7th Annual Halloween and Mourning Tours & Scary Movie Night
On Saturday and Sunday, October 23rd and 24th, experience Halloween in a whole new light at Heritage Square Museum's Seventh Annual Halloween and Mourning Tours.
Discover the very different traditions surrounding death and mourning as they were practiced 100 years ago. Mourning Tours are made possible thanks to the support of sponsors like METRO, Los Angeles Family Magazine, 100.3 The Sound, Pasadena Weekly and Citizen's Trust (a division of Citizens Bank). Additional support provided by Councilman Ed Reyes/CD1, Trader Joe's of South Pasadena, Superior Warehouse and Licha's Flowers.
This living history program puts you in the middle of a superstitious Victorian-era society where death was never far behind. Witness a funeral procession as they bury a loved one, visit a fortune teller, learn about hair jewelry and mourning attire and even join two men in arguing the merits of spirit photography! Also on hand for this year's festivities will be author Mark Daniel Wood. Mark is the Author of several titles, most recently Halloween Crafts-Eerily Elegant Décor (2001) and Create a Bewitched Fall-o-ween: 45 Projects for Decorating and Entertaining (2006). Mark will transform the 1887 John J. Ford residence into an authentic Victorian-esque haunted house. In so doing, he will demonstrate to visitors how to make period decorations. Mark will be on-hand to sign books.
On Sunday, October 24, the event adds family activities. Children can come in costume, make period crafts, receive a free pumpkin, listen to spooky stories by the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers and much more.
Also Sunday, Paranormal Investigators will share the results of their study of Heritage Square Museum. After all, for more than 40 years, people have claimed to hear, see and feel all manner of mysterious happenings at Heritage Square Museum. Whether it is the nature of the Victorian architecture, the historic furnishings and paintings on display or something all-together different, "ghost sightings" have occurred at the museum since its inception. On October 24th, those "sightings" will be denied...or confirmed!
Admission to the Halloween and Mourning tours are free for members, $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Seniors over 65, $5.00 for Children 6 to 12 years, and free for Children under 6. For more information about the program, call the museum offices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (323) 225-2700.
Due to periodic Caltrans Closures on the 110-Pasadena Frewway, we encourage everyone to take public transportation to the event. In fact, if you take the METRO GOLD LINE, we will even give you a free poster! If you are local, take your bicycle and we'll also give you a free poster.
Halloween and Mourning Movie Night to feature Body Snatcher (1945)
On the evening of Saturday, October 23, Heritage Square Museum will host its fourth annual Halloween and Mourning Movie Night. The evening is sponsored by Videotheque, the premier destination for classic and indie cinema.
Guests are invited to bring a picnic, blankets, chairs, and candy while enjoying classic scary movies at Heritage Square... if they dare. The scheduled feature is Body Snatcher, a 1945 horror classic starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. The plot involves a ruthless doctor and his young prize student finding themselves continually harassed by a murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. Considered one of Boris Karloff's best performances, the film is based on a classic 1884 short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Guests are encouraged to wear warm clothing. Beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase. Admission to the Halloween and Mourning Movie Night is free for Museum members and $10.00 for the general public. The gates will open at 7 p.m. for picnics with the show starting at dusk.
Bring the kids for Safe Haven Trick or Treating
Bring your kids for more treats on Halloween inside the safe confines of the museum grounds. Children 1 to 12 years of age, with parent accompaniment, may come in costume and receive sweet treats from our costumed interpreters stationed at each building. Halloween treats will be available from 4 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission price is $5 for Adults and $2 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free. Free for members.