Cape May’s Halloween Happenings 2014 Calendar

Oct. 10 to Nov. 2

Halloween Happenings in Victorian Cape May: Three weeks of specially-themed tours and events including Walks with the Ghostwriter, Madame Parmentier’s Psychic Teas, Scarecrow Alley, Midnight at the Physick Estate, Historic Haunts Combination Tours, Phantoms of the Physick Estate and much more to help you get into the “spirit” of the season. Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 2. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

For more information on any of the following events, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278 or visitwww.capemaymac.org .

Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate: The grounds of Cape May’s original haunted house, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., have been transformed for the spooky season. Scarecrow Alley is a highlight of the Estate’s Halloween decorations. Walk the grounds and vote for your favorite ghoulishly gruesome or foolishly funny scarecrow. Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 2. Free admission to the grounds.

Oct. 17

Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Scary Tales: Those stories you heard as a child originated as much darker morality tales, as you will hear when you enter the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate museum, 1048 Washington St. Characters from these “scary tales” will tell their stories as they guide you through the first floor of the museum then onto the grounds of the Estate, where the tales come to life and the Big Bad Wolf usually wins. Friday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15 adults, $12 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the tour with Tales of Terror Trolley Ride or Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Ride and save $2.

Oct. 18

Harvest Crafts & Antiques Show: Crafters and antiques dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares. Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Stockton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Admission $2.

Madame Parmentier’s Psychic Tea: Enjoy a Halloween-themed tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom and learn what the future holds for you (all in good fun, of course). During the tea, you’ll encounter fortune-tellers, palm readers or the odd phrenologist. Reservations necessary. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m. $25 per person. Combine tea with the Phantoms of the Physick Estate Tour and save $2.

Murder Mystery Dinner: Join the Impromptu Players who will set the scene for the new original mystery in 2014, “Where There’s No Will” at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. Enjoy a four-course dinner as you contemplate the clues, interact with the cast and help solve the mystery. $50 per person. Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour: A trolley tour through parts of West Cape May to the Lighthouse, with tales of ghostly activity throughout. Participants will be met at the Lighthouse by a costumed Keeper who will relate a ghostly tale inside the Lighthouse with time available to climb. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Offered Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. (Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.). $22 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12).

Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Ghosts & Guides: Hear stories of unexplained occurrences inside the 1879 Physick Estate, experienced by the very guides who know the house intimately. Hear EVP recordings gathered by paranormal investigators and see photos of possible paranormal activity in the house. 30 minute guided tours take place every 15 minutes. Appropriate for most children. Saturday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $12 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).

Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Scary Tales: Those stories you heard as a child originated as much darker morality tales, as you will hear when you enter the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate museum, 1048 Washington St. Characters from these “scary tales” will tell their stories as they guide you through the first floor of the museum then onto the grounds of the Estate, where the tales come to life and the Big Bad Wolf usually wins. Saturday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15 adults, $12 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the tour with Tales of Terror Trolley Ride or Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Ride and save $2.

Oct. 19

Murder Mystery Luncheon: Join the Impromptu Players who will set the scene for the new original mystery in 2014, “Where There’s No Will” at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. Enjoy a three-course lunch as you contemplate the clues, interact with the cast and help solve the mystery. $35 per person. Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.

Oct. 24

Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Scary Tales: Those stories you heard as a child originated as much darker morality tales, as you will hear when you enter the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate museum, 1048 Washington St. Characters from these “scary tales” will tell their stories as they guide you through the first floor of the museum then onto the grounds of the Estate, where the tales come to life and the Big Bad Wolf usually wins. Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15 adults, $12 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the tour with Tales of Terror Trolley Ride or Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Ride and save $2.

Midnight at the Physick Estate: Twenty-five lucky people get to spend midnight in the haunted Physick Estate with ghost writer and psychic medium Craig McManus. Craig will share his experiences and perhaps channel a spirit or two. Friday, Oct. 24 at 11 p.m. $35 per person.

Oct. 24-25

A Walk with the Ghost Writer: Walk the haunted streets of historic Cape May with your guide, psychic medium and ghost writer Craig McManus who will talk about the houses where he has sensed paranormal activity. Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $25 per person.

Oct. 25

Madame Parmentier’s Psychic Tea: Enjoy a Halloween-themed tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom and learn what the future holds for you (all in good fun, of course). During the tea, you’ll encounter fortune-tellers, palm readers or the odd phrenologist. Reservations necessary. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m. $25 per person. Combine tea with the Phantoms of the Physick Estate Tour and save $2.

Murder Mystery Dinner: Join the Impromptu Players who will set the scene for the new original mystery in 2014, “Where There’s No Will” at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. Enjoy a four-course dinner as you contemplate the clues, interact with the cast and help solve the mystery. $50 per person. Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour: A trolley tour through parts of West Cape May to the Lighthouse, with tales of ghostly activity throughout. Participants will be met at the Lighthouse by a costumed Keeper who will relate a ghostly tale inside the Lighthouse with time available to climb. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Offered Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. (Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.). $22 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12).

Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Ghosts & Guides: Hear stories of unexplained occurrences inside the 1879 Physick Estate, experienced by the very guides who know the house intimately. Hear EVP recordings gathered by paranormal investigators and see photos of possible paranormal activity in the house. 30 minute guided tours take place every 15 minutes. Appropriate for most children. Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $12 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).

Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Scary Tales: Those stories you heard as a child originated as much darker morality tales, as you will hear when you enter the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate museum, 1048 Washington St. Characters from these “scary tales” will tell their stories as they guide you through the first floor of the museum then onto the grounds of the Estate, where the tales come to life and the Big Bad Wolf usually wins. Saturday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15 adults, $12 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the tour with Tales of Terror Trolley Ride or Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Ride and save $2.

Oct. 26

Murder Mystery Luncheon: Join the Impromptu Players who will set the scene for the new original mystery in 2014, “Where There’s No Will” at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. Enjoy a three-course lunch as you contemplate the clues, interact with the cast and help solve the mystery. $35 per person. Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.

Oct. 31

Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate: Some spooky characters are waiting at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with treats for good little ghosts and goblins and pirates and princesses. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 . Free.

Historic Haunts Combo Tours: Combine the Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour with a visit to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, where you will visit a home séance room of the 1890s and learn of the Victorians’ fascination with spiritualism. Oct. 31 at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate on Oct. 31). $22 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-12).

Historic Haunts House Tours: Get into the spirit of things on a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with a discussion of Victorian spiritualism. Oct. 31 at 6:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate). Limited tour. $12 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).

Nov. 1

Fall Arts & Crafts Festival: More than 40 vendors come to Cape May to sell hand-made novelties including seasonal decorations, gift items and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Cape May Convention Hall. $2 admission. Proceeds benefit MAC’s museum programs.

Madame Parmentier’s Psychic Tea: Enjoy a Halloween-themed tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom and learn what the future holds for you (all in good fun, of course). During the tea, you’ll encounter fortune-tellers, palm readers or the odd phrenologist. Reservations necessary. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m. $25 per person. Combine tea with the Phantoms of the Physick Estate Tour and save $2.

Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour: A trolley tour through parts of West Cape May to the Lighthouse, with tales of ghostly activity throughout. Participants will be met at the Lighthouse by a costumed Keeper who will relate a ghostly tale inside the Lighthouse with time available to climb. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Offered Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. (Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.). $22 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12).

Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Ghosts & Guides: Hear stories of unexplained occurrences inside the 1879 Physick Estate, experienced by the very guides who know the house intimately. Hear EVP recordings gathered by paranormal investigators and see photos of possible paranormal activity in the house. 30 minute guided tours take place every 15 minutes. Appropriate for most children. Saturday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $12 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).

Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Scary Tales: Those stories you heard as a child originated as much darker morality tales, as you will hear when you enter the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate museum, 1048 Washington St. Characters from these “scary tales” will tell their stories as they guide you through the first floor of the museum then onto the grounds of the Estate, where the tales come to life and the Big Bad Wolf usually wins. Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15 adults, $12 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the tour with Tales of Terror Trolley Ride or Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Ride and save $2.

ONGOING TOURS & EVENTS

Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour: Board a MAC trolley tour for a 45-minute evening ride through the haunted streets of Cape May. The paranormal findings of ghostwriter Craig McManus come alive as your guide translates McManus’ spooky stories. Ride past the flickering gas street lamps, the haunted properties of Cape May and experience the spine-tingling tales exposed by McManus. Offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in October (except Oct. 31); hours vary. Offered Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:15 p.m. $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).

Tales of Terror Trolley Ride: Everybody loves a scary story! The perfect time and place for them is traveling Cape May after dark on streets lit by flickering gaslight as you listen to your guide tell some spine-tingling tales. Offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; times vary; also, Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. $12 adults, $7 children (ages 3-