Get ready for a ghoulishly good time at Spirits of the Past: A Walk in the Dark!
As you depart from the Toll House with your guide, the once familiar and welcoming Historic Village becomes strange and ominous. The hour you spend traveling paths less trodden and seeing things you never will in the daylight may seem to go on forever. Groups of about 25 brave souls will depart from the Toll House every ten minutes. When purchasing your Spirits of the Past ticket, select either a “Dusk” or “Dark” session – “Dusk” walks depart at timed intervals from 6 – 7:10 p.m. on Friday nights and 5:30 – 7:10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights. “Dark” walks departing at timed intervals from 7:40 – 9:15 p.m. every night.
Spirits of the Past: A Walk in the Dark runs for two weekends:
Friday, October 21, Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23
Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30
Tickets for Spirits of the Past are SOLD OUT. Thank you to everyone who pre-purchased tickets! Click here to explore other upcoming events at GCV&M.
Explore the Historic Village shrouded in darkness
When Autumn shadows are long and the sun goes down, the Historic Village cloaks itself in an atmosphere unlike any other! Join us for Spirits of the Past: A Walk in the Dark!
At night the villagers will surprise you with their creepier side by telling you spine-tingling tales. Beware! The theme of this year’s Spirits of the Past tours is hair-raising legends of villainous wicked women. The costume shop at GCV&M is creating accurate re-creations of the garments worn by some of history’s most frightening murderesses.
Enter haunting historic homes... if you dare!
Make your way out of spooky historic homes as your guide leads you through the candle-lit Historic Village!
Explore stories of murder, witchcraft, and ghosts as you explore homes at GCV&M like you’ve never seen them before.
Come hungry and thirsty!
We’ll have three locations open for you to enjoy food and fun in the Depot Restaurant, Freight House Pub, and special Spirits Lounge!
The Depot: Enjoy a variety of pub snack favorites including Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip, Pizza Logs, Chili, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Chicken Tenders, Cheeseburgers, Black Bean Burgers, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Fries, Donuts, S’mores Bars, Cookies, and more.
The “Fright” House Pub: Find historical craft beers on tap (Fat Ox Ale and Stocking Hill Ale), wine, hard cider, and mead. Savor Donuts, S’mores Bars, Cookies, and more.
The “Spirits Lounge” (new this year!): “spooktails” including the Black Widow, Dracula’s Kiss, Witches Brew, and Grave Digger. Enjoy a 19 Crimes wine flight tasting; this is not for scaredy cats!
All locations are open from 5 – 9 p.m. each night of Spirits! You’re welcome to enjoy refreshments inside or outside by the bonfire. Please note: food and drink are not allowed on the Spirits Walk.
Shop the Flint Hill Store
Don’t forget to stop by the Flint Hill Store when you join us for Spirits of the Past: A Walk in the Dark!
You’ll find a variety of spooky, mystical, and fun seasonal products, in addition to our village-made pottery, maple goods, fudge, GCV&M merch, and more!
Museum Member: $24
General Public: $28
Tickets for Spirits of the Past are now sold out.
Frequently Asked Questions
The only real difference is the amount of darkness at the time you take The Walk. Some families with smaller children (or those that don’t really love the dark or find it hard to see at night) chose to go at dusk during the Dusk Session when it’s not quite as dark and not too late in the evening.
When you arrive at the Museum, you can visit the gift shop, have some food and drink (more on that above), or hang out at the bonfire before or after taking The Walk. The Toll House on the Great Meadow is the gateway to The Walk; we send out groups of approx. 25 every 8 to 9 minutes from there. There will be lines; but they go quickly.
We sell only approx. 600 tickets per night (about 300 per session) so that we keep lines at a minimum, don’t overcrowd The Walk, and make your experience the best it can be!
We aim to provide the best experience by trying not to overcrowd sessions; however we know that things happen and being a bit late or early is fine (especially if you plan to come early for dinner and drinks, see below)! Please be respectful to others who have purchased tickets, though. Those in the Dusk Session need to be in line by 7:10 for the final tour of that session; and 9:20 is the final tour for those in the Dark Session.
Yes! Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Depot Restaurant and spooky "Fright" House Pub from 5 to 9 p.m. The Spirits Lounge (new this year!) will be open for wine flights (9 Crimes!) and spooktails from 5 - 9 p.m.
You may not take any food or beverage on The Walk. Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.
Yes! Remember that we are just trying to control the number of people waiting in line and overcrowding on The Walk by separating the evening into two sessions. We absolutely want everyone to enjoy our restaurant, pub, lounge and the bonfire on the Great Meadow!
The Walk is just over one hour in length. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the predicted weather conditions.
No, please do not bring your own flashlight. The paths will be dimly lit, your tour guide will have a lantern and a basket of small flashlights for you to use should you need a little extra lighting.
No. This is an almost mile-long nighttime walking tour, and you will be going in and out of buildings, some of which are accessible and some are not. Guest transport is not available at this event
All GCV&M events go on, rain or shine unless a weather emergency is announced in Monroe County. Full refunds are given only up to 7 days prior to the ticket date.
For individuals who test positive for COVID and are mandated to be in quarantine by the County, please call the Museum with documentation and you will receive a refund for the ticket you purchased.
All GCV&M tickets are non-transferable by date or entry time.
No. Tickets will only be available online at shop.gcv.org