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Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays | October 6th - 29th

Times: 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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Phantoms by Firelight

A Halloween experience of epic and eerie proportions!

Phantoms by Firelight returns to Old Sturbridge Village for 12 nights this Fall…and it’s bigger than ever! Step into the firelit shadows of history and uncover its eerie tales. Learn about the history of Halloween traditions, play games, find treats, and listen to ghost stories by the bonfire. Plus, be entertained by the spectacle of mesmerizing performances including fire breathing and flame spinning, as well as acrobats flying high over the Village with their vampire-like ways. From specters to secrets, explore history’s haunted mysteries.

Bigger and better than past years! Featuring even more Halloween fun and adventure for all ages.

Tickets now on sale! See details below.

Fire performer at night.

Cyrkus Vampyr

The extravaganza continues this year with new featured acts and returning acts to mesmerize and intrigue. Traveling performers take over the entire landscape with their feats of fire-defying dare. Whisperings of fire throwers, acrobatics, aerial dancers, and dark magicians have been heard about the town. You’ll be enraptured by the captivating performances appearing from all corners of the Village.

Young child in Halloween costume.

Clues & Candy

The Village’s version of trick-or-treat! A fun-filled activity for kids young and old. Collect all the stamps at various locations in the Village to reveal a finished image or travel around and answer all the riddles. At the end, collect a bag full of candy and sweet treats.

Ghost stories by the bonfire with crowds of people.

Spooky Stories at the Bonfire

Gather around the warm glow of the bonfire and join us for family-friendly, spooky stories around on the Village Common. Our talented narrators will share tales of New England ghosts, haunted houses not too far away, and gruesome legends from the past.

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Haunted History

Learn about funeral traditions in the 1830s. Attend a wake, see coffin making in the Cabinetmaking shop, see examples of mourning jewelry and artwork being made from hair. Learn about the history of Jack o’Lanterns, other-worldly spirits, as well as creepy cures for diseases.

Outdoor dining during the fall season.

Take a Bite

When you are hungry or thirsty, stop by the Bullard Tavern or the Ox & Yoke Café to purchase items from a spooktacular menu created just for Phantoms by Firelight. There will be soups and wraps available, as well as sweet and savory snacks. Drinks include the Green Goblin, hot apple cider, and more.

Phantoms t-shirts and other goods and gifts for the Halloween season on display.

Shop till you drop!

Visit Miner Grant and Ox & Yoke Mercantile for seasonal crafts, food, drink, and home items. Plus, discover gifts, pottery, and other items handmade by the artisans of Old Sturbridge Village. On select nights, October 14th, 22nd, and 27th, there will also be a special author book signing with Thomas D’Agostino, one of the region’s most well-known writers and investigators of the paranormal. Learn more about the book signing here.

Spooky Halloween costumed person standing near funeral wreath.

Spooky Selfie Contest

Come to the Village in costume! Take a photo of you and/or your child in costume at Old Sturbridge Village and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #OSVHalloween. The winner will win a 4-pack of tickets to our Christmas by Candlelight event in December! Learn more about the Spooky Selfie Contest here.

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Coming from a distance?

Stay the night! Enjoy the evening at Phantoms by Firelight and then spend a restful night at the nearby Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges. Special rates and packages are available now.


Tickets are now on sale! For a limited time, you can save by purchasing your tickets before October 6. Beginning opening night prices increase.

Member Prices*

Save even more by becoming a member! This a fantastic time to become a member and save big while also getting other membership perks like 10% off on food, beverage, and retail items in our shops plus additional discounts for Christmas by Candlelight 2023. Join or renew today and save on Phantoms by Firelight tickets in addition to many more benefits, learn more.

Non-Member Prices*

Click your preferred date below to complete your ticket purchase. Tickets are nonrefundable.

*Please note there is a $3.00 rescheduling fee per ticket. We encourage you to carefully select your dates. Rescheduling is based on availability. If Old Sturbridge Village cancels a program for any reason the rescheduling fee will not apply and we will communicate with all ticket purchasers via email.

Friday, October 6

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