Ghosts on the Banke — A Family-Friendly Halloween Event

  • Oct 22 - 23, 2021
  • Strawbery Banke Museum

    14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801

Ticket Price $0.00-$8.00 This event is now over

Ghosts on the Banke -- a family-friendly Halloween event
Friday, October 22, 2021; 5:30-8 PM - SOLD OUT (Waiting list not available)
Saturday, October 23, 2021; 5:30-8 PM - SOLD OUT (Waiting list not available)

An outdoor-only experience to be held in rain or moonlight.

Come and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke’s famous Halloween celebration. Long-dead sea captains, 17th-century shopkeepers, and wayward pirates haunt the streets of Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood as you trick or treat safely from house to historic house.

Member ticket sales begin on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 10 AM EDT. 

Public ticket sales begin on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 10 AM EDT.

This year's event is expected to sell out. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. 

  • Adults & Children over one-year-old*: $8
  • Children one-year-old or under: free

*Strawbery Banke Members receive 50% off the ticket price. Discounted tickets are based on membership level. Not a member? Join today!

Ghosts on the Banke features

  • Safely trick-or-treat. Jack-O-Lanterns light the way to step over the threshold of time and meet the "Ghosts on the Banke." Discover pirate treasure, visit with the wacky witch, look into the future with guidance from the gypsy fortune teller.
  • Catch a ghostly tale. Community members bring history back to life with spooky plays, skits, and interactive improvisation throughout the evening.
  • Light up the night and warm weary bones by the bonfire.
  • Pickwick's at the Banke museum store is decorated for Halloween, with all sorts of magic happening!



Strawbery Banke Museum continues to monitor circumstances surrounding the pandemic and the guidance of the CDC, state and local health officials. Please review the Museum's COVID-19 precautions before visiting. Precautions may change before the event and any changes will be communicated to ticket holders via email.

Note: All visitors, event volunteers, and employees regardless of vaccination status attending Ghosts on the Banke are required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose. If you don't have your own mask, Strawbery Banke Museum can supply one at no cost.


Cancellation Policy:

Due to the limited capacity of this event, there can be no refunds.  Additionally, Strawbery Banke is unable to accommodate requests for purchased tickets to be transferred to a different date. 

Date & Time

Oct 22 - 23, 2021

Venue Details

Strawbery Banke Museum

14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801

Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life. The Museum is a place for children, adults, multigenerational families, and groups to gather to explore eight heritage gardens, 32 historic buildings, and traditional crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, the stories told by costumed role-players and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery. The Museum's restored buildings and open space invite visitors to immerse themselves in the past, using objects from the museum's collection of 30,000 artifacts, and the histories of the families who lived and worked in the Puddle Dock neighborhood to engage, educate, and entertain.