Charlie the Butler Ghost Party makes for the perfect Halloween gathering

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On Oct. 25, the Cranston Historical Society will host its annual Charlie the Butler Ghost Party beginning at 7 p.m. at the Governor Sprague Mansion, located at 1353 Cranston St. in Cranston.

When the Cranston Historical Society purchased the Sprague Mansion in 1966, its members thought they were saving the 28-room house from being razed to make way for a complex to house senior citizens. As it turns out, they may have acquired something more as well.

The history behind Charlie at the Sprague Mansion goes back to the 1880s. He was a butler at the mansion and wanted the eldest of his two daughters to marry the son of the owner of the mansion at that time. Distraught that this union never came to pass, he is thought to still roam the mansion. In the years since the society purchased the mansion, many visitors have reported seeing apparitions or experiencing other unexplained phenomena.

Tickets for The Charlie the Butler Ghost Party cos $15 per person, and seating is limited. To make a reservation or for more information, call 944-9226.

The event is age appropriate for those 14 years of age and older. Send checks by Oct. 21 to Cranston Historical Society, 1351 Cranston St., Cranston, RI 02920. After Oct. 21, call to see if tickets are still available.

Costumes are optional, although masks will not be permitted.

The evening will include a presentation by Jared DuBois, known as Jared the Magician & Mentalist, a well-known magical entertainer and mentalist. He has honed his skills performing mind-reading curiosities that will entertain and mesmerize.

For a separate fee, visitors can receive tarot and psychic readings from Debb Brown and Betty Milazzo. Additionally, Adam Florio will decorate the mansion, bringing along his ghoulish pals and sharing his love of Halloween.

Light refreshments featuring food from Texas Road House will be available. 

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