It’s 1889, there’s been a death in the family and you are invited to the funeral. Will you cry? What will you wear? Will you attempt to contact the dearly departed? Get the answers as you join the funeral party and see how Victorians grieved their dead at Heritage Square Museum’s popular Mourning Tours from noon – 4pm on October 22 and 23. Funeral-goers will be immersed in mourning etiquette, learn how Victorians showed their loss of a loved one through clothing, and participate in an reenactment ceremony inside a historic home. In addition, funeral-goers will also discover details about the turn-of-the-century movement of Spiritualism and the lure of séances complete with a reenactment and a discussion on the “tricks of the trade.”
Finally, step into a typical 1920s Halloween party and play the game that lets fate decide if you get a treat…or a trick.
A more family-friendly program takes place on Sunday Oct. 23 also from noon – 4pm. Halloween Tours welcome children ages 2-12 to play period games, make 19th century harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin for the pumpkin patch (while supplies last) and listen to spooky stories on the lawn by the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers.
Document your day with free photos ops at an electronic photo booth using Victorian Family cut-outs.
The Thirteenth Annual Mourning Tours and the Halloween Tours are Oct. 22 and 23 and are free with museum admission: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors over 65, $8 for children 6 to 12 years, and free for children under 6 and museum members.
For more information about Halloween and Mourning Tours, call the museum offices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (323) 225-2700 ext. 223.
AGES: ,All Ages WHEN: 12pm – 4pm, Saturday, October 22 WHERE: Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles CA COST: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors over 65, $8 for children 6 to 12 years, and free for children under 6 and museum members