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Halloween at the Mount

Edith Wharton wrote about some really scary things when she chronicled the moral bankruptcy of her own elite class at the end of the Gilded Age. But this weekend the emphasis will be on fun as her former home at The Mount in Lenox MA is opened for Halloween adventure.

The Mount has planned several special events, including pumpkin painting for the family ($3 material fee), a dramatic reading of Afterwards, Edith Wharton’s own haunting short story, and Halloween night ghost tours.

For more than a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants and teenage girls - a virtual cocktail of emotional experiences. Visitors never know who - or what - might show up.

Attendees are welcome to come to the ghost tours in costume. The winner for best costume will receive a season membership to The Mount. The tour is not recommended for children under 12. Those attending should dress warmly and wear sensible shoes. This tour is unsuitable for wheelchairs and the half-mile walk has some steep areas.

Advance reservations are required for the tours, which are offered October 30th and 31st at 7:30 and 10PM; $24 adult, $20 youth (12-18). For tickets call 413-551-5100. If tickets are sold out, to be added to a waitlist, email

Visitors of all ages are invited to grab a brush and a pumpkin and to join in decorating for the season on Edith Wharton’s terrace October 31st at 11AM and 2PM. Painters are welcome to decorate on paper or pumpkin.

And from 4:30 to 6:30PM October 31st visitors are invited to enter into a hauntingly good evening of seasonal beverages and a spooky story. At 4:30, there will be a hard cider tasting from Hilltop Orchards. The price includes complimentary apple cider donuts, with a cash bar for additional beverages. At 5:30, Shakespeare & Company’s Ariel Bock will read Edith Wharton’s 1910 ghostly classic Afterward. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for Mount members.