A video promo for “Darkness” at the Westport Museum for History and Culture. / Contributed video

WESTPORT — Ghosts of Westport’s past will animate this Halloween season with special events planned by the Westport Museum for History and Culture.

The museum is organizing a varied slate of programs for what it calls “Spooktober — A Haunting We Will Go” through the eve of Halloween.

  • On Thursday, a new event, “Darkness,” will provide insight into the minds of colonists who organized 17th Century witch hunts in Connecticut, according to a museum release. “Mature themes” will be discussed in complete darkness for extended periods, museum officials said, so it is not recommended for children under 10 years old; adult supervision is mandatory. 

The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the cobblestone barn on the museum property, 25 Avery Place. Tickets cost $10 and can be reserved here.

A headstone in one of Westport’s historic cemeteries. / Photo, Westport Museum for History and Culture
  • “Art from Beyond the Grave” on Saturday will feature tours in the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to highlight 18th and 19th Century superstitions associated with grave yards.

The tours will take place at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Reservations are required; the $10 tickets can be purchased here.

  • The museum’s annual “Illuminating the Past” lantern tours return Oct. 29 and 30.

The 45-minute, early-evening tours on Friday, Oct. 29, will be in the Greens Farms Upper Cemetery and on Saturday, Oct. 30, in Evergreen Cemetery.

Tickets cost $10 per person and include an online access code for virtual content. For details about the tour schedule and to purchase tickets, go here.

For more information, contact the Westport Museum for History and Culture at 203-222-1424 or visit its website.