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Ghosts, Guests Liven Up DC Cemetery For Halloween Bash

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Heather Mongilio, USA TODAY

Ghosts of congressmen, composers and murder victims will rise again to tell their tales to guests brave enough to visit their graves at the Congressional Cemetery at the Historical Congressional Cemetery's Ghosts and Goblets.

The Historical Congressional Cemetery will host its annual Halloween party tonight from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Congressional Cemetery located on E Street Southeast in Washington, D.C.

"And then why not have a Halloween party in the cemetery?" Program Director Lauren Maloy said. "So it's incredibly appropriate [The Historical Congressional Cemetery] think[s]."

At the events, partygoers can take guided tours that will include "visits" from notable and less-known residents of the cemetery, portrayed by actors, who will give guests information about residents' lives, Maloy said.

Two of the notable residents telling their tales will be composer John Philip Sousa and Mary Ann Hall, who owned a brothel during the Civil War era where the National Museum of the American Indian now stands, Maloy said.

"She's just an intriguing character for us, so I'm glad she'll be able to make it," she said.

Hall's grave is marked by a marble tombstone, which features a woman crying over an urn. She is buried near her mother and sister, according to the Smithsonian Institute.

The tour will also include horror stories, including that of a woman who was murdered by her lover on a park bench, Maloy said.

"My favorite part of the event [is] probably the tours just because it's fun to see people dress up and kinda bring these people to life," she said. "I walk around these gravestones all day and it's fun to see people's interpretations of them."

The Cemetery does not have any ghosts haunting it, with the belief that ghosts do not haunt their graves, she said.

"That makes me feel a little better about being here at night," Maloy said.

But the cemetery does have some scary stories, she said.

The Congressional Cemetery is 260 years old and holds the burial sites of 65,000 people, including congressmen, war heroes and J. Edgar Hoover. The first tombstones dates back to 1804, according to an article from the Evening Star dated June 4, 1857 on the cemetery's website.

Tickets for the event cost $60 for general admission, which includes a drink ticket for four drinks, and $80 for the VIP ticket, which adds premium cocktails in the Public Vault and a year-long membership to the Historical Congressional Cemetery.

Tickets are also being sold through a Living Social deal, which includes a general admission ticket for $29.

The cemetery also holds monuments, including those to Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams, according to a June 15, 1854 Evening Star article on the website.

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