Dual haunted houses at Bellamy Mansion offer antique horror this Halloween weekend

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An even spooookier Burgwin-Wright building. (Photo courtesy Laural Coffey, Bellamy Mansion.)
A spooooky Burgwin-Wright building. (Photo courtesy Laural Coffey, Bellamy Mansion.)

Time travel can be dangerous – or at least scary – business, as anyone brave enough to visit “Hell’s Belles and the Colonial Damned” this weekend will find out.

The haunted houses, hosted by the Bellamy Mansion Museum, promise “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties.” The Burgwin-Wright House will feature the ‘Colonial Damned,’ with eighteenth century horrors galore. The Bellamy Mansion, meanwhile, will offer ‘Hell’s Belles,’ bringing Civil War era terrors to life.

The haunted houses will offer “terrifying scenes” in each room, with set decorations and effects provided by Wilmington’s Pineapple-Shaped Lamps. However, it would be unwise to let Pineapple-Shaped Lamps reputation as a theatrical comedy group mislead you. Bellamy Mansion Museum is cautioning that the haunted house scenes are intensely scary.

An even spooookier looking Bellamy Mansion before its renovation in the early 1990s. (Photo courtesy Laural Coffey, Bellamy Mansion.)
An even spooookier looking Bellamy Mansion before its renovation in the early 1990s. (Photo courtesy Laural Coffey, Bellamy Mansion.)

Parents should note: while this is a no-contact haunted house with no waivers to sign and no official age limit, the Museum strongly suggests children under 13 not attend. Organizers declined to reveal further details, citing their “wish to preserve the shock value of the evenings’ eerie entertainments.”

The haunted houses will be open on Friday, Oct. 28, from 7-11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-11 p.m. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door of either haunted house. Beer and food will be available for purchase on site, served from local Wilmington-area food trucks.

The Bellamy Mansion is located at 503 Market Street, at the North-East corner of N. 5th Ave. The Burgwin-Wright House is located at 224 Market St., on the South-West corner of S. Third Street.

For more information, contact the Bellamy Mansion by phone – (910) 251-3700 or by email info@bellamymansion.org.