Upcoming Haunted Houses – 50,000 Square Feet in NoMa and the National Building Museum

From an email:

“Gravensteen Haunted Productions Presents: The Curse of Frau Mueller

Summary: Satisfy your thirst for horror with Gravensteen Haunted Productions. This haunted house is the largest and scariest in the Washington DC area. The goal is to bring a truly unique haunted experience that is sure to stay with you. We provide 50,000 square feet of thrills and scares at every corner with high quality actors, make-up artists, set designs and themed background stories that suck the audience into the experience. Horror enthusiasts will love our flavor of frights. Check us out every Halloween for a unique haunted house adventure in Washington DC.

Dates: First night September 27th, last night November 2nd
Location: 50 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 (vacant ice warehouse)
Website & Tickets:
Ticket Prices: $35 (Regular) $50 (Speed Pass to Avoid Line)”

401 F Street, NW

From the National Building Museum:

“The National Building Museum, America’s leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment, is haunted by ghosts. Multiple witnesses have confirmed at least four and as many as six separate spiritual beings living in the Museum, although specific identities of the undead have yet to be confirmed.

The Museum is staffed 24 hours a day by security. The overnight shift is typically peaceful, but over the past several weeks, officers have noticed some peculiar phenomena.

“It started with strange noises and mysteriously misplaced objects,” said Captain LaTanya Bullock, First Coast Security. “Then I started getting calls in the middle of the night from frightened officers, saying they’d seen ‘a lady in white’ floating around the Great Hall. I thought they were losing their marbles until I saw the banshee myself.”

Constructed between 1882 and 1887, the Museum’s historic home was formerly the Pension Building and was frequently visited by war veterans. As it is today, the structure was also host to the area’s biggest social occasions, including Inaugural Balls dating back to Grover Cleveland’s administration. Containing over 100 years of history, the identity of these ghosts is difficult to pin down.

“There are countless scary stories about the building that have passed around for some time,” said Chase W. Rynd, executive director. “I never really believed any of them until recently— when I saw an actual ghost floating past my office!”

Due to strong interest in communing with the spirits, the Museum is hosting several Ghost Tours this fall. These will take place at night when the specters are most likely to appear, on the following dates:

September 29, 9 pm
October 13, 9:15 pm
October 20, 8 pm and 9:15 pm
October 31, 8 pm and 9:15 pm

All tours are $15 for Museum members, $18 for non-members. Due to the potentially frightening nature of meeting ghosts, tours are suitable for ages 10 and up.

“As a Museum, we’ll take any opportunity to educate the public about the built environment,” said Kristen Sheldon, volunteer manager. “Who better to teach us about the history of this landmark building than its past inhabitants—even if they are long dead?”

The Museum’s ghosts were unavailable for comment at press time, but the marketing department has purchased a Ouija board with hopes of offering interviews in the coming weeks.”

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