By Erin Saluti, Co-Chair, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy
Sep. 13, 2017: On Friday, October 27, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm The Bronxville Historical Conservancy (BHC) will offer the popular "Ghosts of Bronxville" Halloween event for the third year.
As the sun begins to set, 225 children from first through seventh grades and their chaperones will embark on an eerily realistic journey back in time. On the tour, participants will encounter five important "ghosts" from Bronxville's history, many of them in their original dwelling.
Five historic homes within easy walking distance of the school on and around the Hilltop have been secured for the appearance of the spectral figures. Participants will move along a predetermined route, guided by a hand-drawn map and the light of a candle (safely battery powered).
At each home, an actor donning period attire will share the story of his or her life in Bronxville during the late nineteenth century (each with a very spooky bent). Authentic antique props and unique backdrops painted by artist Marc Pollack will transport the audience back in time. To keep excited participants occupied while waiting to meet the apparitions, traditional harvest and Halloween games will be offered along the route.
Following on a very successful partnership with Sarah Lawrence College in both previous productions, five graduate students from the Sarah Lawrence theater department will again portray the "ghosts" stationed at each home. Co-chair Michelle McBride stated, "The professionalism and skill demonstrated by the Sarah Lawrence actors in past years truly made the audience suspend their disbelief. We are so excited to be working together for the third run of 'Ghosts.'" In addition, several talented Bronxville High School drama students will portray historically accurate "apparitions" encountered along the route.
This year's ghosts will be led by co-chairs Suzanne Pratt Davis, Michelle McBride, and Erin Saluti and junior chairs Tina Adams Halaby, Saskia Martin, and Lyndal Vermette.
The 2017 committee members are Hilary Blumenreich, Maree Cutaia, Cece Heraty, Emily Liggit, Stafford Meyer, Jennifer Russo, and Laura Van Tienhoven.
To Purchase Tickets: Tickets sold out within a week in both 2013 and 2015--the committee encourages you to act quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be available for purchase starting September 20 on the BHC website, http://bronxvillehistoricalconservancy.org/events/the-ghosts-of-bronxville-to-return-2/.
The "Ghosts of Bronxville" was a concept originated by the BHC Young Families Committee in 2013 to introduce the children of the village to the incredible history that surrounds them every day.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle McBride at
The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to record and preserve Bronxville's history and to celebrate the culture and life in the village today. The Young Families Committee encourages the engagement of school-age children and their parents with the history of our village and the mission of the Conservancy.
Pictured here: Presentation given at a past "Ghosts of Bronxville" Halloween event.
Photo by Richard D. Cole