Creaking halls, strange whisperings in the wind, unexplained knocks on the door - could it be ... ghosts? It's certainly the time of year for them. With Halloween just a few days away, our minds are preoccupied with candy, costumes and things that go bump in the night, the latter of which Maryland - especially Westminster - has in good supply.
Legend has it that the restless spirits of children haunt the Crybaby Bridge sitting just outside the town, and visitors to the old Opera House on East Main Street, now a printing company, report sightings of an actor murdered there long ago. There's even a book devoted to the county's eerie events. "Ghosts and Legends of Carroll County, Maryland" details places supposedly frequented by phantoms, and is available at all county libraries for $5.