Late October evenings bring spirited conversation to St. Joseph’s Mount Mora Cemetery, and if you’re brave enough, you can join in.
Each year Mount Mora hosts “Voices of the Past” interpretive tours where actors portray notable former residents and offer history lessons … from beyond the grave.
While year’s theme is Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief, Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, Chief, the identities of the dearly departed who’ll appear is a well-kept secret.
All will be revealed while you stroll the cemetery’s torch-lit Mausoleum Row on Thursday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 20. Reserve a slot at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Thursday, or at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. on Friday.
The event begins at Wyeth-Tootle Mansion (1100 Charles St.) and includes a short shuttle ride up to Mount Mora. Advanced reservations are required; tickets are $22 per person and attendees must be age 14 or older.
Contact the St. Joseph Museums at 816-232-8471 for more details.
The final resting place of Civil War soldiers, Missouri governors and Pony Express riders, Mount Mora was established in St. Joseph in 1851 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
If you’re traveling to St. Joseph with younger children or the thought of walking through a cemetery at night gives you the willies, check out the city’s annual Pony Express Pumpkinfest celebration, Oct. 13-15 (Friday-Sunday).
The family-friendly event in front of the Pony Express National Museum (914 Penn St.) and the adjacent Patee Park spans three days and includes live music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, activities for kids, games, crafts and plenty of food and drink options. There’s also a costume parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
One of the highlights of the event is the lighting of “Pumpkin Mountain,” which boasts some 800 hand-carved and electrically-lit pumpkins. Don’t miss the flip the switch at 8 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday.
Pumpkinfest is 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, contact Pony Express National Museum at 816-279-5059.
St. Joseph’s Pikes Peak Stables were the starting point for the Pony Express Mail Service, which operated from April 1860-October 1861.