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LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery Pop-Up

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LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery
Pop-up Display

The Library of Congress’s latest pop-up exhibit tells the intriguing tale of Halloween and Día de Muertos through a dazzling range of treasures from across the collections. At LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery, you'll learn about the ancient and mysterious traditions behind these autumn holidays through a rich selection of books and archival special collections. Experience the spooky and solemn celebrations through sound and video recordings, prints and photographs, film scores and sheet music, chapbooks, and movie memorabilia. Guests are invited to attend in costume.

LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery


See and hear storytellers spinning yarns about ghosts and witches, and learn about "Trick or Treat" and the art of disguise. Engage in reflection and remembrance at an altar for Día de Muertos, and listen to ghostly ballads from America’s oral tradition. Be engrossed by classic film clips from "The Bride of Frankenstein," "Nosferatu," and "Carnival of Souls," and thrilled by old-time radio programs of mystery and horror. Confront and battle the Devil alongside the Brazilian outlaw Lampião, and sit in on spooky séances with the great Harry Houdini. Be inspired by the iconic artwork of Edward Gorey and the timeless poetry of Robert Burns. Enjoy collections and activities for kids, or snap supernatural selfies for social media! The folk customs, fine art, pop culture, and literature of Halloween and Día de Muertos are on display at LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery…only at your Library, the Library of Congress.

Group Tours

School and tour groups are encouraged to make advance arrangements for visiting LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery. Contact grouptours@loc.gov for more information.

Learn more about Halloween traditions in the Library's Collections.

Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.

"LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery" is made possible by gifts to the Library of Congress Fund.

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LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery Special Events:

Creating Modern Ghost Stories: The Blair Witch Project (October 27, 7pm)

Films: Hammer Horror Double Feature (October 27, 7:30pm-Packard Campus)

Film: Hocus Pocus (October 28, 4pm)


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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This event is open to all ages.

What can I bring into the event?

Guests are invited to attend in costume, however no masks or weaponery are permitted.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Printed tickets are not required. Guests who register via Eventbrite will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis, along with all walk-up guests.

Cosplay and Costume Weapons Guidelines

Individuals wearing costumes while visiting the Library of Congress must comply with the following guidelines of the U.S. Capitol Police:

  • Weapons and replicas of weapons are generally prohibited on Capitol Grounds and participants should not attempt to enter any building on Capitol Grounds other than the specific event locations while in possession of a fake or "Costume Weapon."
  • Costume Weapons will be inspected by members of the U.S. Capitol Police prior to entry into any of the event locations.
  • For operational and security reasons, guests may not enter any of the event locations or pass through screening while wearing masks or with their faces covered in any way that would obscure identification.
  • The wearing of masks on Capitol Grounds is permitted at the discretion of the United States Capitol Police and, if directed, participants must immediately remove costume masks.
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