Victrola Museum’s virtual Halloween program on Oct. 30, 2020

–Program to be presented free via Zoom; registration required–

(DOVER, Del. — Oct. 20, 2020) — In the spirit of ending mischief and keeping the kids safely at home, Dover, Del.’s Johnson Victrola Museum will present the historical-theater production “Mischief Managed: Throwing a Hotsy-Totsy Halloween Bash” on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 at 6 p.m. NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the program will not be conducted in front of a live audience but will instead be streamed live via Zoom.

Illustration from a 1920s advertisement for crêpe paper which could be used to create Halloween costumes
Illustration from a 1920s advertisement for crêpe paper which could be used to create Halloween costumes

Created as the ultimate 1927 guide to throwing the perfect Halloween party, “Mischief Managed” will include a costume-making demonstration, suggested party games, recommendations for the perfect 1920s foods for entertaining and advice for the perfect treats to give out to trick-or-treaters in 1927. The program will be accompanied by 78-rpm recordings of Halloween-related music played on authentic Victor Talking Machines.

“Mischief Managed: Throwing a Hotsy-Totsy Halloween Bash” is free and open to its first 100 registrants. Viewers MUST REGISTER for the program by going to the following sign-up link: For additional information, contact the Johnson Victrola Museum via e-mail at or by telephone at 302-739-3262. Go to the following for information on how to join a Zoom meeting.

The Johnson Victrola Museum is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the State of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history. The division’s diverse array of services includes operation of five museums which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, conservation of the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections, operation of a conference center and management of historic properties across the state. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.

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Jim Yurasek
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Phone: 302-608-5326