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Ghostly fun at Lincoln presidential museum
‘Spooktacular’ on Oct. 15 features haunted exhibits, storytelling, magic and a kids’ costume contest

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[October 14, 2016]  SPRINGFIELD – Creepy characters will take over the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Oct. 15 for the annual “Spooktacular Evening with Abe,” a night of games, stories and magic to welcome the Halloween season.

People of all ages can enjoy historical characters “haunting” the museum, special eerie lighting and music, and spooky storytelling in Union Theater.

There’s also a kids’ costume contest with prizes, a scavenger hunt, crafts and games, and a special showing of “Ghosts of the Library.”

Refreshments will be provided, and the Museum gift shop will be open during the evening.

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and wraps up at 8:30. A DJ will provide family-friendly music, and special guests from some favorite movies just might make an appearance.

The event is free for members of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. For others, it’s just $10 for the whole family.

Make your reservation by visiting  and clicking on “special event reservations.” Tickets will NOT be sold at the door on the evening of the event. For more information, call (217) 557-5589.

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Children must be accompanied by adults, and adults in costume are asked not to wear masks or hoods.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln documents, photographs, artifacts and art. It has some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history, making the library one of the nation’s leading institutions for genealogy and history research.

[Shanta Thoele
Executive Secretary
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library]

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