Governor Warner Mansion gets spooky on Ghost Night

Warner Mansion Ghost Night
A veiled guest attends the funeral feast at the Governor Warner Mansion’s Ghost Night. (contribute photo)

Funeral biscuits and black-draped mirrors, fortune-tellers and a witches’ band are all in store on Ghost Night at the Mansion, held October 15.

Open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Governor Warner Mansion’s Halloween spooktacular provides a twist on the traditional house of horrors, with the ghostly, macabre scene of a Victorian funeral.

Turn-of-the-century traditions and superstitions about death will be the focus of the event, held at the historic house museum that was once home to Fred Warner, Michigan’s governor from 1905-1911. Heavily-veiled tour guides, dressed in black for deepest mourning, will reenact members of the Warner family, returned from the great beyond to share memories of Fred Warner’s life…and death.

In addition to the tours, admission also includes a host of outdoor Halloween activities: visit the Warner “graves” and the haunted classic cars, see the classic movie “Young Frankenstein,” and gather around the fire pits for s’mores. Follow the trail of tiki torches to the gazebo for cider and donuts. Psychic readings will be available for a nominal fee, and the Michigan Ghost Watchers will give several presentations throughout the evening, complete with photos and audio clips from their investigations at the Warner Mansion.

Ghost Night is recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $12 per person, or in advance for $10 per person at Farmington City Hall, located at 23600 Liberty Street, or by calling 248-474-5500 ext. 2225.

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