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Guided by Lantern Light.

It's a spooky night at the museum when kids relive the murder trial of the "Witch of Staten Island." It all happens in the very courtroom she was tried in during the 19th century.

Kids start the night making their own candles to illuminate the approaching darkness. They trek through the dusk to the Guyon-Lake-Tysen House where they gather around the fiery hearth to pop their own corn and churn butter. Next, they climb the Courthouse steps to uncover the "back story" of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history.

Upstairs, in the same courtroom where Polly Bodine was tried for murder in 1844, they snuggle into their sleeping bags, munch popcorn and participate in the dramatic re-telling of Polly's mysterious and bizarre trial. The story ends when they render their own verdict and discover what the real jury decided more than 150 years ago.

As darkness wraps the Courthouse, the lights are turned low and the children fall sleep in the shadow of the witness stand where the "Witch of Staten Island" testified.

After a long night of rest in peace, they shake the sleep from their bones and head down to the Guyon-Lake-Tysen House to cook their own traditional cornmeal pancakes at the hearth, join a scavenger hunt and other activities.

By 11:30 a.m. they are ready to return to the present day.

Great for birthday parties!  Build your own package.  Add bonuses for the kids: extra handmade crafts, tickets to events, memberships, passports, books and other gifts.

Groups of up to 15 Children, $900

$60 Per additional Child
$50 for each Adult Chaperone

Call (718) 351-1611, ext 280