Culture Summerside/ Wyatt Heritage Properties will present its 17th annual Historic Ghostwalk on Thursday, October 19 on the streets of downtown Summerside. The Ghostwalk has become an annual tradition for many people who want to consume history in a fun entertaining way and celebrate Halloween with the raise-the hair-on your neck feel minus the screaming fright factor.
The Ghostwalk brings to life the history and stories of Halloween and the darker side of Island history through vignettes presented by volunteer actors. True stories of darker Island happenings are unearthed through research at the MacNaught History Centre and Archives and written into short scripts told by the spirit of the main character. The history of Halloween is presented in the same manner. Staff pride themselves on creating new stories each year which involves a good deal of digging and dedication to stick with the task. As 2017 is the 150 anniversary of Confederation the Island stories will be drawn from 1867, when the British colony turned its back on Canada.
The vignettes, when possible, are presented at the location of their happening, but to keep the route manageable for most walkers liberty is taken with locations. Participants must book a tour time in advance. Tours, which are guided, begin at 6:30 pm from the MacNaught History Centre and Archives and go every ten minutes through to 8 pm. People are asked to dress for the weather because for seventeen years the actors have braved all forms of weather to present the show.
The Historic Ghostwalk is a wonderful outing for all ages and is a true expression of community spirit. Tickets can be purchased by calling the MacNaught History Centre and Archives at 902-432-1332 or by dropping by at 75 Spring Street. The Archives is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Tours fill up quickly so it is recommended not to delay in booking.