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Take a Peek at the Haunting Sounds and Sights of an After-Dark Cemetery Party

A glimpse at Atlas Obscura’s annual soiree at Green-Wood cemetery.

For the past four years, Atlas Obscura and Green-Wood Cemetery have teamed up each fall to present Into the Veil, a nighttime soiree in which 1,500 guests are invited to explore the Victorian-era garden cemetery’s expansive grounds and ornate mausoleums by the light of the moon. 

Attendees are given maps upon arrival and encouraged to venture into the night, choosing their own paths through the grounds to discover a series of atmospheric performances and installations. One of this year’s high points was a surprise set by the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra within the cemetery catacombs—the intergalactic-inspired set saw the audience joyously agreeing that “space is the place.” Addison Post and P. Nick Curran of Loroto Productions captured the ambiance beautifully in the above video.

If you missed out this year, stay informed about future Atlas Obscura events by joining our New York and Philadelphia mailing lists. Next fall’s Into the Veil event will be taking place at both Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn and at Philadelphia’s historic Laurel Hill.