Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
Raynham Hall Museum, considered by some to be one of the most haunted places on Long Island, has a tradition of celebrating the supernatural. On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7 to 10 p.m., the museum, located at 20 West Main Street in Oyster Bay, welcomes Shawn Schildgen, metaphysical and paranormal specialist, to conduct a “how to ghost hunt” investigation. Shawn has been actively working in the paranormal field for the last 16 years and has most recently worked with the paranormal group S.I.G.H.T. (Suffolk Investigative Ghost Hunting Team).
Shawn is currently working on a series of books that include accounts of personal encounters and a field guide to paranormal research. Shawn will be presenting a how-to conduct a paranormal session video along with a compilation of their findings at Raynham Hall Museum. With colleagues, Scott Becker and Steve Linthwaite, who will assist in with an actual paranormal investigation of Raynham Hall that night.
At 10 p.m. a live stream filming will begin and go on throughout the night for viewers to watch for activity while the museum is closed and see what goes bump in the night. Trigger objects will be placed to entice the spirits curiosity. This link can be found on Raynham Hall’s website: www.raynhamhallmuseum.org.
Visitors will also be treated to a “Haunted Tour” of the Museum, during which visitors will be regaled with legends and stories of reported hauntings at Raynham Hall. The stories of RH museum staff and visitor sightings as well as historical facts relating to the ghostly encounters will be highlighted. There is also a chance to connect with “the other side” by having your choice of tarot card and crystal ball readings by Raynham Hall’s own “volunseer” Mike Goudket.
Sunday, Oct. 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. several of Oyster Bay’s not-for-profits have banded together to present a Haunted Tour of Historic Oyster Bay.
OB Ghost Rides in Historic Haunted Hamlet, October 30
There’s Halloween fun for the entire family on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the hamlet of Oyster Bay. Several of Oyster Bay’s not- for-profits have banded together to present a Haunted History Tour of Historic Oyster Bay. There will be a historic horse-drawn carriage making stops at several allegedly haunted locations.
Visitors can pick up the carriage at Sweet Tomato healthy eatery and catering at 91 Audrey Avenue, proceed to the Oyster Bay Historical Society 20 Summit Street, Raynham Hall Museum 20 West Main Street, and the old Oyster Bay Railroad Station (future home of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum) at the foot of Audrey Avenue north, before returning to Sweet Tomato for refreshments including free Halloween cupcakes for kids under 48 inches in height!
Each location will be appropriately dressed out in eerie and macabre decoration for the occasion. Think “Haunted”!
Activities include Kerriann Flanagan Brosky signing copies of her book Ghosts of Long Island and tarot card readings by medium Patricia Bono at Sweet Tomato; a witches’ cauldron, face painting, pumpkin toss, and pin-the-bone-on-the-skeleton at the Oyster Bay Historical Society, with a special appearance by Charles Wightman; ghost hunter Shawn Schildgen (3 to 7 p.m.) and his findings from his latest ghost hunt at Raynham Hall Museum, along with ghost stories presented by professional storyteller, Janet Demarest (5 to 7 p.m.); and apple dunking and other surprises and fun at the old Oyster Bay Railroad Station.
For more information visit oysterbayhistorical.org or call 922-5032.
Raynham Hall Museum is a historic house museum that dates to 1738. The museum explores the life and times of the Townsend Family, illuminating history from the American Revolution in the 1770s through Oyster Bay’s affluent Victorian period in the 1870s. Robert Townsend served as a central member of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring.
The museum hosts many programs throughout the year. Upcoming programs include Children’s Etiquette for the Holidays and a Holiday Chocolate Workshop. Raynham Hall Museum is located at 20 West Main Street in Oyster Bay. For more information, call 922-6808 or visit www.raynhamhallmuseum.org.