Event Info



1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd.
Sturbridge, MA 01566

Phantoms by Firelight

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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 and Admission

Early-Bird Pricing - now through Oct 5th
Old Sturbridge Village Member: $28 Adult / $14 Youth
Non-member: $33 Adult / $16.50 Youth

Standard Pricing Oct 6th - 29th
Online purchase: $35 Adult / $17.50 Youth (member & non-member)
At the gate purchase: $40 Adult / $20 Youth


Advance purchase is strongly encouraged as some nights may sell out. Tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets are date specific and there is a fee to change dates.

Event Times

There are no upcoming dates scheduled for this event.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Food and Shopping!
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.

Special Events

Thomas D'Agostino "Guide to Haunted New England" Book Signing at Phantoms by Firelight
On select nights, October 14th, 22nd, and 27th, there will also be a special author book signing with Thomas D’Agostino, author of A Guide to Haunted New England. 
Thomas D’Agostino is one of the region’s most well-known writers and investigators of the paranormal and on select nights, he'll be signing books at the Miner Grant Store at Old Sturbridge Village!
Included with admission to Phantoms by Firelight evenings at Old Sturbridge Village.
Thomas D'Agostino's book will be available for purchase.