3rd Annual Haunted House
During the month of October you can get into the Halloween spirit and be “scared to death” at this family-friendly haunted house. Explore different scenes designed to give goose bumps to young and old alike while taking a light-hearted view of a usually very serious subject. The house is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up. Children under 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Bring the whole family and make a day of it!
Dracula Cemetery Exhibition
Did you know that Dracula really existed? During October you can learn about Vlad “The Impaler” Tepes who was the basis of the story Dracula. His fame and notoriety came from his insatiable cruelty and his penchant for consuming parts of his victims, namely, drinking their blood. View the original Dracula book on display and learn about phrases and terms used today that were coined in the 15th and 16th centuries, like “graveyard shift,” “dead ringer” and “saved by the bell.” Plus, visitors can don a cape and fangs and have their photo taken in a coffin!
7th Annual Halloween Car Show
Enjoy the fall festival atmosphere with face painting and arts and crafts for the kids, great food including BBQ and cupcakes from local vendors, a live DJ, silent auction and more. And – for those who want to enter their car in the show, pre-registration is recommended. Remember – anyone can enter! Consider “dressing up” your car for Halloween and entering it into the contest for the best decorated car.
Blast from the Past Street Machines of Texas will be judging the car show from 10 am to 2 pm in a variety of categories and issuing a plethora of awards at 3pm.
Proceeds go to Star of Hope, DePelchin Children’s Center, The Shriner’s Burn Hospital, Houston Food Bank and The USO. Free parking is available throughout the area.
Food = Life: Holiday Can Food Drive
Since millions of people die each year of hunger, the National Museum of Funeral History is partnering with Houston Community Newspapers to take a stand and join the fight against hunger. In the spirit of the holidays, give back to the community and give life to those in need by bringing a can food item(s) to the museum. During November and December, visitors to the National Museum of Funeral History will receive $2 off admission with a non-perishable can good donation, benefiting the Houston Food Bank.
Remembering Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – Leave Us Your Lincolns!
On November 19, 1863, during the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a two minute speech that became one of the most quoted speeches in American history. The Lincoln section of the museum’s Presidential Funeral’s exhibit will highlight the Gettysburg Address and its significance in redefining the Civil War during the full month of November.
The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, making the town a burial ground for more than 7,500 soldiers. Visitors to the Presidential Funeral’s exhibit will learn how Lincoln’s address not only moved the 15,000 citizens and surviving family members who attended the dedication of the 17 acre cemetery, but scores of people across the globe, as the speech re-addressed the war effort, American independence and freedom in general, and ultimately went on to shape one of the most powerful economies of the world.
“Remembering Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address” is part of the museum’s “Leave us your Lincoln” campaign, which encourages visitors to leave their “Lincoln cash” – five dollar bills and pennies – at the museum near the Lincoln section of the Presidential Funerals exhibition. Additionally, the museum is relying on visitors to help fill the Lincoln Penny Folder, which features pennies that have been minted throughout the years. Funds raised through these initiatives will support the museum’s efforts to bring Lincoln funeral artifacts to Houston in the future.
Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Visit the National Museum of Funeral History on November 1 and 2 to learn more about the Latin customs surrounding the Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos celebrations held for deceased loved ones. Explore authentic altars made by local artists, commemorate your loved one by leaving them a message in the Book of the Dead and bring mementos of the dearly departed to help build the museum’s community altar (please note - contributed items should be picked up December 1 – 15; contributed items remaining after December 15 will be discarded).
On Saturday, November 1, the museum will host a story time for the kids from 3:30 - 4:30 pm with special costumed characters. On Sunday, November 2, a visit to the museum includes fun activities and sweet treats.
Veterans Day Celebration
Come honor our fallen heroes – brave veterans and military personnel. The National Museum of Funeral History will offer special Veterans Day Tours on Saturday, November 8 & 15 from 10 am – 2 pm, which include a tour of the museum, a Lunch & Learn pre-planning seminar and a tour of the Houston National Cemetery, the local veterans’ cemetery.
Attendees will meet at the museum on November 8 or 15 at 10 am and begin with a tour of the museum, where they’ll explore the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier exhibit, discover the traditions behind a military funeral and view a special photography exhibit from the Smithsonian that tells the story of the dedication of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C.
Following the museum tour, attendees will enjoy a complimentary lunch and special pre-planning seminar hosted by Service Corporation International. Then, members of the tour can hop on a bus and travel to the nearby Houston National Cemetery to witness the making of a military funeral and honors, complete with 21-gun salute and more.
The cost of the Veteran’s Day Tour is $20 per person and requires pre-registration and advance payment by calling the museum at 281-876-3063.
Veterans’ Appreciation Week
In remembrance of Veterans Day, the National Museum of Funeral History is saying “thank you” to veterans by offering free general admission to veterans and active military servicemen and women the week of November 10 – 16. The museum is a great place to pay respects to all who serve and have served by exploring the museum’s military related exhibitions, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial, learning about military funeral traditions and more.
Community Memorial Tree
With the help of the local community, the National Museum of Funeral History will decorate a special holiday tree to recognize and honor departed friends and family. During the month of December, visitors can decorate a paper holiday ornament at the museum and write the name of a deceased loved one. The ornaments will be displayed on the holiday tree in the museum’s rotating exhibit space. Families are also welcome to decorate and take home a special ornament for their own tree.