Historic Farmington Mansion Turns Into Funeral Parlor For Ghost Night

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October 15, 2019 - 11:22 am

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FARMINGTON (WWJ) - Halloween is just around the corner and to celebrate the season, a historic mansion in Farmington is hosting a Ghost Night this Saturday.  

The Warner Mansion on Grand River Avenue was built in 1867 and used to be the home of Michigan Governor Fred Warner. Now, the home is decorated for a funeral, complete with a coffin and skeletons.

"It's a friendly house, yes. It is haunted? Well, that's not something that I'm at liberty to say," interim director Mary Jean Shore told WWJ's Beth Fisher. 

Visitors will be able to experience a 19th century Halloween in a 19th century house. Mirrors and pictures around the home will be covered in black to ward off bad thoughts. 

"We will have people who will be 'ghosts' and those ghosts will be members of the Warner family. Besides giving a little bit of history about the Warners, we'll give a little bit of history about the city, about the Victorians, the cultures and the superstitions," said Shore.

The Great Lakes Apparition Seekers will also be in a barn out back to talk more about potential hauntings. Founder Dan Smuk says ghosts have many homes in Michigan locations.

"Most of the time, they're pretty friendly. Other times, they may not necessarily want to talk to you and tell you to go away," he said.

Ghost Night takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. Tickets are available at the door for $12.