“Spooktacular Halloween at the Abe Lincoln Presidential Museum” by S.M. O’Connor

“Spooktacular Evening with Abe” at the Abe Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield

If you live in or near Springfield, Illinois, and are looking for family-friendly events around Halloween, “A Spooktacular Evening with Abe” will be at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  [The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is directly across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.  They are both on Sixth Street in downtown Springfield.]  The address of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is 212 North Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701.

The event begins at 6:30 in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza.  There will be historical characters “haunting” the exhibits.  There will also be eerie lighting and music.

Costumes are welcome.  Entertainment includes games, crafts, and live music with a D.J.  Snacks and drinks will be available.

Children must be accompanied by adults.  No adult costume can include hoods or masks.

Tickets are $10 per family (free for Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation Member families).  One may become a member by calling (217) 557-5589.

One must register and purchase tickets from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation in advance online here or by calling (217) 557-5589.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

This event has been going since 2013.  Around 800-900 people attend every year, about 450 of who are children.

I asked a spokeswoman a few questions about the event.

Q: Have you noticed any trends in attendance?

A: Springfield is definitely a Halloween town so the event has held very strong in attendance over the years.   It still seems to be very steady and slightly growing.  Springfield offers many community activities like this at the mall, stores, churches, etc.

Q: Do kids mostly wear store-bought costumes or home-made costumes?

A: It is a lot of both really!  We have had costume contests in the past but now we just encourage costume.  They are not required.  It grew so large the logistics of picking one favorite was impossible.  They are all adorable in our eyes.   There are of course a few Abraham Lincoln’s in the crowd as well!

Q: Do you have any contests for best costume, etc.?

A: We used to but did away with it over time due to logistics.

Q: Do proceeds support programs at the Museum like this or go into a more general fund?

A: This event is provided free to all members and their families as a membership benefit.   We do open it to the community for $10/family no matter the size.  Families bring all the kids and grandparents come along for the festivities, too.  The proceeds collected does not cover the expenses incurred.  The ALPLF has over 6000 members across the world.

SONY DSCFigure 1 Credit: Chris Wills, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Caption: Chris Wills photographed these girls at the 2017 Spooktacular on October 21, 2017.

SONY DSCFigure 2 Credit: Chris Wills, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Caption: These girls seem to be meeting (an actress dressed as) the ghost of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln (Mary Todd Lincoln) at the 2017 Spooktacular.

If you have a question, call (217) 558-8844.  INB Bank is the sponsor.

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