“Spirited” October Events 2014

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

Thursday, October 2 – Monday, November 3
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.


The Merchant’s House is #1!
Top Ten Haunted Places in New York City
TIME OUT New York (2013)


Friday, October 17, 7 p.m.
Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt
Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins haunt the music 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 Victorian parlor. Singers Roberta Alessandra, Anthony Bellov, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande. Music by Schubert, Liszt, Debussy, Loewe, Mussorgsky, and others. $25, $15 MHM Members.

Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated Lecture: Ghost Hunting 101
Join well-known paranormal investigator Dan Sturges to learn about the different methodologies and technologies of paranormal investigations. He will discuss the “do’s and don’ts” and the disconnect between what really happens in the field — and what appears on sensationalized TV programs. Sturges draws on years of experience as a field investigator including his ongoing, seven-year investigation of the Merchant’s House Museum. He will share examples of evidence he’s collected over the years, as well as expose fake hauntings. For more information on Dan Sturges, visit www.sturgesparanormal.com. $15, $10 MHM Members.

Candlelight Ghost Tours of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ (The New York Times)
Updated with the latest eerie happenings!
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the night. Recent restoration work ‘stirred things up’ again, so we have lots of new reports of especially strange experiences to share this year. We invite you to venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear the newest tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. And the creepiest of past ones.

50-minute tours begin every half hour from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25
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.

Tuesday, October 28; Wednesday, October 29; Thursday, 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.

Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25, 6 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tours for Children, 8 to 12
Do you believe in ghosts? Visit “Manhattan’s most haunted house” (The New York Times) for a special Candlelight Ghost Tour (40 minutes) designed especially for young investigators, aged 8 to 12. Hear tales of strange occurrences by the people who experienced them. See photographs of things that can’t be explained. Listen to voices recorded in empty rooms. Decide for yourself!

1 adult & 1 child $40
1 adult & 2 children $55
1 adult & 3 children $70
Additional adults $20 each

Sunday, October 26, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
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 parlors 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 crape armbands, and the opportunity to lead the graveyard procession as a pallbearer. $40, $55 VIP Seats, $25 MHM Members

Friday, October 31, performances at 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Tales from the Crypt: Horror on Hallowe’en
Dramatic readings from 19th century Gothic literature and true ghost stories as reported by visitors of the Merchant’s House through the years told in the Museum’s parlors set for a Victorian funeral. $25, $15 MHM Members.