CINEMA IN THE CEMETERY
Sit back and relax with a drink, a date or some friends on this autumnal movie night under the stars. After the sun sets, the grainy joys of the film experience will be brought to audiences amid the historic tombs of Laurel Hill Cemetery. This season’s feature film will be comedy horror classic, The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), starring Jonathan Haze and a cameo appearance by a young Jack Nicholson. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.
Don't forget your wallets! Weckerly's Ice Cream will be on site with some delicious homemade ice cream for all your concession needs.
The screening will take place on Saturday, October 4 at 8:00pm (with a pre-scheduled rain date of Saturday, October 25 at 8:00pm). Gates open at 7pm. Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.
GROOVIN' IN THE GRAVEYARD: KIDS' CONCERT and FAMILY FUN
Enjoy a family friendly concert by "Ratboy Jr." outdoors amid the crisp autumn air, bright blue skies and brilliant fall foliage that abounds in Laurel Hill Cemetery! Children are encouraged to come dressed in Halloween costumes, and to show them off during the performance. Round out the day with art activities and our pumpkin patch. This program is recommended for families with children ages 4-12. Light snacks and Halloween goodies will be available. BYO blankets, beach chairs and picnics!
The program will take place on Sunday, October 5, beginning promptly at 1:00pm and concluding at 3:00pm. Visitors may enter via Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
OVER MY DEAD BODY: MURDER MYSTERY IN THE CEMETERY
This Halloween season, the tombs of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery become a stage with an interactive theatre performance. The Candlelight Murders, inspired by real stories from the Cemetery’s history; has been written and produced by Philadelphia playwright, Loretta Vasile. In it, the untimely death of an heiress leads to her family gathering at Laurel Hill Cemetery to have her memorial and hunt for her missing will, but an unexpected guest brings evidence that her death was far from natural. Whodunit? Audiences will have a chance to don their detective caps and search for clues on the cemetery grounds. Before the end of the show, they can submit their best guess about the criminal’s identity. Was it a greedy family member, desperate for an inheritance? A mysterious guest who showed up uninvited to the memorial? Or the black sheep of the family, angry after years of being shunned? The final scene will reveal the answer and things are not always what they seem.
One performance of The Candlelight Murders is scheduled at Laurel Hill Cemetery: Thursday, October 9 at 7:00pm (with a prescheduled rain date of Friday, October 10 at 7:00pm). The cost for the show is $35/person general admission and includes wine, beer and refreshments. Advanced Reservations are requested and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased by phone, (215) 228-8200 or online.
Upon arrival, check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.
Want more? Join the Mechanical Theater for "Masque of Poe" an evening of some of Poe's most thrilling poems and stories. Each room of the hauntingly love Powel house will serve as an intimate setting for one of Poe's dark tales including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat" and more!
6th ANNUAL REST IN PEACE 5K RUN
Trick or treat…move your feet! Kick off your Halloween season in the right way. Organized by East Falls Fitness and the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery with the help of Presenting Sponsor, East River Bank, the Rest in Peace 5K Run is the only Halloween costume run and after-party in a Cemetery at night in the region. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a 501c3 nonprofit that works to preserve and promote the historical character of Laurel Hill Cemetery through educational programs and public outreach. Unique and challenging, the run winds through the headstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery, a beautiful National Historic Landmark, located in the East Falls neighborhood. Participants and spectators alike are encouraged to attend in Halloween attire. Runners can register as individuals or as teams. For more information or to register, visit www.rip5k.org.
SINNERS, SCANDALS and SUICIDES
Laurel Hill has its brave military heroes like George Gordon Meade, its uplifting reformers like Sarah Josepha Hale, and selfless philanthropists like Robert Carson. But what about the less than pure spirits?... The South Philly gangster who got whacked when he tried to infiltrate the Schuylkill County numbers racket? The Civil War hero who made his fortune from white lightning and who, because of his many illicit affairs, was referred to by the local press as "a slayer of innocence and a robber of chastity"? The chemical heiress who lost her money in an infamous Broadway bomb starring the producer's talentless girlfriend? The noted artist who committed suicide during the Depression when his priceless book and art collections were sold at auction for a few thousand dollars? The final resting places of these troubled souls will be among the many stops on our walking tour of Laurel Hill's scandalous, sinful and sordid side.
The tour will take place on Sunday, October 12 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
SOUL CRAWL: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HISTORY TOURS
Behold the return of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s annual Halloween flashlight tours of yore. No longer featuring the actors, the program will return to its roots as extended nighttime walking tours of the cemetery, focusing on its rich history, and covering its enchanting art and landscape. Tours will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by complimentary cookies and cider aside blazing fire pits. Bring your own flashlights.
Two evenings of the Soul Crawl: Haunted History Halloween Tours are scheduled at Laurel Hill: Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 at 7:00pm.
The cost for Soul Crawl is $20/person general admission. Purchasing tickets in advance is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215)228-8200 or online.
Upon arrival, register at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.
FROM DEUTSCHLAND TO DEADLAND: HISTORIC GERMANS OF LAUREL HILL
Since its founding in 1682, German immigrants have played an important role in the development of Philadelphia. Our Oktoberfest tour will include visits to the final resting places of prominent Germans, including military heroes, brewers, industrialists, politicians and nobility. Attendees will learn about German culture and history, concluding with a ‘bier’ tasting of German style beers. Visitors may even learn to speak a little “deutsh”.
The tour and tasting will take place on Sunday, October 19 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES: HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS
In life and in death, we all have stories to tell. Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am.
October’s walking tour will take place on Friday, October 24 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
10th ANNUAL GRAVEDIGGERS' BALL
The Gravediggers' Ball is the annual fundraiser of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to preserve, interpret and promote the site for which it exists. 2014 marks the 10TH ANNIVERSARY of the Ball!
Since its establishment in 1836, Laurel Hill Cemetery has been maintained as a free and fully accessible educational, environmental and recreational resource for both nearby communities and faraway visitors. It has served equally as a place of enjoyment for the living and one of peaceful rest for the dead for over 175 years.
All proceeds from the Gravediggers' Ball directly support the ongoing public accessibility, preservation and interpretation of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.gravediggersball.org.
GHOST TALES and GOOSEBUMPS: LOCAL LEGENDS BY FIRELIGHT
Every town has its tales—ghost stories that send chills down your spine and make goose bumps spring up on your skin. This Mischief Night, Laurel Hill Cemetery is host to the region’s classic ghost tales and creepy legends. By candlelight, firelight, and lantern, storytellers will regale you with tales sure to set your bones shivering. Tours will depart every half hour through the stones and mausoleums of Laurel Hill. Afterwards, slow your slow heart rate with hot cider and cookies. Enjoy an appropriately Victorian macabre introduction by Sussurus Din, author of Gloomy Presentiments of Things to Come and You Think Us Mad, Don’t You?. Bring your own flashlights.
One evening of Ghost Tales and Goosebumps is scheduled at Laurel Hill: Thursday, October 30 at 7:00pm. Tours will depart every half-hour, with the final tour departing at 9:00pm.
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