Celebrate Halloween with Ghost Night at the Gov. Warner Mansion Oct 17-Farmington

 

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For one night each year, the Governor Warner Mansion is haunted.

Ghost Night at the Mansion, to be held Saturday, October 17 from 7-9:30 p.m., offers a Halloween extravaganza that’s a twist on the traditional house of horrors. There won’t be any fake blood or chain saws. Instead, it’s a chance to encounter the ghostly, macabre scene of a Victorian funeral.
 

Turn-of-the-century traditions and superstitions about death will be the focus of the event, held at the historic house museum that was once home to Fred Warner, Michigan’s governor from 1905-1911. Heavily-veiled tour guides, dressed in black for deepest mourning, will reenact members of the Warner family, returned from the great beyond to share memories of Fred Warner’s life…and death. Hear Fred Warner describe his own funeral as solemn hymns waft from the grand piano. Learn why mirrors were draped in black fabric after a death, and find out the gristly history behind the seemingly innocent custom of handing out souvenir funeral cookies. There’s a reason for the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction.

 In addition to the tours, admission also includes a host of outdoor seasonal activities. See an old-fashioned horror film short on the back lawn, visit the haunted Model T, and hear spooky stories in the dim light of the candlelit carriage barn.  Follow the trail of tiki torches to the gazebo for cider and donuts.
 

As a special feature, the Michigan Ghost Watchers will give several presentations throughout the evening, complete with photos and audio clips from their investigation at the Warner Mansion earlier this year. See what paranormal activity they discovered at the Home of Farmington History!

 Ghost Night is recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $12/person or in advance for $10/person at Farmington City Hall, located at 23600 Liberty Street.
 
 The Governor Warner Mansion is located at 33805 Grand River Avenue, two blocks west of Farmington Road. For more information, find them on Facebook or call the Farmington City Clerk’s Office at 248-474-5500, ext. 2225.