The lights are dim and death has begun to creep into the stately Moss Mansion in Billings this month, as it hosts all manner of ghostly goings-on, beginning Oct. 11 with Montana Spirits at the Moss and continuing with Horror Theatre and the Haunted Maze.
Spirits at the Moss
Learn about spooky encounters that staff, volunteers and guests of the mansion have had while on premises Oct. 11 and hear other ghostly tales and tragedies from around Montana. Storytelling is paired with five Montana-made brews and liquors during the tour, with each spirited sample conjoined with a ghost story from its locale of origin, and seasoned with plenty of Moss tales along the way.
Each tour ends with haunted recordings captured within the Moss itself by members of the Montana Paranormal Research Society.
“Ninety-five percent of the time nothing happens. We go home with a stiff neck and sore feet,” paranormal researcher Karen Stevens told the Billings Gazette in 2016. “It’s the 5 percent when something happens that totally is worth it.”
Six tours are available; reservations are $30 per adult (must be 21 or older, ID required at check-in), and limited to 12 to 15 guests per tour. Reservations are non-refundable but are transferable; visit www.mossmansion.com or call 406-256-5100.
Haunted Maze and Horror Theater
Prepare to be petrified while raising funds for this National Historic Home, local non-profit museum and cultural center.
Local actors star in Horror Theater: “Asylum,” Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, and 31 inside the mansion. The 14-person tours begin to fill at 6 p.m. with up to 20 tours nightly. Tickets are $18 and available on event night only, first come, first served.
A midnight visit to “Asylum” is available Oct. 20 and 27, with bonus scenes. Six shows begin at 11:30 p.m., and are limited to 12 guests per tour. Reservations are $25 per person; visit www.mossmansion.com or call 406-256-5100.
Local actors and scarers also populate Haunted Maze: “Labyrinth,” open at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 19-27, and Halloween night (weather permitting). Tickets are $10 and available on event night only.
For a terrifying combo, see both the “Asylum” and the “Labyrinth” on the same night for $25.