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Hallow’s Eve Bullshittery

By Jeremiah Pratt (EE ‘19)

Though sought, we did, to make it to year’s end,
When grades be set and minds are put at peace,
Today we find a solemn sweet release,
In this, our spooky sweet game of pretend.
For quizzes matter not with costumes donned,
And essays, labs, all trivially be,
When hid in masks and hats and such are we,
And from the world of mortals we abscond.
A human needs a respite here and there,
From things that only humans suffer by.
No monster knows such stress to make them cry,
Or woes to cause the falling out of hair!
As such we revel with horrific glee,
From biggest horror momentarily freed.

Yes! Naught but joy is found on Hallow’s eve!
And naught but friends and fun exist today!
We meet in streets and houses prepped to play,
‘Til drunken rapture do we all achieve.
So shed your fears, though fears do be the theme,
And stuff your tums with processed sugared things,
And wear your devil horns and angel wings,
And post some spooky scary skelly memes!
Leave Mintchev quizzes for another day,
Put down your paper, pencils, stencils too,
Make all the school a kooky costumed zoo,
A haunted hellish gleeful cheerful fray!
To make the most of this, we all should strive,
For only once a year we’re so alive.

<3 happy halloween all my lovelies

Museum Review: The Merchant’s House Museum

by Gabriela Godlewski (CE ’19)

Front entrance of the Merchant’s House Museum, open everyday in the afternoon except Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo from Panaromio.

Located on East Fourth Street between Bowery and Lafayette, The Merchant’s House Museum is a perfectly preserved home of the Tredwell family, a merchant family whose last heir died almost a century ago. After the death of Gertrude Tredwell, a distant cousin of the family bought the home, thereby saving it from foreclosure and turned the estate into a museum with all the family’s possessions remaining inside. While it is a fascinating place based solely on the fact that it looks exactly as it did a hundred years ago, it is even more intriguing and fitting for Halloween because it is known as “New York’s most haunted house.” Legend has it that though Gertrude Tredwell may have died, she never left her former home. Knowing this, a certain Halloween enthusiast and I bought ourselves tickets for the Spooky Candlelit Ghost Tour  (the Super Spooky Tour was unfortunately sold out) and decided to check the place out for ourselves.

Our Spooky Lit Ghost Tour began in the basement of the house where our group watched a documentary detailing the history of the house an introduction of the haunts in the house. The tour led us through the dark hallways, bedrooms, and parlors of the house, illuminated only by strategically placed candles and the tour guide’s flashlight.

To add to the spookiness, the house was “dressed for mourning,” as wakes and funerals of family members took place in the house. Every mirror was draped with black cloth and the parlor was prepared for a wake, coffin and all. Even in the darkness, it was clear that all the furniture in the room was very old-fashioned but carefully preserved and in great condition. Some rooms also had mannequins dressed in the gowns of the Tredwell family. In each room, the tour guide relayed stories told by past visitors and shared audio from paranormal investigations that occurred in the rooms. She also showed us photos that appeared to show ghostly figures in them and pointed out the exact spots where the photos were taken. Though I unfortunately saw no ghosts, I did feel some distinct pokes along my left arm throughout the tour. Maybe (hopefully) those pokes were from the Tredwells saying hello.

This museum is a gem of East Village, unfortunately known to a select few. Not only is it incredibly fascinating as a historically accurate window of life over a century ago, but it is also located only three blocks from the school! The yearly Spooky Ghost Tours are $25 each, but daytime tickets cost only eight dollars with student ID. Though I enjoyed exploring a real haunted house at night, I highly recommend visiting the museum in the daytime. Not only are the tickets cheaper, but in the daylight more of the exhibits are visible, which include letters and trinkets from the family. Also, during the day, visitors can choose to either go on an accompanied tour or a self-guided tour, and from what the tour guides told me, most of the ghost sightings happen, in fact, during daylight hours. Most importantly, each floor in the Merchant House is open during the daytime, whereas only the fourth floor servants’ quarters are open to owners of Super Spooky Ghost Tour tickets. Though the Merchant House Museum is unknown to many at Cooper, its doors are always open to anyone who wishes to go on an adventure into the past without going too far from home. ◊