Have you ever played with a Ouija board? Thought about going to a fortune teller, having your tarot cards read or attending a séance? Mabry-Hazen House has thought about all of these and more, hosting A Victorian Séance Experience on Thursday through Sunday, October 26-29, 2023, 6:30-10:30 p.m. inside the front parlors of the 1858 historic house at 1711 Dandridge Avenue.
Disclaimer: This is not a demonstration of mediumship or a way to contact the deceased. It is not recommended for the recently bereaved.
This is the sixth year Mabry-Hazen House will exhibit this spooky, yet fascinating cultural moment during its immersive Halloween program.
Under the guidance of a Victorian medium, the séances will reenact a nineteenth century spiritualist séance filled with mysterious and startling wonders. Séances occur every 20 minutes starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m. Sitters must select a specific date and time to reserve a seat at the table.
Each session is limited to seven sitters, and all sitters must be 10 or older. Tickets are $25 per person and $15 for children (ages 10-16). Sitters should arrive at least 15 minutes before their reservation. Tickets can be purchased at Seance Tickets. Service fees apply for online purchases. Payments with cash or check are available. Call 865-522-8661.
The House of Tarot will return with fortune tellers, astrologers and tarot card readers performing their craft for interested parties. Tickets for a fortune reading will be available at the door.
Vendors will also have holiday items available for sale inside the House of Tarot. Halloween-themed silent films will also be shown outdoors on the lawn (weather permitting).
On Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m., the House of Tarot will open and the museum will host a Halloween Festival until 6 p.m. There will be pumpkin carving and costume contests for visitors. The historic house museum will be open for tours and trick or treating
Tintype photographer Kelsey Tiara will perform spirit photography demonstrations to show how ghosts were created in historic images. “A history of spiritualism” talk will be given by Patrick Hollis.
Laura Still, Suzy Trotta and other authors will read scary stories appropriate for kids and adults.
More information can be found on the museum website: Mabry-Hazen House
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