween party at its new Vineyard Haven location, the old marine hospital. Islanders of all ages attended, dressed up in costume, and played games on the expansive lawn under the bright sun.
Museum staff organized four historic games: Game of Graces, Hoop Rolling, Jump Rope, and Sack Races. Popular with young girls in the early 1800s, Game of Graces involves tossing a hoop back and forth between two people, who catch it with sticks. Hoop Rolling was first documented in the early 1800s, and originated in Africa. Jump Rope originated in the early 1600s in Egypt; and Sack Races are thought to be an Olympic activity centuries ago, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.