The ghosts of Farmington’s past come to life October 20, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., during Ghost Night at the Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River.
Recommended for ages 8 and up, this event offers the opportunity to learn more about the lives and deaths of Warner family members, along with Victorian funeral customs.
Hear Fred Warner describe his own funeral as solemn hymns waft from the grand piano. Learn why mirrors were draped in black fabric after a death, and find out the grisly history behind the seemingly innocent custom of handing out souvenir funeral cookies.
In addition to the tours, admission also includes a host of outdoor Halloween activities. Visit the Warner “graves” and the haunted classic car, see vintage Halloween movies and gather around the fire pit. Have a psychic reading on the porch (nominal fee), then follow the trail of tiki-torches to the gazebo for cider and donuts.
As a special feature, The Great Lakes Apparition Seekers (GLAS Paranormal) will give several presentations of results from their recent investigations at the Oakwood Cemetery where Governor Warner is buried.
Tickets are $12 at the door, or $10 in advance at Farmington City Hall, 23600 Liberty Street. Learn more on Facebook.