September 9 – October 31, 2022

Boo! And we’re not kidding!

Explore the spirits of historic Cape May during specially-themed tours and events that tell the many ghost tales of this seaside town, including Ghost Walk with Craig McManus, Historic Haunts Tours, Séance at the Physick Estate, Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tours, Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tours, Graveyard, Ghosts & Mansion Combo Tour, and more. Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Physick Estate and visit Scarecrow Alley, with funny and spooky scarecrows along the walkways, and vote for your favorite!

PHANTOMS OF THE PHYSICK ESTATE

“THE SPELLBOUND SISTERS”

Ever since three strange sisters moved into the Physick estate, Cape May has not been the same. Rumors say that these women might be using dark magic. Are you brave enough to accept the invitation to visit their home and unveil the truth?

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GRAVEYARD, GHOSTS & MANSION
COMBO TOUR

Doctor Emlen Physick dessed in a top hat and victorian coat stnading next to his gravestone that says Physick

Hear the stories and experiences of ghost activity in the 1879 Physick House Museum from the Cape May MAC tour guides who know them intimately. It starts with a trolley ride to the historic Cold Spring Presbyterian Cemetery to see the graves of Dr. Emlen Physick and his family. At the graveyard you’ll hear EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) recorded by tour guides and staff at the estate. On your return trip to the Physick Estate hear about some unusual Victorian funereal customs. Then, inside the Physick House you will visit several rooms and hear several more EVPs while learning more about the activity observed there. Take the opportunity to talk to staff about their experiences, and a moment to wonder at what it all means. Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate.

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GHOST WALK WITH CRAIG MCMANUS

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Dare to walk the haunted streets of Victorian Cape May on a Ghost Walk with Craig McManus. Your guide, psychic medium and ghost writer Craig McManus, will point out the houses where he has sensed paranormal activity (which may or may not manifest itself).

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CHERRY HOUSE CHEERY HALLOWEEN TOUR

Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of this private home on historic Hughes St. while viewing Halloween themed decor throughout the house.

Masks are required on this tour.

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GHOSTS OF CAPE MAY TROLLEY TOUR

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What was that shadow? Was it the undead of Cape May’s past wandering their beloved haunts? You might scoff, you might shudder, but rest assured: on board a trolley with an experienced guide you will begin to wonder what’s beyond when you hear the tales of hauntings unearthed in Cape May by renowned psychic medium and author Craig McManus. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop.

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SPIRITS & ODDITIES TROLLEY TOUR

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Cats in ghostly form purr from the beyond. Beloved family members in photographs without their heads. Graves equipped with a torpedo to put off intruders. Victorians of the late 19th century had wild notions about the passage from life to death. Belief in ghosts and spirits was common and superstition abounded. Hear several Cape May ghost stories and more strange stories from Victorian Cape May history that are macabre, mysterious or just plain weird! Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop.

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GHOSTS OF THE LIGHTHOUSE TROLLEY TOUR

Cape May Lighthouse

Take an evening tour down the ghostly path that leads to the Cape May Lighthouse, as you hear about psychic medium Craig McManus’ paranormal findings.

*Please note that some portions of this tour are not accessible.  Call 609-884-5404 (press 0) for reservations and further information.

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MAGIC & MYSTERY HOUSE TOUR

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Victorians were fascinated with mystery and illusion and this tour through select rooms in the 1879 Physick House Museum shares that fascination. Learn about the famous Harry Houdini who captivated Victorian audiences with his intricate escapes, the Goddess of Mystery, Ionia, a Belgian beauty who Victorians worshipped for her spectacles of magic, The Great Lafayette, who became known as the world’s greatest magician, and Pepper’s Ghost, an illusion still used today, with Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and more.

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14th ANNUAL SCARECROW ALLEY

Oct. 1-Oct. 31 2022

The grounds of Cape May’s original haunted house, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., are transformed for the spooky season. Scarecrow Alley is a highlight of the Estate’s Halloween decorations. Walk the grounds and vote for your favorite ghoulishly gruesome or foolishly funny scarecrow.

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HISTORIC HAUNTS
COMBINATION TOUR

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Take an evening trolley ride through the Historic District and hear stories of haunted Cape May. Step off the trolley at the Physick House Museum with your guide and see Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, reputed to be haunted, as you learn about Victorian Spiritualism. This tour combines a Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour with a visit to the Physick House. In the museum, guides will compare the methods of spirit contact used by the Victorians with those of today’s paranormal investigators. Selected rooms on both floors are included in the tour. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop.

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TRICK OR TREAT

Monday, Oct. 31: 5pm-7pm
Emlen Physick Estate

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Bring the little ghosts and goblins to the Physick Estate, home of Cape May’s original haunted house, for some treats…and maybe a few tricks, too. Spooky music, Scarecrow Alley, and maybe a few strange spirits hanging around the grounds!

HALLOWEEN CRAFT & COLLECTIBLES SHOW

Saturday, October 29, 2021: 10am – 3pm
Emlen Physick Estate

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Visit the Emlen Physick Estate for this open-air show featuring wares of local vendors and crafters. Explore our 12th annual Scarecrow Alley which decorates the grounds. Feel free to come in costume to celebrate this festive holiday!

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DEPARTMENT 56 HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT

Daily through October 31: 10am – 4pm
Emlen Physick Estate

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If you love our Dept. 56 Dickens Village at Christmas, come and see what we have for Halloween! It’s a witch’s brew of spooky houses, bizarre characters and bats, cats and pumpkins galore, all done in the exquisite miniature fashion which has made Dept. 56 so popular with collectors. Nearly 100 pieces and accessories will be on exhibit on the Physick House’s enclosed entrance porch.

FREE ADMISSION