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Old Sturbridge Village, Phantoms by Firelight

October 31, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

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An event every week that begins at 4:30 pm on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2022

A Halloween experience of epic—and eerie—proportions! 

As the sun sets at Old Sturbridge Village this October, come see Phantoms by Firelight. Explore the myths and folklore of Halloween at the museum. Evening guests will see the Village in a darker, more eerie light, as the night progresses and a mysterious troupe of traveling performers including gravity-defying acrobats, creepy conjurers, and fate-tempting fire jugglers appear from the shadows of firelight.

This year’s program will feature a wide variety of activities not seen in 2020 or 2021!

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Don’t Miss These 5 Things at Phantoms by Firelight

  • More Dazzling Fire

Watch mesmerizing fantastic feats of fire performed by The Sisters Fiamme, stroll around the water fire on the Mill Pond, cozy up with a spooky story around the bonfire, and more.

  • Folk History & Remedies

A folk belief in some parts of rural New England was that Consumption (Tuberculosis) was somehow spread by evil spirits living in dead bodies. Stop by the Fitch House to learn about the herbs and other remedies that some early 19th-century New Englanders used to treat the inflicted.

  • 19th-Century Mourning Traditions

Stop by the Cabinetmaking Shop to see how coffins were made and then visit an early 19th-century wake* at the Freeman Farmhouse.

*We recognized this is a sensitive topic for some guests. Please use your own discretion when visiting the Farmhouse during Phantoms by Firelight

  • Clues & Candy

Choose your own clue-hunting adventure! Either complete a picture by visiting designated buildings around the Village Common or put on your thinking cap to answer spooky riddles. After finishing the puzzle, receive a bag of sweet treats in this adapted Trick-or-Treat Experience.

  • Sights & Sounds All Around

Hear the hypnotic hymns and mystical melodies of Tasha the Temptress, catch an acrobatic performance on the Common, and hear spooky tunes on accordion or fiddle.

A view of the Village Common at night with orange lights and lanterns

Coming to Phantoms by Firelight? Be sure to don your favorite Halloween Costume and enter our Spooky Selfie Contest for a chance to win a family 4-pack to Christmas by Candlelight!

Phantoms by Firelight runs for 13 nights only beginning Friday, October 7th! Tickets will sell fast.  2 show times – 4:30 and 5:30 PM.


October 31, 2022
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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(800) 733-1830
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