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Saturday, & Sunday, October 26th & 27th, 2024

9:30 am-4:30 pm
Lyndhurst Welcome Center

$70-90+service fees.

Must have a reservation purchased in advance!

This will go on sale in August!

Back and expanded due to popular demand, this 2024 Halloween season is the chance to bring home a piece of photographic history. Victorian Photography Studio and Hellcat Darkroom will be on site ready to take your portrait using 19th-century photographic technology, resulting in a one-of-a-kind tintype portrait. Bring home a special memento of your trip to Lyndhurst during the most exciting time of the year. As this is a traveling studio, costumes will not be on site to rent, but visitors are welcome to come dressed for the occasion or in your Halloween best!

You will need to reserve your time slot and choose what size portrait you will be having taken. Each session can accommodate up to 5 individuals. Groups of 6 and larger should purchase multiple time slots. Each slot results in one physical portrait; so choosing two slots for a large group results in TWO images. Timed entry is every 15 minutes from 9:30 am to 4:45 pm.

Collodion, or wet-plate photography as we have come to know it today, was invented in 1851 by a gentleman named Fredrick S. Archer. This process was invented to allow images to be made on glass — multiple copies then could be made from the same plate. In 1856, the tin-type process was added, allowing collodion images to be made on thin sheets of metal.

The unique thing about this process is that the plate must remain wet prior to being sensitized and exposed. If the plate dries out before the photographer has time to develop the image, it will no longer be light-sensitive and will be completely useless. Hence the name “wet plate” process.

When you have a wet plate done, not only do you receive a beautiful piece of history with your image in it — you also get a short history lesson and witness the process of genuine 19th-century photography.

Photography must be reserved ahead of time as there will be no walk-on availability unless there is a no-show.




Reserve your time slot and choose the size photograph you wish to take with you:

1/2 Plate $70– Measures 4 1/2″ X 5 1/2″

5×7 Plate $90 – Measures 5″ X 7″

  • Online: Online ticket sales close 30 minutes before the event starts.
  • By Phone: Call 1(888)718-4253 opt. 1 (additional fees apply to phone orders)

Purchases are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.


Each photographic session takes 15 minutes, please arrive 15 minutes before your reserved time.

Photos will be ready 25 minutes after your image has been taken, please return to pick up your photograph!

Sessions begin at 9:30 am and the last photo will be taken at 4:30 pm.


The ticket includes your reserved time slot, a tintype portrait, and access to the Lyndhurst Grounds to explore our exterior decor for the season. It does not include the Spirited Mansion Weekend admission. 

All tour tickets must be purchased online, in advance as space is limited.

Plan Your Trip

The event takes place at the Welcome Center Tent, the brick complex located just past the Lyndhurst mansion. Ticket holders will check in outside the tent after walking through the south archway. Plan to arrive at the Welcome Center 15 minutes prior to your timed entry.


Directions and Parking





Lyndhurst welcomes all visitors. Our Welcome Center is ADA-accessible and has restroom facilities.

Explore Lyndhurst’s 67-acre Estate

Purchase a Daily Grounds Pass to explore Lyndhurst’s majestic Hudson River setting at your own pace.