It’s that time of year again all around the world: Fall. Which means one thing to little kids in this day and age, Halloween. The time where kids deck out in adorable or creepily chilling costumes and go from house to house gathering free candy.
But what teens consider when it comes to fall is haunted houses, farms, roads and the like.
On the Island, we have many such attractions. I will detail just a few. Goblin Hollow is said to be haunted by the ghost of Ann Beaton. She emerges along Queens Road only a brief stretch from where she died at Orwell Corner.
King’s Playhouse is another. Also known as the Georgetown Community Theatre, it’s said to be haunted by Captain George. The staff reserve a front row seat for him at every performance. People have reported to have been grasped by a mysterious hand during performances and that lighting or technical issues will arise at unplanned times. This is all said to be caused by Captain George.
Holland Cove: is said to have become haunted 200 years ago when Samuel Holland came to the Island. It is rumoured that his wife actually fell through the ice of Holland Cove and still to this day you can hear her calling out her husband’s name. For many who have gone to Holland Cove, they have seen her ghost in a white robe roaming the area when the tide is high.
Then there’s the Ghost Ship of Northumberland Strait. It’s said that people have seen a massive ghostly schooner floating down the Northumberland Strait for the past 220 years! Apparently, the best time to see it is in-between September and November before a northeast wind.
Or take Lennox Island. Apparently, visitors to this North Shore island have vanished without a trace in the heavily forested area. Others have said they saw a dangerous ghost named “Bubble Face” that roams the shore and haunts the visitors.
Scotch Fort Cemetery: is said to be home of a blazing spirit which visitors have seen illuminating graves as multiple different forms. There is a legend that in 1773 that a Scottish man who didn’t believe in spirits was offered a pound of tobacco to walk across the cemetery and stick a hay fork in a grave to prove he had been there. When he didn’t return the next morning four men went to look for him and found him lying on a grave deceased with the hay fork driven in the grave and through the tail of the Scottish man's long; black coat.
West Point Lighthouse Inn is also said to be haunted. Tourists from all over the world come to see West Point’s famous black-and-white lighthouse. But what many people don’t know is that the original keeper of the lighthouse, William MacDonald, haunts the grounds, spooking visitors and roaming the halls. It is also said that fiery ships have been seen off the coast nearby.
Yeo House, also known as the Green Park Shipbuilding Museum in Port Hill, is apparently haunted by a 200-year-old resident, who watches over his former home and scares visitors. Some areas of extreme cold and random echoing voices have been reported by people passing through the house.
What these places have in common are that they are all somehow haunted by something or someone and that is what teens love about them. So these haunted places on the Island would be popular for teens, or adults for that matter, especially around Halloween time.
Ellie Parker is a Grade 11 Bluefield student who is completing a co-op placement at The Guardian.