Do the Halloween pumpkin patches and candy sales have you in the mood for ghost-hunting in a cemetery? Youre 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, therell 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.