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July 12, 2018

The Ghostly Circus will return to Laurel Hill Cemetery for a fifth year

Watch fire dancers and aerial performers amid the tombs

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Roo Marie, Amanda Mandalay, and Tippy breathe fire during their performance in the Ghostly Circus: Heaven's Theatre.

For the fifth year, The Ghostly Circus will take over Laurel Hill Cemetery. Amid the tombs, fire dancers and aerial performers from 7textures will put on an other-worldly show.

The unique production will have elements of "The Inferno" from Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, "Divine Comedy."


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After, there will be a "Dance With the Dead" party.

The Ghostly Circus will take place Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets are $30 online and $40 day-of. Children under 12 can attend for $15.

Remember to bring a blanket or beach chair, plus cash for the onsite food vendors and the wine and beer bar.

On both dates, the show will start at 8 p.m., but Laurel Hill Cemetery suggests arriving at 7.

Not sure what to expect? Below are photos from past years.

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Multiple stages of the 'Ghostly Circus' were built into the landscape of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Friday, May 20, 2016, for the event which featured aerial performances, dance, and fire spinning.


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Allie Hart spins a fire hoop during one of her many performances Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.


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The audience of the Ghostly Circus sat amongst gravestones while they watched the performances at Laurel Hill Cemetery.


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Laura Rennegade hangs for an aerial cube during a duet performance with Erin Flannigan.


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Performers Rae Mae, (top), and Wei Wei, perform on the the aerial silks at the Ghostly Circus: Heaven's Theatre.



The Ghostly Circus 2018

Friday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, Aug. 11
8 p.m. | $15-$40 per person
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132