Celebrate Halloween at the Poe House
Halloween is the night for revels! The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex invites the public to experience a Victorian Halloween at the 1897 Poe House throughout the month of October. All month long the 1897 Poe House will be decorated with traditional Victorian and early 20th century Halloween decor. Participants in the 1897 Poe House tours will learn about the history of Halloween and how it was celebrated during the Poe’s time in Fayetteville.
Is the Poe House haunted? Find out the answer by taking a Victorian Halloween-themed tour during the month of October. 1897 Poe House tours are given at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. on weekdays and on the hour on weekends.
Mark your calendars for Halloween Revels Night Tours of the Poe House on October 19-20 and 26-27 from 6 to 10 p.m. The Museum of the Cape Fear has partnered with the actors of the Gilbert Theater to bring this Gothic Eastlake Victorian home to life after dark. Actors will portray members of the Poe household and their friends as they prepare for a night of Halloween revels. You may even see some Arsenal ghosts wandering the grounds of the Museum Complex. “We wanted to offer the public something different than the traditional haunted houses and tours at Halloween. This is a great event for families with just the right amount of spookiness created by the actors and the Victorian decor, without all the screaming and gore. It also works for those on a budget because it is one of the only free events in town,” says Megan Maxwell, 1897 Poe House education coordinator. The cost is free, but you must sign up for a tour time. Tours will depart every 20 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. with the last tour at 9:40 p.m. Tour space will be limited to 20 participants per tour.
As part of the Halloween programming, the museum will also host a Jack-o’-lantern contest. Carve your own Jack-o’-lantern at home and bring it to the museum to be displayed at the Poe House during our Halloween Revels Night Tours. Entries will be accepted beginning on Oct. 18, and the ﬁ nal deadline for entries will be Oct. 27 at noon. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative design, the scariest design and the most historical design. The contest winners will be announced during the Poe House Trick or Treat Program on Oct. 27.
Finally, the annual Poe House Trick or Treat on Oct. 27 from 1-5 p.m. features a costume contest, scavenger hunt and traditional Halloween carnival games for the kids. Learn how to make tasty Halloween treats in the Poe House kitchen, have your fortune told and gather around to hear a ghost story. Family fun for everyone!