Halloweekend & Day of the Dead (2021)

When

Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31, 12–5pm

Where

Museum-wide

Admission

Celebrate Halloween with family-friendly activities! On Saturday, decorate mini pumpkins in the HRM Courtyard with a creepy landscape or scene from 1–4pm (for ages 4–12). Then, join our socially distanced costume parades at 1:30 and 3pm! On Sunday, watch The Sky Tonight: Is It Aliens Yet? at 2pm, and enjoy Spooky Storytelling with Tom Lee at 3pm (for ages 8+)! Plus, capture family photos, Halloween costumes, and more in a fun pop-up photo booth, sponsored by the Uplife Foundation Inc.

Then, learn about Victorian mourning practices on tours of our Gilded Age historic home all weekend long. Glenview will be decorated with period-accurate mourning displays, including elaborate lace shawls, mourning attire and jewelry, and funeral photographs and cards. During the Victorian era, mourners followed a strict mourning etiquette and cherished keepsake crafts, funeral flowers, and funeral ceremonies.

Plus, Nybelwyck Hall, our 24-room dollhouse, will be decked with whimsical and spooky decorations by miniaturist Darren Scala from D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. The fall- and Halloween-inspired decor includes a curated assortment of hand-crafted petite pumpkins, skeletons, bats, a tiny cabinet of curiosities, and more. Be sure to look up at night to see Glenview’s tower illuminated orange on October 30 and 31 to celebrate Halloween!

Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is celebrated on November 1 and 2 in the southern regions of Mexico. November 1st is generally referred to as Día de los Inocentes, or Day of the Innocents, to honor the souls of departed children and infants. November 2nd is Día de Todos Santos, or All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives.

Celebrate Día de Muertos all weekend by making a Cempasúchil, or Mexican Marigold, to install on our community altar or take home. You are also invited to place pictures of your departed loved ones on the altar, which will be on view Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, October 31. We recommend bringing copies of pictures that you would like to leave at the Museum. For everyone’s safety, in adherence to CDC and COVID-19 guidelines, photos will be discarded after November 2. Plus, decorate paper skull masks from 1–4pm on Sunday.

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Saturday, October 30
12:30pm — Magic Tree House: Space Mission
1–4pm — Decorate Mini Pumpkins
1pm — Gothic Glenview Tour
1:30pm — Costume Parade
2pm — The Sky Tonight
3pm — Costume Parade
3pm — Gothic Glenview Tour
3:30pm — Birth of Planet Earth
All day — Photo Booth Sponsored by the Uplife Foundation Inc.
All day — Community Altar

Sunday, October 31
12:30pm — Magic Tree House: Space Mission
1–4pm — Decorate Paper Skull Masks
1pm — Gothic Glenview Tour
2pm — The Sky Tonight: Is It Aliens Yet? Sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.
3pm — Spooky Storytelling with Tom Lee
3pm — Gothic Glenview Tour
3:30pm — Birth of Planet Earth
All day — Community Altar