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Halloween at the mansion

By Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

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On Oct. 27 and Oct. 31, 2012, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT will invite visitors of all ages to celebrate Halloween, and explore the darker memories of this National Historic Landmark.

An adult event, 21 and over, the Haunted Mansion Costume Party on Saturday, October 27, 2012, 7-11 p.m., will embrace the Collins family attire worn on the TV drama House of Dark Shadows, which was filmed at the Mansion in the 70s. The Haunted Basement Tour will introduce guests to the rarely seen cavernous underbelly of the building which will be transformed into an eerie dungeon on the night of the party. The Ghostly Sightings Tours on Wed. Oct. 31, 12-4 p. m, will focus on the history of the house, when it was a private residence, between 1868 and 1938.

Haunted Mansion Halloween Costume Party
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 7-11 p.m.
General Admission: Dinner, Drinks and Dance: $75 (for adults 21 and over)
Special ticket price of $99.99 (includes party, one palm reading and haunted basement tour)
Tickets for Psychic Readings: $25 to $40
Tickets for Haunted Basement: $10
Ticket purchase and reservation in advance required by Oct. 23

The Museum invites guests to dress in their scariest or most imaginative costume and enjoy a night filled with dark “Collins family fun”, dancing, prizes—and a perfectly good scare. All proceeds to benefit the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. Readings by the Psychic Tea Room of Norwalk will be available upon request. Light Dinner, drinks and Halloween treats catered by Outdoor Cookers Catering and Event Planning. RSVP: 203-838-9799, ext. 4 or
All ticket sales are final and cannot be refunded. The Haunted Mansion Halloween Costume Party is chaired by Trustee Doug Hempstead and sponsored in part by SL Powers, Ring’s End, BJ Ryan’s, BJ Ryan’s Banc House and Hatch and Bailey. Haunted Basement design courtesy of Greg Kling, Photography: Amber Meyer; Grave Rubbings by Rita I Phillips; Flyer design courtesy of Ellen Letkowski. All proceeds to benefit the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.

By showing their "Haunted Mansion Halloween Party " tickets, visitors can continue their ghostly explorations with the Norwalk Historical Society’s Haunting at Mill Hill Lantern tour through the graveyard at Mill Hill Historic Park on either Friday, the 26th or Saturday the 27th.  Reservations recommended.  For information and tickets:

The Ghostly Sightings Tours
Wed. Oct. 31 (ONLY) – 12-4 p.m.
General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children and young adults
Docents will take visitors through the first floor of the Museum and discuss the darker memories of this National Historic Landmark.

Halloween Committee also includes: Barry Berger, Lilly Byington, Gail Candlin, Rose Carroll, Chace Corso, Linda DiMeglio, Linda Gates, Kathie Gilbertie, Michael Kling, Jean Lebedeff, Allison Mason, David Messner, Amanda Miller and Adrienne Moriarty.

LMMM’s 2012 programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from LMMM’s Distinguished Benefactors: Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Maurice Goodman Foundation and Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown.

During the season, full tours at the mansion are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children and young adults ages 8-18. Children under 8 are admitted free. Tour hours are 12- 4 p.m., Wed.-Sun. Tours are on the hour, and the last tour starts at 3 pm. For information on educational programs, events and rentals, call 203-838-9799 or e-mail:

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