Five New York Landmarks get into the Halloween spirit

New York has a great many naturally spooky historical places, so it’s great to see a few of them get into the Halloween holiday spirit. Here are five places to visit this week if eating candy in a wig just isn’t enough for you. NOTE: These sorts of events sell out quickly so inquire with each place at once if you’re interesting in attending:

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Manhattan

Friday, October 28

Halloween Murder Mystery — “Join us for a murder mystery game, loosely based on an actual newspaper account of an unidentified skeleton discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Who was killed? By whom? With what? Explore the Museum by candlelight and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Collaborate with others or go it alone, and find out how quickly you can uncover the truth.  ”

More information here

Merchant’s House Museum

Monday, October 31

Tales from the Crypt: Horror on Hallowe’en — “Patriarch Seabury Tredwell has died. His coffin sits in the front parlor surrounded by lilies and flickering candles; black crepe covers the mirrors. Join us for dramatic readings from the darkest of 19th Gothic literature and true ghost stories of the unsettling and unexplainable as reported by museum visitors.”

More information here

Fort Wadworth, Staten Island

Saturday, October 29

Ghostly Intimations — “Get spooked at Fort Tompkins! Join us for an evening of presentations exploring the fringes of photography, Victorian art, and occult phenomena. Co-presented by the Alice Austen House and Morbid Anatomy Museum, hosted by National Park Service inside a nineteenth century fort! Meet at Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center (210 New York Avenue, Staten Island). Bring your own flashlight! Cocktail party at Alice Austen House to follow at 10 pm. Festive attire encouraged!”

Purchase your tickets here

Wave Hill, the Bronx

Wednesday, October 26 & Saturday, October 29

Dead Botanists Walk — “Do you ever wonder how plants get their names? Many scientific plant names commemorate the botanists who undertook long and risky expeditions to seek out species new to science. Not a few of these intrepid souls met with violent ends. Tour the gardens with Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day to hear stories about some of the courageous people celebrated in plant nomenclature and see their coveted finds in Wave Hill’s living collection.”

This event is free with admission to the grounds.

 Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx
Sunday, October 30
Illuminated Mausoleum Night Tour — “Experience The Woodlawn Cemetery like never before! Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the cemetery at night with illuminated mausoleums guiding your way. Some of Woodlawn’s 1300 mausoleums will be litfrom the inside to showcase the beauty of the historic structures’ stained glass windows, while others will be bathed in theatrical glow. Learn about the history of this National Historic Landmark and some of its 300,000 permanent residents, as you walk from one glowing building to another through complete darkness.”

Register here. NOTE: Other nights have already sold out, so get your admission now!

Below: Inside the Merchant’s House, 1943 (Courtesy the Museum of the City of New York)
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  • Gwyn Barkley

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