“For the ghost should never be allowed to forget that his only chance of survival is in the tale of those who have encountered him.”
Edith Wharton wrote those words many years ago, but they still seem particularly apt today. Whether using the latest technology or their old-fashioned senses, visitors to The Mount during this season’s inaugural Friday night ghost tours have reported a variety of eerie experiences from unexplained taps on the shoulders to the faint aroma of flowers and cigar smoke.
During Halloween week, the time of year when according to ancient folklore, communication between the spiritual and physical worlds is at its liveliest, The Mount will be hosting a series of events to tell tales, both ancient and new, and shiver the spines of all who care to venture forth.
Halloween Week Activities:
October 26-29 (Monday – Thursday)
3:30 p.m. Daily readings by members of The Mount’s staff of stories and poems by some of Wharton’s favorite ghost story writers including Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, M.R. James, and Edith Wharton herself. These readings are included in the price of admission to The Mount and will start each afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the Drawing Room.
October 30 (Friday)
8:30 p.m. A reading, in collaboration with the Berkshire Theatre Festival, who made this year’s “Wharton on Wednesdays” so successful, of Edith Wharton’s famous gothic tale, The Lady’s Maid’s Bell. The reading, by BTF favorites Ariel Bock and Jonathan Epstein, will be held in the Drawing Room at The Mount. Admission is $10 and reservations are required. Please call (413) 551 – 5100.
October 31 HALLOWEEN (Saturday)
6:30 p.m. A special Halloween ghost tour of the stables and grounds to be followed by a reading in The Mount’s Drawing Room of Edith Wharton’s spine-tingling tale Kerfol performed by Ariel Bock and Jonathan Epstein of the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Price is $30 per adult and $15 for 16 and under and includes both tour and reading.
Costumes are encouraged during this special week. The tour is not suitable for children under 8, or people with limited mobility. Reservations are required, please call (413) 551-5111 or see www.edithwharton.org for more information.
“If it sends a cold shiver down one’s spine, it has done its job and done it well.”
Find out if Edith Wharton and her beloved house can still make spines shiver. Celebrate Halloween at The Mount.