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With its high-bustled skirts, chimney-sweep children wearing dusty black hats and creepy photographs of stern-faced people, the Victorian era is tailor-made for Halloween fun. And with All Hallow's Eve fast approaching, there's no time like the present to take a trip back in time and get one's Goth on. Fortunately, the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion is hosting its fourth annual A Death in the Family afternoon, where Victorian death and mourning practices return from the past. A substantial alternative to the haunted house, the afternoon includes costumed mourners, a historically accurate séance reenactment, embalming and funerary exhibits, gravestone rubbings, $5 tarot-card readings, and a demonstration of modern ghost-hunting technology. The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion (3352 DeMenil Place) welcomes mourners from noon to 5 p.m., and admission is $10. Call 314-771-5828 or visit for more information.
Sun., Oct. 19, 2008

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