Phantoms & Fire brings a new twist to the Halloween season at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV), with a series of haunting outdoor performances and seasonal activities for all ages. Replacing the theatrical “Sleepy Hollow Experience,” which has played at the Village since 2016, Phantoms & Fire offers guests a safe take on the Halloween season, following COVID-19 restrictions.
A cornerstone of the new event is “Nevermore,” a series of six outdoor performances written and directed by P.J. Griffith, specifically for Old Sturbridge Village and partner Coggeshall Farm Museum. “Nevermore” welcomes a professional cast to the Village to bring to life the short stories and poems of author Edgar Allen Poe, told from the perspective of characters who have just witnessed these terrors occur. The stories will play out simultaneously in six different locations around the Village and tell familiar tales of horror, revenge, obsession and deception. Performances will be repeated throughout the night in pulsating rhythm, just like Poe’s tell-tale, beating heart, ensuring that visitors can experience them all.
Younger guests will delight in a new 2020 version of Trick-or-Treat at the Village, called “Clues & Candy.” Making their way throughout the commons, families can collect clues and stamps that can be turned in for a big bag of goodies at the end of their visit! Participation in “Clues & Candy” is open to all ages. Costumes are encouraged, but COVID-safe facemasks must still be worn in following state and local guidelines.
Tickets for Phantoms & Fire are on sale now for $16 per adult and $12 for youth ages 4-17. Children under 4 are free to the Village during this event. Phantoms & Fire will take place Wednesdays through Saturdays, Oct. 21-31, with three times for arrival at 5:00p.m., 6:00p.m., and 6:30p.m. Once in the Village, guests are welcome to stay until the event concludes each night at 8:00p.m. Pre-registration is required, with tickets available at: https://www.osv.org/event/phantoms-and-fire/. Phantoms & Fire is presented by Country Bank.
Phantoms & Fire is also coming to Coggeshall Farm Museum located in Bristol, R.I. on Sunday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 1. More details on the Coggeshall event can be found at: https://www.coggeshallfarm.org/event/phantoms-and-fire/.
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