Celebrate fall with free family fun and paid ghost stories lantern walk event

Celebrate fall with free family activities, a campfire with s’mores, paid lantern walks with frightening ghostly tales and more during two different events on Friday, Nov. 1, at Spiegel Grove.

A free family fun night is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Spiegel Grove, the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Pumpkin decorating, face-painting, games for kids and a camp fire with smores and other refreshments will be available.  

Eschleman Fruit Farm of Clyde will sell apples and cider. Donations can be made for other refreshments provided by the Hayes Presidential.

South Creek Clydesdales also will offer horse-drawn trolley rides for $3 per rider, ages 3 and older, and free for riders 2 and younger. Cash only is accepted for trolley rides.

Then at 7:30 p.m., Spirit Stories of Spiegel Grove begins. Those with paid tickets will have a frightful night with a lantern walk through Spiegel Grove while guides share Ohio and regional ghost stories. Face your fears as frightening tales will be told beneath the nighttime sky while walking through the wooded grounds.

Before or after your tour, enjoy s’mores and refreshments by the camp fire, take a trolley ride and visit two tents featuring Hayes Presidential staff members discussing spooky stories and traditions.

In one tent, a staff member will discuss the macabre traditions of the Victorian era, which was the time period when President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes were in the White House and later lived at Spiegel Grove.

Victorians, the “rock stars of death culture,” sometimes took pictures of the dead, conducted seances and conducted other practices that might seem creepy today.

In other tent, another staff member will discuss stories of monsters and beasts that come from myths and legends. Hear stories of Bigfoot, Lake Erie’s South Bass Bessie, the Dogman of Defiance and more. This talk will give a preview of some of the stories that will be covered in Hayes Presidential’s upcoming exhibit “Myths and Legends,” which will open in 2020.

Tickets for Spirit Stories at Spiegel Grove are $10 for Hayes Presidential members and $15 for non-members. Refreshments, including popcorn and s’mores, are included. Horse-drawn trolley rides by South Creek Clydesdales also will be offered for an additional $3 cash fee during the event.

The evening will conclude with one last scary story by local historian Mike Gilbert at the camp fire.

Horse-drawn trolley rides and a camp fire will be available from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Lantern tours depart at 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Advance tickets are strongly recommended and can be purchased online at www.rbhayes.org/events or by calling Jacque Baker at 419-332-2081, ext. 238.

Tickets will be sold on-site the night of the event subject to availability.

In the event of inclement weather, some events will be moved into the museum.

The family fun night and Spirit Stories at Spiegel Grove are sponsored by KF Construction. 

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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