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.


Daytime
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.


Nighttime
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
The Mystery of the Pharaoh’s Curse

October 19 through 31

This year’s all-new edition of Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities is based on classic adventure stories. It’s 1922, and a group of archeologists has unearthed an Ancient Egyptian tomb – but they barely have time to celebrate their discovery before the diggers each start dropping dead! Your group has arrived at the dig site (Lyndhurst mansion) to help determine the cause of the deaths – is it the Pharaoh’s curse or a cold-blooded killer?

You must solve the mystery before tragedy strikes again! Take a journey through the mansion to meet the cast of zany archeologists, local personalities, and unscrupulous smugglers. But be careful…each of them has their own secrets and superstitions.

The 40-minute 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. The youngest of 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 return on foot to their cars via the Landscape/Metalworks exhibition.

Please note: This program is not wheelchair accessible.


NEW THIS YEAR
Scarecrow Invasion and
Futurescape Sculpture Exhibit

Daylight hours, October 8 through 31

All new outdoor sculpture display: Futurescape
This year, Lyndhurst presents a completely new outdoor landscape experience called Futurescape.
From visitor parking to the mansion, Lyndhurst’s carriage drive will be lined with a stunning display of futuristic outdoor sculptures. Local sculptor Malcolm MacDougall, III, an ArtsWestchester 50 for 50 Outstanding Artist, will curate the exhibition of exciting, contemporary metal sculptures on parcels of Lyndhurst’s sprawling landscape. The display will give visitors the opportunity to explore areas of the site that they would not normally discover.

Scarecrow Invasion Returns!
In collaboration with the installation, 200 students will visit Lyndhurst to create the always popular Scarecrow Invasion. The kids’ scarecrows spread across the greenhouse lawn in a spooky army of color and creativity. Always a popular place for fall leaf-peeping, Lyndhurst’s grounds will be particularly beautiful leaves change color and begin to reveal spectacular views of the Hudson River and new Mario Cuomo Bridge. At night, the reflective sculptures are dramatically lit for a supernatural, eerie quality. Walking the secluded landscape in the dark is always a major part of the experience.

No advance reservations necessary. On view October 8 – 31, daytime during mansion opening hours. See at night from October 19 – 31, evenings during Jay Ghoul opening hours. $5 per person at gate – cash only. Free when attending other Halloween events.