Spooky Special Events!

Spooky Special Events!

This is the time of year when museums gear up for fall with some special Halloween-inspired events!

Sure, the average “haunted house” is great, but why not support a museum in your area and attend one of their spooky programs? You can learn, be freaked out, AND have fun!


October 28, 29, 30, 31
5:00 PM
“History and Mystery”
What could be more cool than a twilight tour of a cemetery? The tour will explore some of the legends of Woodlawn, which will no doubt take on a new meaning after dark! The tour is 2 hours long and is about 1.5 miles in length. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for children 6 and under. Reservations are recommended, and tours are limited to 30 participants.

October 29, 30
1:00 PM
“Halloween at the Cemetery”
Part 1 will be held on October 29 and Part 2 will be October 30. You can celebrate the holiday with tales of murder, mayhem, spirits, and ghosts. Cemetery officials advise participants to arrive early, because this tour is extremely popular. Admissions is $15; $10 for Historic Fund members.

October 14, 16, 20-23, 27-30
7:00 PM (tours leave every 20 minutes through 9:00 PM)
“Nautical Nightmares”
Things that go bump in the night, eerie ghost tales, and spirits guiding you through a darkened village – these are just some of the ghostly goings-on you will encounter during Nautical Nightmares, an annual fall production at Mystic Seaport. The museum hires professional actors for this very popular program! Experience the mystery of historic ghost tales, legends and unsolved mysteries of days gone by. But, beware! The sounds you hear in the dark may be more than just the spirits of the night. Don’t take this tour by yourself because, at the end of the journey, you will be served refreshments along side some rather stiff, shall we say, new friends. The program includes a boat ride. It is NOT recommended for children under 7. Tickets for Nautical Nightmares are on sale now. Ticket prices are $17 per adult ($15 for members) and $14 per child ($12 for members). Tickets can be purchased by calling 888.973.2767 Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, or in person at the Mystic Seaport Visitor Reception Center seven days a week, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

* FARMER’S MUSEUM, Cooperstown NY
October 22
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
“Things That Go Bump in the Night”
This evening tour of The Farmers' Museum allows visitors to see the museum in a new and different light. Costumed interpreters guide visitors through the historic village and share stories of hauntings and ghostly happenings right in the museum and from around the region. This is a popular program, so make your reservation early. Visitors are requested to bring a flashlight for the tours. Tour times: 5:00 PM; 5:30 PM; 6:00 PM; 6:30 PM; 7:00 PM; 7:30 PM. Pre-registration required, call (607) 547-1450. Admission is $7 per person.

October 29
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
“Ghosts in the Galleries”
The Corning Museum of Glass welcomes back the annual “Ghosts in the Galleries” event again this year. A costume contest kicks off the evening in the Museum auditorium from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM. Paul Lyle, general manager and radio personality at Twin Tiers Radio (WGMM, WENY, and WENY-AM), dressed as Dracula, will emcee the contest.
From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, enjoy haunted galleries and snacks, and watch as glowing pumpkins and ghosts are created at the Hot Glass Show. For this year’s haunted galleries, Keith Hoover, mastermind behind the popular Corning Kingsbury Cemetery haunted house, has donated his yard full of spooky props. (The community haunted house, located on Kingsbury Avenue in Corning, has been scaring trick-or-treaters since 2001.) Admission is FREE for both adults and children. Call Louise Maio at (607) 974-4084 for additional details.

Fridays, October 14, 21, 28
Saturdays, October 15, 22, 29
Sundays, October 16, 23, 30
Monday, October 31
7:00-11:00 PM
Maximum Terror’s “Scary Stories”
Prepare to be frightened! This haunted attraction features a woodland maze filled with creatures that act out horrifying revisions of fairy tales. Snack treats will be available for purchase. Admission is $12 per person. This event is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

October 28
6:30 PM
"Ghost Tales Around the Campfire"
The museum has hosted this popular program for over 20 years. A campfire is made on the grounds, and local and regional storytellers come and tell their best ghost tales. The event starts at dusk the Friday before Halloween. Visitors bring blankets or lawn chairs. This event is FREE.

Horror Film Series
October 7 – “Night and the City”
October 14 – “Peeping Tom”
October 21 – “The Servant”
October 28 – “Frenzy”
8:00 PM
Inspired by the dark and seamy streets of turn-of-the-century London, this film series of psychological thrillers, film noir, and horror is curated by the Charles Theatre's John Standiford. These rarely shown classic reels will be screened in the BMA's Auditorium. Before each film, there will be a cocktail hour at the BMA's restaurant, Gertrude's, featuring "spooky" themed cocktails, such as the Gotham and Vampire's Kiss. The series is associated with the museum’s fall exhibition “Monet’s London.” Admission fee is $7 (free for members) and $20 for a series pass.

October 28 & 29
8:00 PM & 9:00 PM
October 31
9:00 PM & 10:00 PM
“Eerie Legends” at the Erie Planetarium
As evening descends, and the shadows of night emerge, you embark on a most unusual adventure through Erie's unknown... Based on Erie's unique history, “Eerie Legends” offers accounts of murder in cold blood, vanishing corpses, the cruelty of fate and much, much more. “The ‘Eerie Legends’ program at the Erie Planetarium was originally created in conjunction with a local radio station during the 1980s,” says Steph Taylor, Exhibits and Collections Curator. “Staff members researched local legends, and they were adapted for use on air. These sound bytes were then created into a Planetarium show complete with pictures of the sites mentioned, scary music and enough room for the viewer’s imagination to travel on its own & create their own assumptions.” Call 814-454-1813 x0 for additional information. Cost is $4 per person.

October 23 & 30
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
"Erie Cemetery Tours" at the Erie Cemetery
Visit some of Erie's earliest residents at their final resting places, and learn the meaning of icons used in cemetery art. According to Steph Taylor, Exhibits and Collections Curator, “The Erie Cemetery Association created a walking tour of the Erie Cemetery which was incorporated in 1851. Many graves dating back to the early 1800s were re-interred in the Erie Cemetery after their original locations were dug up for construction due to urban sprawl. The cemetery contains the graves of individuals important to the city of Erie as well as some ‘spooky’ graves known as ‘the witches circle,’ and ‘the vampire's crypt.’” Call 814-454-1813 x0 for additional information. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

October 29
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
"Legends by Lantern Light" at the Battles Museums of Rural Life
Tour the R. S. Battles Farmhouse and the Charlotte Elizabeth Battles Memorial Museum by lantern light. Listen to stories of the people who lived there and the ghosts who visit. “Erie County Historical Society developed the ‘Legends by Lantern Light’ program at the Battles Museums of Rural Life after staff and former residents of the buildings came forward with stories of cold winds, strange noises and ghost sightings,” says Steph Taylor, Exhibits and Collections Curator. “All of the stories are based on first hand accounts of unexplained incidents that occurred within the houses.” Call 814-454-1813 x0 for additional information. Cost is $8 per person.

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