Halloween at Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst offers a wide variety of programs for the whole family during October. We have the only major daytime seasonal tour as well as multiple choices for the nighttime. If you just want a great place to see changing leaves and see seasonal decorations, our 67 acres are decorated for the season. See the array of Halloween Happenings below!
Classic Mansion Tours with a Halloween Twist
September 30 through October 31
During the day, Lyndhurst offers Classic Mansion Tours – with a Halloween twist. The first floor is decorated for the fall with lush foliage and Halloween vignettes throughout each room. The second floor of the mansion is not decorated and visitors can see Lyndhurst’s main rooms in all their traditional splendor. These tours also highlight many Gothic furnishings that Lyndhurst unveils only during the Halloween season.
For those wanting a traditional tour experience adorned with seasonal decorations, this is the best option. The guided tour will focus on the home’s many original furnishings and decorative arts as well as the history and architecture of the building.
Please note, advance online ticket purchases are recommended as tours sell out.
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
October 19 through 31
This year’s all-new edition of Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities is based on classic murder mysteries where the isolated country house is the site of an unsolved murder – everybody’s a suspect and nobody has a clue! The Gothic mansion is filled with madcap suspects who each have a motive. Who did it, with what weapon, and in what room? Was it Madam Peacock in the parlor with a knife – or maybe Chef Mustard and his killer cuisine – or could it be Miss Scarlet in the dining room with a candlestick? Help to solve the case before the menace gets away!
Performances of Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities take place exclusively at night when the mansion comes alive through eerie lighting and seasonal decorations. While the evening experience will appeal to adults and teens, younger children can also participate although the youngest children may be frightened by the low lighting and overall spookiness of the mansion. This is not a haunted house – the scariest thing may just be the bad puns! While guests wait, they can enjoy food, shopping, activities and Halloween-themed movies in the Welcome Center. Following the performance, visitors can return on foot to their cars via the Scarecrow Invasion. Walking the secluded landscape in the dark is always a major part of the experience.
This is not a mansion tour, but rather a theatrical Halloween performance.
Please note: This program is not wheelchair accessible.
Scarecrow Invasion and Halloween Sculpture Garden
Daylight hours, October 10 through 31
Day or night, visitors can walk Lyndhurst’s historic landscape and view the Halloween Sculpture Garden and Scarecrow Invasion. From visitor parking to the mansion, Lyndhurst’s carriage drive is lined with ten steampunk outdoor sculptures backed by scarecrows dressed and designed by local schools. This is a perennially popular place to take Halloween selfies. During the day, the sculptures are backed by the particularly beautiful grounds as leaves change color and start to fall and spectacular views of the Hudson River and new Mario Cuomo (Tappan Zee) Bridge open up. At night, these are eerily lit and add to the Halloween fun.
No advance reservations necessary. On view October 6 – 31, daytime during mansion opening hours. See at night from October 19 – 29, evenings during Jay Ghoul opening hours. $5 per person at gate – cash only. Free when attending other Halloween events.