Franklin D. Roosevelt inspired legions of Americans when he famously said, The only thing we have to fear is this haunted house. Venture bravely into terrifying territory with this Groupon.
$10 for a Haunted-Museum Visit for Two ($20 Value)
Visitors wander the darkened halls of the Victorian mansion and museum, navigating rooms filled with dead sailors, pirates, and cannibals along with the widow of the house. This Groupon is redeemable October 19–21 and October 26–28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sag Harbor Haunted Wailing Museum
The same mansion that once hosted prosperous whaler Benjamin Huntting II and his family in 1845 has become the doomed dwelling of the ghosts of drunken pirates and sailors. In one room, cannibals menace passersby. In another, ghoulish doctors perform an autopsy. Meanwhile, the widow who has wandered the house’s rooms since 1868 seethes at these spirits who have invaded her home. For a few weeks each fall, the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum transforms into the haunted attraction, filled with actors in ghostly costumes and makeup, filling in for the real ghosts who forgot to renew their SAG memberships. Currently doubling as the museum and a Masonic temple, the house was designated an official project of the Save America’s Treasures program by then–First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Museum staffers usher guests through an entrance marked by corinthian columns and a temple-style portico, both of which were designed by American architect Minard Lafever. Once inside, visitors navigate the horror-filled rooms, where figures lurk in shadows behind carved wooden doorframes and under intricate plaster ceilings. The haunted museum provides a sharp contrast to the museum’s other yearly events, which include rotating exhibitions featuring art and colonial artifacts.