The Halloween season is upon us. And, each year, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities offers a unique selection of tours and events that highlight this spooky time of year. If you’re a fan of ghosts, goblins, and all things that go bump in the night, it’s definitely time to visit Cape May. Things get more than a little spirited around here in October. Let’s take a look at this year’s Halloween Happenings, from October 11 through 31.
Behind the Scenes: H.H. Holmes – the Monster Behind the Man
Everyone knows about Jack the Ripper, the madman who terrorized London in 1888. But in the US, on the dark streets of Chicago, there lurked another monster, maybe even more sinister. Dive into the depraved depths of the life of H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer. Learn of his important connection to Philadelphia, and realize how terrifying it was for Victorians to read about the horrific killings that plagued the city. Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Audience discretion is advised. Sundays, October 20, 27 at 7 pm and 8:30 pm. Thursday, October 31, 9 pm.
Phantoms of the Physick Estate
Victorians were fascinated by Spiritualism and the occult. This Halloween season, visit the haunted Physick Estate to learn about this Victorian obsession. Listen to electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) that 21st-century technology has captured at the estate, and learn why they are more likely to have come from ghosts than a living thing. Appropriate for all ages. Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.
Murder Mystery Dinner – Bumped Off and Bottoms Up
Prohibition has arrived and that means locals and visitors alike gather at Walter O’Leary’s notorious club for refreshments and entertainment. But, after an evening of fun takes a horrible turn, you’re recruited to help bring a murderer to justice. Talk with the cast of likely suspects and try to solve the mystery as you enjoy a four-course meal. The scene is set at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street.
Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate.
Every year, the Physick Estate transforms its ground into a spooky Halloween showcase called Scarecrow Alley. Scarecrow Alley includes homemade scarecrows – from the ghastly gruesome to the foolishly funny! Don’t miss this special display where you get to vote for your favorite! Visit the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate to cast your vote.
Ghost Walk with Craig McManus
Watch Craig McManus turn you into a believer on this one-hour haunted walking tour. Listen as he talks about paranormal activity at several properties along the way. This tour begins at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Friday, October 18, 6 pm. Saturday, October. 19: 6 pm, 9 pm.
Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate
It wouldn’t be Halloween without trick or treating! At the Physick Estate, you’ll find spooky ghouls and ghosts with plenty of treats for everyone. Trick or Treating takes place on October 31 from 5 pm to 7 pm and is free to the public.
Seance at the Physick Estate
Be one of 35 brave souls to spend a late night in the haunted Physick Estate with medium Craig McManus. Craig will talk about his experience with paranormal activity at the estate and perhaps channel a spirit or two. October 18, 10pm. Admission is $50.
The Montreal Beach Resort is open seasonally, May through December. Join us for this exciting time of year. For more information about Halloween Happenings in Cape May, visit the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities.