Haunting History 2017

Many thanks to everyone who attended Haunting History 2017! You helped make the Halloween season memorable and magical! Stay spooky!

Haunt the corridors of the historic Dawes House with magician David Parr!

What do you get when you combine a turn-of-the-century mansion with the impish imagination of magician David Parr? You get Haunting History, a Halloween treat for grown-ups!

Explore the corridors of the historic Dawes House, completed in 1895, and step into a shadowland where fact and folklore intermingle in surprising ways. With David Parr as your host, each room offers an encounter with the strange and supernatural…


You might begin to doubt the evidence of your senses: objects move of their own accord, hidden thoughts are revealed, cryptic messages are written by invisible hands. Is some mysterious force at work in the Dawes House? The answer is yes. His name is David Parr.

You’ll find that Mr. Parr is well qualified to host a celebration of the magical and mysterious. He was recently featured on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where he utterly mystified the Las Vegas duo and won the coveted Fool Us trophy, along with a guest spot in their live show! David is also the costar of Chicago’s longest-running magic show, The Magic Cabaret, chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the best magic shows in the nation!

“History is much weirder than the version we learn in school,” explains Parr, the creator of Haunting History. “People in the past believed they were surrounded by the supernatural, especially around Halloween. Haunting History gives a sense of what it was like to live in that world.”

And what about that tag line, “a Halloween treat for grown-ups”?

“Halloween is my favorite holiday,” says Parr. “And in the past, it wasn’t so identified with children. The Halloween season was a time when social constraints were loosened, and grown-ups could have fun and indulge in make-believe.” Which is Mr. Parr’s way of saying that no one under the age of thirteen is admitted to Haunting History. “There are plenty of grown-ups who enjoy a good ghost story as much as I do. And I enjoy ghost stories very much!”

Tickets for Haunting History are in limited supply, so get yours before they are sold out. And get ready for a unique Halloween treat, equal parts history, mystery, and magic!

Haunting History: A Halloween Treat for Grown-ups

October 27, 28, 29

Shows at 7, 8 and 9pm

Evanston History Center: 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, Illinois

Tickets $25. No one under age 13 admitted.

Free parking is available on Greenwood Street. We recommend arriving 20 minutes before show time.