The Detroit History Club

The Detroit History Club is a place for lectures, events, and presentations celebrating over 300 years of stories in the great city of Detroit. As a members-only club we exist in the brightest of shadowy places - easy to join but bursting with membership pride.

Houdini’s All Hallows Eve Ball


Houdini’s All Hallows Eve Ball


October 31st, 2019

7 pm to 11:00 pm

The Detroit Club - 712 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

In 1926 the population of Detroit grew to over one and a half million people, Volstead Act Prohibition was the law of the land, and world famous magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween day in Detroit. Newspapers worldwide proclaimed “Magic has died in the Motor City!” Ever since his untimely death those near to him and strangers alike have traveled to Detroit on Halloween night to host seances in the hopes of connecting to his departed spirit. This Halloween we turn back the hands of time and together reach beyond the veil with a gala event: Houdini’s All Hallows Eve Ball.

Join the Detroit History Club at the historic 1883 Detroit Club, as we slip back though time to the roaring twenties. within a building that’s hosted Kings of England, Kings of the American circus, and Kings of Detroit industry, you know the hauntings will be as deep as the history. Guests will marvel as escape artists defy death, contorting free of all restraints. Magicians will roam among you, as they perform tricks to excite and amaze. You’ll see world class acrobats bend, twist, and dance though rooms as snake charmers and fire breathers mingle with guests throughout the 22,000 sq foot 1891 club house. All to the sounds of a sensational 1920’s jazz band cooing from the Presidential Ballrooms dance floor. Explore what you believe by joining a seance, and try to connect to the ghosts of the buildings storied past or sit down to one of our eight fortune tellers and see what your personal future holds.

Costumes are required of all guests attending. This evening is designed to be a fully immersive experience, a ghost of a legendary night, the reincarnation of an era when tycoons of industry and giants of vaudeville mixed. Rich in fantasy, history, and Detroit. Guests are required to dress for the occasion in full 1926 glamour. Tuxedo or dark suit for gents and evening or flapper dress for the ladies. Perhaps slip a carnation in his lapel or a feather in her hair. Wear your longest strand of pearls and draw on nylon seams with a charcoal eyeliner all the way up her calves. Let the thrift store, vintage shops, and grandparent’s closet raiding begin!

Fair foods of the 1920’s will abound; help yourself to cotton candy, German sausages, or a hot potato mash, as you watch the snake charmer whisper to her serpent. Grab a handful of popcorn before the magicians show, or sneak off to the hidden bars for an illegal prohibition punch. Your ticket includes all of your entertainment, food, a welcome cocktail, and prizes. All offered activities are inclusive within the ticket price. No booking fees or taxes apply.

All guests must be 21 and older.  The Detroit History Club reserves the right to check IDs .

A cash bar will be available for guests wishing to partake of prohibition era cocktails, beer, and wine. The bar is happy to accept cash or credit.

Parking is available on the street, or in three municipal lots near the club.

Guests do not need to be members of The Detroit Club to participate, however because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join The Detroit History Club before being able to buy tickets to events. At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Purchase a membership by clicking HERE if you’re not already a member. Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year. Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own. Membership cards will be mailed USPS within two weeks of joining, and do not need to be presented at events.

Detroit History Club events are for persons twenty-one years old and up. We drink, we swear, we talk about things, and we’d love for you to join us. Whether you come as a couple, a group, or a singleton, our events are designed to encourage you to make new friends, explore ideas, and learn- all while eating, drinking, dancing, and generally behaving in a way that makes us proud to call ourselves Detroiters.

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