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Do the Halloween pumpkin patches and candy sales have you in the mood for ghost-hunting
in a cemetery? You’re in luck: ‘Tis the season for old cemetery tours.
These events offer the chance to take in interesting local history, nice scenery and
slight spookery. You can find tours by day or night, for free or a fee (they often
serve as fundraisers for historical societies).
A Google search or visiting the website of a local historic cemetery or historical
society will help you find tours near you. Here are some tours around the country
that my searches turned up:
In Mississippi, there’ll be free tours at the Old Biloxi Cemetery (Oct.
25), Krebs Cemetery in Pascagoula (Oct. 27) and Cedar Rest Cemetery in Bay
St. Louis (Halloween night). Read
more in the SunHerald.com online news article.
Watch out for headless horsemen during Sleepy
Hollow Cemetery daytime and nighttime tours in Sleepy Hollow, NY, taking
place weekends in October. Fees vary; reservations are required.
Oct. 29, the Historical Society of Long Beach (Calif.) holds a nonscary tour
of Long Beach Municipal Cemetery and Sunnyside Cemetery, featuring actors in period
garb delivering graveside presentations (based on sources such as obituaries, newspaper
articles and oral histories) about the person who lies at rest. General admission
costs $18, with specials for society members and students younger than age 18.
Riverside Cemetery (which has an online burial database), established in 1887 in Macon,
Ga., holds its Spirits
in October series Oct. 20-22 and 27-29, with cemetery tours and more. Advance
tickets are required; admission costs $10 to $20.
Capturing the Spirit
of Oakland at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta features nighttime tours with
historical accounts from cemetery “residents” and candlelit mausoleums. Tickets must
be purchased in advance; admission ranges from $10 to $17.50.
Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo., has a free Halloween
Tour Oct. 30.
Historic All Hallows Eve cemetery tours with
costumed interpreters are happening on Halloween evening at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg,
Va. Adults: $7; children 12 and younger, $5.