Just like last year, Reel to Real will feature a special series for the fall season. Titled “Halloween 2K16”, this will be where I blog about horror movies, share fall recipes, and also let you know what’s going on in my paranormal investigating adventures. October is going to be a busy month. My team, Ghosts on the Coast, is honored to be partnering up with our usual haunt (no pun intended) the Strauss Mansion Museum and Atlantic Highlands Historical Society. We have a full schedule of events on tap, including three movie screenings, a party, a paranormal investigation, and then two weekends of new-look ghost tours.
Starting this Saturday, October 1st, we will begin our “Movies at the Mansion” series with a showing of Nosferatu (1922). This silent film will be accompanied by live music played by local musician Cody McCorry and his ensemble. Cody previously performed at the Strauss Mansion during our monthly Jazz Night concert series, and will be bringing a theramin, along with other unique instruments. The following week will be The Exorcist, and the week after that, Don’t Go in the House. This was the horror movie filmed at the museum back in 1979 when the house was in severe disrepair and slated for demolition. There will also be some live special effects to keep the audience on their toes. No doubt a special evening, it is an incredible experience being able to watch the movie in the set it was filmed in.
Other events include our annual public investigation, where people can join my team for a lecture, evidence review, and ghost hunt at the Strauss Mansion. We will also be having a “Spirits and Spirits” pot-luck Halloween party on October 15th. People can bring a dish or drink to share, and visit the psychics and Tarot card readers stationed throughout the house. A silent auction will act as a fundraiser for the historical society. An 1890’s style “Wine Glass Seance” in the parlor will cap off the evening.
Last but not least, our annual “lantern tour” will have a new look this year. Rather than a scripted performance with actors, we will be scaling it back and letting our real ghosts do the talking. Increased to a full 45 minutes, participants will be lead around the house by Ghosts on the Coast team-members for an evening of ghost stories, looking at past evidence captured in the house, and getting a chance to investigate and see our equipment in action. Though we cannot guarantee paranormal activity, we are hopeful. Tours are every hour on the our, starting at 6 P.M. Last tour begins at 10 P.M. Save the dates: October 21, 22, 28, and 29. Tickets for all of these events can be purchased in advance here. Space is limited for most. We’re looking forward to an awesome October. There really is something for everybody.