Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:00
Raynham Hall Museum was in high spirits on Oct. 25 at a fabulous Halloween event celebrating the museum’s reputation as a haunted house. Costumed or black-clad guests were greeted by some fine feathered friends — owls and ravens — on the arms of handlers from Volunteers for Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Center at Bailey Arboretum. Guests then ventured through the dimly lit Colonial and Victorian mansion decorated with Victorian-inspired spirit photos, wandering out eventually into a spookily decorated tent, where they danced the night away to classic rock, blues and punk, courtesy of the Mortimer-Lyons band.
The creative and enthusiastic revelers were disguised as a wide variety of characters from ancient history to Spy vs. Spy, including Madame Bovary, Titanic survivors, colonial dames and Fifty Shades of Grey’s Anastasia. Museum staff and happy volunteers impersonated moon beams, with the help of a little judiciously-applied face paint and silvery costumes. Treats included witches’ fingers and sweet and savory concoctions from the cauldron of GreenPear catering in Locust Valley and underwriting was graciously provided by Connie Cincotta and by Post Wine and Spirits.