Beware: Season's ghost tours arrive

Family: events, activities

October 07, 2004|By Meredith Lidard | Meredith Lidard,SUN STAFF

Do you believe in ghosts? These supernatural spirits are celebrated at an array of area ghost tours throughout the autumn season. LIVE! takes a look at some of the spooky tours in Baltimore, surrounding counties and neighboring states.

Local tours

* Fells Point, home to the maritime industry, has seen its streets crowded with sundry individuals from various countries. Some believe the spirits of some of these residents still lurk in the shadows. Join the Fells Point Ghostwalk after sunset, when you'll be taken on a walking tour of the pubs, shops and residences that are haunted by past vagrants.

Tours depart from Max's Sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, and are held every Friday and Saturday evening in October, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting for about an hour. Advance purchase is required. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased at or by calling 877-225-8466 and pressing "0."

* Visit Maryland's reportedly most haunted city, Frederick, to watch paranormal history come alive. Frederick is host to former inhabitants who have witnessed (or been a victim of) horrific deaths and massacres. A candlelight tour will take visitors through dark streets and alleyways where paranormal activity is reported to thrive, while costumed guides regale guests with researched and documented ghost stories.

Candlelight Ghost Tours depart Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., through Nov. 6. Tours last 90 minutes. Fee for adults is $8; children 6 to 12 are $4. For more information, call 301-845-7001 or visit

* Join the ghosts of Historic Savage Mill on a tour of a 19th-century cotton mill. Tour guides will lead you through dark halls and shadowy stairways as you learn the history of the mill and the surrounding areas. You'll hear recent eyewitness accounts of supernatural activity as recorded by University of Maryland, Baltimore County Professor Mark Croatti.

Tours take place every Friday and Saturday night in October, beginning at 8 p.m. and depart from the food court in Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for children and senior citizens. Reservations are suggested. Not recommended for children under 6. For more information, call 800-288-8747 or visit

* Carroll County public libraries add a spooky twist to their studious surroundings as they play host to a Ghost Walk at the Westminster branch. View a slide show and learn about local ghost legends and sightings at the library. Then, head out for an evening stroll of Westminster to visit the residences of ghosts and legends.

Recommended for adults and children ages 10 and older. The tours take place Oct. 25, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at 6:45 p.m. Registration begins Oct. 11. For more information or to register, call 410-386-4488 or visit

* Take a candlelight tour of Annapolis with a "colonist" as your guide. Make a reservation to explore historic Annapolis with your group, where you'll visit the Maryland State House and learn of the unfortunate demise of one of its builders. Be aware of lurking patriot spirits as you stroll along the cobblestone streets and into an ancient cemetery.

Tours are available Oct. 29 through Oct. 31. Reservations are required, and times will be set at time of reservation. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students. For more information, call Three Centuries Tours of Annapolis at 410-263-5401 or visit

Regional tours

* Gettysburg, home to one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, might also be home to the spirits of those who met their demise on that battlefield. The Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg Candlelight Ghost Tour features guides dressed in period clothing, who research the stories being told. Each guide has different stories and different story routes. As the guide leads visitors down the streets that Civil War soldiers traveled, they'll be able to hear "firsthand" experiences that visitors have had while on the tour.

Tours depart nightly at 8:30 p.m., and also at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in front of the Great T-Shirt Co., 65 Steinwehr Ave., in Gettysburg, Pa. An additional 9 p.m. tour leaves from the Plaza Restaurant in Lincoln Square on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $6 per person, but children 7 and under get in free. Arrive 20 minutes early. For more information, call 717-337-9322 or visit www.

* Supernatural affairs occur every night in Lancaster County, Pa., from laughter in the Gonder Mansion to paranormal attendants at the John Funk house. Take a guided candlelight tour of Strasburg, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. You'll stroll through the town some call "Hell's Hole" and hear stories of haunted mansions, eerie cemeteries and lost souls.

Tours take place every evening in October and begin at 7:30 p.m., with 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. tours added as each time slot fills up. Tours leave from Mrs. Penn's Shoppe, 2 W. Main St., in Strasburg, Pa. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 5 to 12. For more information, call 717-687-6687 or visit

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