This year's theme is vampires. The village is overrun with vampires of all types and from every corner of the world. Each scene depicts a different folklore story or a dramatic retelling of a real event! Vampire hunts, the dark arts, an insane asylum and more await you at this year’s Spirits of the Past!
This special evening program is different from a typical visit to the museum. Using the Historic Village as its canvas, costumed tour guides will lead guests by candlelight through the darker recesses of the village. You'll experience original tales adapted from historical accounts and folklore, and re-discover eerie literary classics that held Western New York in suspense some 150 years ago. This year the Museum is overrun with vampires of all types as depicted in eight theatrical vignettes.
In order for our guests to best enjoy this theatrical experience, the Museum and our talented cast request the following:
- No infants or children under 10 years of age.
- No flash photography or visual recording and SILENCING of cell phones and all devices.
- Tours are capped at 20 people MAX as viewing space in each house tour stop and on the trolley transportation is LIMITED.
- No food or drink after disembarking the trolley to start your tour.
Please be advised that this is a 75-minute guided walking tour and as such it is not recommended for people with walking difficulties. Be prepared to walk/stand for the tour's entirety; comfortable shoes are recommended, and please dress for the weather (rain or shine). ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE (please be prudent when purchasing tickets; they are for a specific day and time ONLY!).
NEW THIS YEAR! Tours designated for those with mobility issues and those requiring an ASL interpreter!
This year, we have included specialty tours for those that may need a little extra help!
On Thursday, October 17, there will be a tour departing at 5:15pm for guests that may have mobility issues and would need a little extra time getting around.
On Friday, October 18, there will be a tour departing at 5:30pm that will have ASL interpreters for any deaf or hard of hearing guests that would like to enjoy this event.
To make a reservation for either of these tours, please email or call the Program Registrar at 585-294-8218.