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Annual Historic Ghostwalk set for Oct. 18 in Summerside, P.E.I.

Spirits will visit the living on Oct. 18 during the annual Summerside Historic Ghostwalk.
Spirits will visit the living on Oct. 18 during the annual Summerside Historic Ghostwalk. - Contributed

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Spirits and our friends from the other side will make an appearance on Oct. 18 in the 18th annual Historic Ghostwalk in Summerside.

Spirits will visit the living on Oct. 18 during the annual Summerside Historic Ghostwalk.
Spirits will visit the living on Oct. 18 during the annual Summerside Historic Ghostwalk.

Since the number eight is considered a symbol of harmony and balance, Culture Summerside staff are expecting a pleasant evening with the specters who venture to be part of the annual event.

“Ghostwalk has become a much-anticipated fall program in the community that would not be possible without our many volunteers. I can’t thank them enough for getting in the ‘spirit’ of giving back to cultural programming that helps build community,” said Lori Ellis of Culture Summerside.

The Historic Ghostwalk is about bringing the stories of Halloween and the darker side of Island history to life. The Island stories are sought out through the research resources of the MacNaught History Centre and Archives and the facts written into short vignettes. The only story not new, is the history of Halloween.

On the night of Ghostwalk, volunteer actors become those characters of long ago that pass over from the other side to once again have their stories heard by an appreciative audience. They appear in the historic district of Summerside where their drama unfolded, or close by if the actual location is out of the way for the guided tour.

Volunteer guides take tours out every ten minutes to meet the spirits beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Oct., through to 8 p.m. (another eight). Participants must pre-book their $8 tickets (another eight) to arrange a tour time. The tour, which leaves from the MacNaught History Centre and Archives, 75 Spring Street, takes approximately an hour and finishes back at the centre with a serving of hot apple grog. An added bonus this year for returning tours will be musical entertainment complements of Centre Belle Alliance’s Pumpkin Festival featuring Albert Arsenault.

Ghostwalk goes regardless of weather, so participants are asked to dress for the elements. Stories are written with all ages in mind.

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