Gothic Tales and Tea Leaves: A Victorian Halloween Tea

Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:30 - 6:00 PM
Tyme for Tea & Co. Fremont, CA

Now it is the time of year
When the witches and the ghosts appear.
They come at night when there's no light.
Halloween is almost here!

Join us for a haunted afternoon! Don your 19th century Halloween costume and assemble with kindred spirits. We will play parlor games, enjoy the finest afternoon tea, try to divine our futures, and gather close to hear master storyteller Nathalie Starr spin Gothic tales of otherworldly suspense. Ms. Starr has been spinning tales and entertaining listeners both young and old for close to a decade. You may have had an opportunity to be enthralled with her stories at Northern California Renaissance Faire, Dickens Fair, or at a variety of smaller fairs throughout California. Don't miss this opportunity for a private performance!


Fancy dress, 1840-1900. Fancy dress is the Victorian version of Halloween costumes... built over a Victorian silhouette! These ensembles ran the gamut from amazing couture confections for society's elite, to DIY costumes, depicted in magazines for everyone to copy. Want to be Marie Antoinette? Great, just build it over Victorian underpinnings and accessorize with 19th century flair! What about a butterfly, or a bat? Absolutely. Want to take it farther and dress like the telegraph machine or a wastepaper basket? There's a precedent for that. You have no bounds but your creativity!

Inspiration Links:
- There are many wonderful Pinterest boards on Fancy Dress. This is one of the most comprehensive.
- A fun article on Alva Vanderbilt's 1883 costume ball. The period newspaper description is here:
-, Fabulous patterns for ladies' late-Victorian wear.
- carries Victorian wear for ladies and gentlemen.
- for those all-important high-button boots.


Our party starts promptly at 2:30. We'll enjoy party games and then sit down for tea at 3 PM. After we eat, we'll gather close together to hear Victorian ghost stories from a master storyteller.


Homemade scone, fresh cream, lemon curd, and preserves. Tea Sandwiches:
- Cucumber radish with dill;
- Chicken pecan on whole wheat;
- Spinach pinwheel;
- Artichoke crostini; and
- Mushroom turnover.

- Brown sugar shortbread;
- White chocolate peanut butter turtle; and
- Petit four.

Tyme for Tea Black Tea Blend (decaf and coffee available upon request). A glass of sparking wine or sparkling apple cider.


Tyme for Tea & Co.
37501 Niles Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94536


There is ample street parking and many free lots within a few blocks of the tea shop. A map is here:

For public transportation, you can BART to the Warm Springs/South Fremont station, and then catch the 216 bus towards Union City BART. Exit at Niles Blvd/H St.


You might want comfortable shoes if you plan to visit Niles’ many antique shops. October weather can vary from warm to rainy, so make appropriate outerwear choices. We’re sorry, but the venue does not allow menu substitutions. You are welcome to purchase additional menu items on your own.


Children old enough to enjoy the event are quite welcome.


$53.00 members and children under 12
$63.00 nonmembers

Deadline to Purchase: October 18th, 2017

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