Glensheen’s fourth annual Spooktacular opens Thursday, October 23 and runs through Sunday, October 27. Marketing Director and Event Coordinator Jane Pederson is very excited for this event. “The event will be the perfect Halloween surprise for families and friends. Come enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and explore one of Minnesota’s most enchanted pieces of history.”
More than a thousand jack-o-lanterns will fill the Glensheen grounds, leading guests through this historic and exquisite property. The mansion is located on 3300 London Rd. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the last group will be admitted at 8:30 p.m. The grounds close at 9 p.m. every night. Tickets for this family-friendly event are available here.
The grounds are transformed by the light of over a thousand flickering pumpkins. Each year there is a new and unique path of jack-o-lanterns filling the grounds. Visitors can vote for their favorite pumpkin. Tasty treats like s’mores will also be provided. To make this event even more impressive, fire dancers will add to the magic and entertain visitors throughout the night.
UMD students create many of the lanterns, providing visitors with the magical realm they will walk into.
The mansion was built between 1905 and 1908 and was designed by architect Clarence Johnston for the Congdon family. Chester Congdon was once the wealthiest man in the state of Minnesota, but was surpassed by James J. Hill whose mansion is on Summit Avenue in St. Paul Minn.
Event Coordinator, Jane Pederson, says many people visit Glensheen because the grounds are so beautiful. This beautiful landscape is just a hint of what visitors will experience when they attend the Spooktacular.
More Information here.
Written by Alexis Knigge. October, 2014.
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