Victorian Ghost Stories to spook guests at the James J. Hill House

Looking in the mirror and chanting "Bloody Mary" is boring at best and not a very original Halloween activity. So unless something with vodka and a beer chaser manifests itself, there are better options for a chilling All Hallows Eve. An example? Try listening to ghost stories in a mansion built in 1891.

The folks at the James J. Hill House are bringing spooky back with their popular 'Victorian Ghost Stories' series. Reservations are recommended for this annual event, which takes place in the lush, dimly-lit surroundings of the Hill House parlor. Costumed actors will read from Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, the Brothers Grimm, and other 19th-century authors. There will be some "true" ghost stories from the James J. Hill House's past, too.

Admission includes a tour of the house following the hour-long reading. Hot cider will be served as well, but you may want something stronger after a story time like this.

The event, which is not intended for children under age 8, will be held at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul on October 24 and 31 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 651.297.2555.

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