Merchant’s House Museum

‘Spirited’ October Events at The Merchant’s House Museum

 The Merchant’s House Museum has been called “Manhattan’s most haunted house.” The private residence, built in 1832, has been preserved intact and still contains the family’s original furniture and possessions. The home is seemingly frozen in time. A visit at any time of year can be creepy and filled with unusual occurrences, but their seasonal Halloween events are even creepier. 

This October, the museum will offer several exciting new events in addition to their annual ghost tours and 1865 funeral reenactment. Perfect for those looking for an elegant blood-free way to celebrate Halloween. Don’t miss these unique opportunities to immerse yourself in New York City’s haunted history.      

October 2013 Event Calendar

October 9 – Lecture: Ghosts of Manhattan

October 10 – Exhibition Opening: A 19th Century House in Mourning  

October 18 – Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt

October 22 – Lecture: Unsolved Murders of 19th Century New York

October 24 – Reading the Rooms: A Psychic Talks with the Tredwells

October 25 –  Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 26 – Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 27 – 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Procession

October 28 – Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 29 – Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 30 – Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 31 – Tales of the Supernatural: Horror on Hallowe’en 

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.
Lecture: Ghosts of Manhattan
Author and actress Elise Gainer shares historical images and tales of local haunts from her new book, Ghosts and Murders of Manhattan, from Arcadia Publishing. See the faces of the dead that still cling to Broadway theaters, stately hotels, picturesque homes, and cozy taverns. Hear about apparitions, footsteps, phantom smells, and mysterious fires, and the events that still echo today. $15, MHM Members Free. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, October 10, through Monday, November 4
Exhibition: A 19th Century House in Mourning
Step back in time to 1865, when family patriarch Seabury Tredwell died at home in his bed. Poignant scenes of death and grief recreated in the House will explore mid-19th century mourning customs. Included with regular admission; reservations not required.

Friday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.
Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt
Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins haunt the music of the 19th century. Come be spooked by these harrowing tales as the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society bewitches your imagination and sings shivers down your spine, echoing sumptuous, rarely-performed songs in an authentic Victorian parlor. Singers Roberta Alessandra, Anthony Bellov, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande. Music by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Loewe, Mussorgsky, and others. $25, $15 MHM Members. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Lecture: Grisly Crimes and Unsolved Murders of 19th Century New York
Ike Iikiw, licensed private investigator, retired NYC Police Detective, and founder/owner of NYC Adventure Tours shares “just the facts” of the most macabre, gruesome, and some unsolved crimes of 19th century Gotham.$15, MHM Members Free. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, October 24
60-minute tours at 6:30, 8, and 9:30 p.m.

Reading the Rooms: A Psychic Talks with the Tredwells
A rare opportunity to walk the dark and hallowed halls of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times) with Certified Psychic Medium and Paranormal Researcher Cathy Towle. Ms. Towle will relate happenings and unexplainable occurrences from her several years of on-going paranormal investigations at the House – and deliver any messages from the beyond she might receive on the spot. Bring your questions. $60, MHM Members $30. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.

Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26; Mon, Tues & Wed, October 28, 29 & 30
50-minute tours begin every half hour from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tours of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’
Updated with the latest eerie happenings!

Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the night. Restoration work always ‘stirs things up’ at the Museum so we’ve had lots of new reports of especially strange experiences this year. We invite you to venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear the newest tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. And the creepiest of past ones.

6 p.m. (includes 4th floor Servants’ Quarters) $40;
6:30, 7, 7:30 p.m. $25; 8, 8:30, 9 p.m. $30;
9:30 p.m. (includes 4th floor Servants’ Quarters) $40;
MHM Members $15 all times. 

Reservations essential, click here to purchase tickets. 

Read The Raven & Black Cat’s review of The Merchant’s House Museum’s Candlelight Ghost Tours. 

Sunday, October 27, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
From Parlor to Grave: 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Procession
In the 19th century, death and funerals took place at home. Join us in the Museum’s double parlors as we recreate the 1865 funeral service of Seabury Tredwell and discuss the funerary customs of 19th century New York City. After the service, mourners follow the coffin to nearby New York City Marble Cemetery – rarely open to the public – for the graveside service and cemetery talk. 19th century mourning attire is encouraged. VIP tickets include front-row seating, black crape armbands, and the opportunity to lead the graveyard procession as a pallbearer. $50, $65 VIP Seats, $25 MHM Members; $10 Graveside Service & Cemetery Talk only. Mourners attending the Graveside Service and Cemetery Talk only should arrive at the Merchant’s House at 4:30 p.m. 
Reservations essential, click here to purchase tickets. 

Thursday, October 31, Hallowe’en
Performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Tales of the Supernatural: Horror on Hallowe’en
Dramatic readings from 19th century Gothic literature and true ghost stories as reported by visitors of the Merchant’s House through the years told in the Museum’s parlors set for a Victorian funeral. $25, $15 MHM Members. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets. 

Sundays, 1 p.m.
‘Spirited’ Walking Tour of 19th Century Noho:  Glamour, Greed — & Ghosts

The neighborhood surrounding the Merchant’s House was home to some of the most famous, and infamous, names in New York history. From the literary to the illegal, New York society was played out in the elegant parlors and dark alleys of the fashionable Bond Street neighborhood. On this tour, we’ll see the haunts of renowned figures such as Edgar Allen Poe and Washington Irving; the spirits of long ago firemen and stable boys; the high and low life characters of the Bowery — as well as a tale or two of haunted happenings at the Merchant’s House. And we’ll visit the site of the most grisly of all 19th-century New York murders and hear tales of more contemporary ghosts that just won’t leave the neighborhood.

Tour is 50 minutes and begins promptly at 1 p.m.

Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the 2 p.m. GUIDED TOUR if they wish.
$10, Students $ Seniors $5, FREE for Members.
Reservations not necessary.

NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories. 


We absolutely LOVE the Merchant’s House Museum, so we’re giving you an opportunity to win 2 Tickets to their Off-Season Candlelight Ghost Tour on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 7pm or 7:30pm in New York City. 

“Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the night.  Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died (and The New York Times called “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”) by flickering candlelight and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.” The tour is 50 minutes long.

The deadline to enter is 12:00 AM on May 31, 2013.

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Our Review of The Merchant’s House Museum’s Candlelight Ghost Tour.



**  The winner is responsible for their own transportation to NYC to attend the Merchant’s House Candlelight Ghost Tour on Friday, June 21, 2013. **


The Merchant’s House Museum recently announced that they will be holding their popular Candlelight Gost Tours the third Friday of every month. The tours, which were previously only available in October, are 50 minutes long and tickets are $20.00 each. We are thrilled that they will be celebrating their status as ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ all year long,

Upcoming Dates

Candlelight Ghost Tours:

March 15, April 19, May 17, and June 21 at: 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm

Lecture: Investigating ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ with paranormal expert Dan Sturges on March 26th at 7pm.

In Other News

A second Landmarks Preservation Commision hearing was held today on the proposed 9-story hotel at 27 East 4th Street. We are thrilled that the LPC sent the developers back to the drawing board. For more information on the hearing  —  click here.


Haunted Houses Extended into November   

 Blackout Haunted House
Runs until Nov. 12th!

 Blood Manor Runs until Nov. 5th!

Nightmare: Fairy Tales Runs until Nov. 5th!

Terror Behind the Walls (Philadelphia) 
Runs until Nov. 12th!

 Off-Season Haunted Houses 

Times Scare Haunted House 
runs every day all year long.

Blood Manor Anti-Valentine’s Day Weekend

It was cancelled last year, but I hope they bring it back in 2012.

Nightmare: New York
Creator Tim Haskell promised an Easter Weekend Haunt for 2012.

Blackout Haunted House’s Midsummer Nightmare/Off-Season Event
Fingers crossed that I get a ticket to Blackout Haunted House’s (formerly NYC Halloween Haunted House) invitation only off-season event. Join their mailing list for a chance to be invited!

Real Haunted Locations in NYC   

Merchant’s House Museum 
is open year-round for tours and events.

  Ghosts of New York Haunted Tours

A variety of tours are available to explore haunted locations throughout NYC. Click Here to view the tour calendar and purchase tickets.


Merchant’s House Candlelight Ghost Tour
29 East Fourth Street
New York, NY

The Merchant’s House Museum is the only 19th century family home in New York City that has been preserved completely intact. Frozen in time on West 4th Street, it is a truly incredible place to visit and catch a glimpse into the past, but the Museum walls contain more than history. This massive time capsule is also the location of what has been called “Manhattan’s most haunted house.”

Each Halloween, a series of candlelight tours are given in which guests are guided through the antique home at night with just a path of tea light candles to light their way. A brief description of each room is given followed by a recording that features detailed accounts of the strange goings on that have occurred in that room and suggest that its original tenants never left. 

Is it Scary?

The official answer on their website: “Come see the house The New York Times called “Manhattan’s Most Haunted” by flickering candlelight and hear about strange and inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.”

The Raven & Black Cat says: Yes. From the moment you enter the home you can’t help but feel that there is something unsettling happening there. 

Here’s A Tip

The Merchant’s house is currently undergoing a renovation. Since the renovation began last year there has been an increase in strange activity that has been documented by 12 different investigations by supernatural researchers. The Museum is currently holding a raffle to spend a night in the Merchant’s House with the supernatural research team.

What I Loved

This house is amazing. The candlelight ghost tour provides a unique opportunity to explore the home in darkness. I am dying to go back during the day so I can see all the little details that were hidden in the shadows. I am a huge fan of the Victorian era and this house is a perfect example of how terrifying and beautiful that time period can be.

What Could Be Better

The house is perfection even in the midst of a restoration. I strongly encourage the museum to expand on their “spirited” fall events. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to witness a séance held in the Merchant’s House Museum. 

Final Thoughts

It’s so creepy I wish I could live there. Since that is an impossibility, I guess I’ll just have to settle with becoming a museum member. Then at least, I’ll be able to visit whenever I want.  

MHM Candlelight Ghost Tours Run

October 21-22nd & 27-29th

Discount Tickets

Full Price Ticket Prices
6-7:30pm: $25
8-9pm: $30
9:30pm (includes 4th floor servants quarters): $40

  • Merchant’s House Museum Members: $13 all time – Click Here for Museum Membership Info.

Age requirements

 The Merchant’s House Museum is open to all ages.

Additional Info

Halloween may be over, but there are several NYC Haunted Houses extending their run, so horror junkies can get one last fix. If that won’t tide you over till next Halloween, check out NYC’s Off-Season Haunted Houses and Real Haunted Locations in the city.  

NYC Haunted Houses Extended into November

Nightmare:Superstitions – Runs until Nov.13th!  |  Click Here for discount tickets.

Blood Manor – Runs until Nov. 6th!  |  Click Here for discount tickets.

Trapped in Purgatory – Runs until Nov. 6th!  |  Click Here for discount tickets.

Bayville Scream Park – Runs until Nov. 7th!  |  Click Here for tickets.


Off-Season Haunted Houses

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Blood Manor will be having another Anti-Valentine’s Day weekend in 2011 and  that we get an invitation to the Vortex Theater’s exclusive Midsummer Nightmare.

Blood Manor’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Weekend

542 West 27th Street

New York, NY

February 2011?



Vortex Theater’s Midsummer Nightmare 2011

Location Unknown

Summer 2011

Invitation Only.

“…thankfully this arguably bland title gives no indication of the intricate and at times startling work that went into what I can only term a true horror experience.” –FANGORIA


Real Haunted Locations in NYC

Have a real supernatural experience in at one of these real hauntings. These ghosts aren’t just for Halloween. Unlike their seasonal friends, they’re here all year long.

Merchant’s House Museum

29 East Fourth Street, New York, NY 10003


Open Thurs-Mon, 12-5 pm

“In 2006, the Museum decided to mount its own investigation with the help of Historic Paranormal Investigations, a NYC-based group. The evidence is mounting that, indeed, something is here.”

Ghosts of New York Haunted Tours

A variety of tours are available to explore haunted locations throughout NYC.

Click Here to view the tour calendar and purchase tickets.

“If you’re too scared to visit New York’s most haunted spots solo, Phil Schoenberg, a history professor at Queens College, is the man for the job. His “Ghosts of New York” tours offer three area- and ghost-specific tours of the city.” – Daily News

Click Here to check out Club Planet’s List of NYC’s Most Haunted Hang-Outs.