“Spirited” October Events

RESERVATIONS required for all events unless otherwise noted. Click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, October 8 – Monday, November 2
Exhibition – “Truly We Live in a Dying World:” A 19th Century Home in Mourning
Including rarely exhibited items of Tredwell family mourning dress and accessories from the collection.
Step back in time to 1865, when family patriarch Seabury Tredwell died at home in his second floor bedroom. Poignant scenes of death and grief recreated in the House will explore mid-19th century mourning customs. Pay your last respects at his deathbed upstairs, or join the mourning in the double parlor, hung with black crepe curtains and set for a mid-19th century funeral. Also on exhibit, Tredwell family photographs and mourning attire and accessories, including jewelry made of hair and jet, a black net veil, several bodices and shawls, and two 1870s mourning gowns. Included with regular admission; reservations not required.

“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC”
TimeOut New York, October 27, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated Lecture: “Of All Nights in the Year:” The Secret and the Sacred in a 19th Century Hallowe’en
What would a proper middle class family have done to celebrate Hallowe’en in 19th century New York? How would their children have spent All Hallow’s Eve? And what does a 26-year old librarian have to do with it all?

Drawing on an astonishing and long-forgotten work of scholarship by Ruth Edna Kelley, The Book of Hallowe’en (1919), this illustrated lecture will show how the cards and costumes, carvings and capering we often associate with Hallowe’en customs prevalent in 19th century America betray a primeval urge to indulge our wild, albeit hidden, natures.

Presented by ghost tour guide, horror writer, and Hallowe’en enthusiast Andrea Janes, this lively and fascinating look at our most primal celebrations reminds us why Hallowe’en is among the most beloved and bewitching “of all nights in the year!”

$10, $5 MHM Members.

Friday, October 16, 7 p.m.
Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt
Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins haunt the lyrics of the 19th century. Come be spooked by these harrowing tales as the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society bewitches your imagination and sings shivers down your spine, echoing sumptuous, rarely performed songs in an authentic period parlor. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande. Music by Schubert, Liszt, Debussy, Duparc, Loewe, Mussorgsky, and others. 75 minutes. $25, $15 MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Candlelight Ghost Tours
Of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ (The New York Times)
ALL GHOST TOURS ARE SOLD OUT! Email programs@merchantshouse.org or to be placed on wait list.
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Eight family members died in the house; their funerals were held in the front parlor hung with black crepe. We invite you to venture into the dark and ghostly shadows of history by flickering candlelight to hear chilling tales of restless phantoms, voices calling into the night, and otherworldly occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
50-minute tours begin every half hour from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24 
Super Spooky Tour (includes 4th Floor Servants’ Quarters): 6:30, 8 & 9:30 p.m. $35
Spooky Tour: 7, 7:30, 8:30, 9 p.m. $25
MHM Members $15 all times.

Wednesday, October 28; Thursday, October 29; Friday, October 30 
Super Spooky Tour (includes 4th Floor Servants’ Quarters): 6:30, 8 & 9:30 p.m. $40
Spooky Tour: 7, 7:30, 8:30, 9 p.m. $30
MHM Members $15 all times.

Sunday, October 25, 4 to 5:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
From Parlor to Grave: 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Procession
In the 19th century, death and funerals took place at home. Join us in the Museum’s double parlor as we recreate the 1865 funeral service of Seabury Tredwell and discuss the funerary customs of 19th century New York City. After the service, mourners follow the coffin to nearby New York City Marble Cemetery – rarely open to the public – for the graveside service and cemetery talk. 19th century mourning attire is encouraged.

VIP tickets include front-row seating, black armbands (and the opportunity to lead the graveyard procession as a pallbearer).
$40, $55 VIP Seats, $25 MHM Members Click here to purchase tickets.

Saturday, October 31, 7 p.m. SOLD OUT
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 as reported by museum visitors of the unsettling and unexplainable. $25, $15 MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.

RESERVATIONS required for all events unless otherwise noted.