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Spooky party brings in cash for headstones

Monday - 10/28/2013, 8:09am  ET

On Saturday night Congressional Cemetery held its Fourth Annual Halloween Soirée to raise money for new headstones. (WTOP/Bob Madigan)
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WASHINGTON - This may be the perfect spot for a Halloween Party - a cemetery.

But this isn't just any cemetery.

It's the historic 206-year-old Congressional Cemetery. There are 65,000 residents living here, so to speak.

On Saturday night it was the scene for Ghosts and Goblets, Congressional Cemetery's Fourth Annual Halloween Soirée - and it was one like no other.

Attendees enjoyed Halloween cocktails in the Public Vault, the 1835 structure originally built to temporarily hold the remains of deceased Congressmen. It was the perfect chance to commune with real has-beens.

There were tours through the dark headstones where party goers met the ghosts of some of the cemetery's most well-known residents such as John Philip Souza, Mary Ann Hall (D.C.'s most famous madame of the mid 1800s), Civil War photographer Mathew Brady and Dolley Madison, among others.

Undoubtedly this is one of the creepiest Halloween atmospheres in town.

The event was held to raise money to restore headstones, according to the president of The Association For The Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery, Paul K. Williams.

By the way, the cemetery is still an active burial site, and an increase of plot sales have been reported in recent months.

"You don't have to be famous or infamous to be buried here, you only have to be dead," said Williams.

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