Historic Ghostwalk is an annual event of Culture Summerside/Wyatt Heritage Properties. The one night walk through the historic district brings to light the stories of Halloween, and the darker side of Summerside/ Island history. True stories, researched through the MacNaught History Centre and Archives, are written into vignettes, which are then brought to life by volunteer actors portraying the main character. New stories are presented each year, which keeps archival staff busy digging to unearth that darker side. 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.
On the night of the walk, guided tours leave the MacNaught History Centre and Archives, 75 Spring Street, every ten minutes starting at 6:30 pm through to 8 pm. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time to secure tour space. Please call MacNaught at 902-432-1332 for ticket purchases. Tickets are ten dollars, with children under six free. Due to the popularity of the program, tickets are not refunded, so remember before you buy that the walk goes under numerous weather conditions and participants are expected to dress accordingly. Only once in Ghostwalk history (2019) has the date changed due to a special weather statement.
Ghostwalk is an entertaining way to consume history and celebrate Halloween with that raise-the hair-on your neck feel minus the screaming fright factor.