Take a Walk on the Scary Side

Donna Jones

Listen to haunting and creepy ghost stories of Statesboro’s past while walking through downtown in the annual Ghost Tour by Lantern Light.

The spooky walk along event will be taking place Tuesday, Oct. 28 and Wednesday, Oct. 29fe in downtown Statesboro. The ghost tour is a fun and exciting way to get a scare in and learn some interesting history about downtown.

“It’s a lot of fun. Not heart-stopping scary, it’s more about learning the history of downtown Statesboro,” Eileen Baynes, head of the Ghost Tours, said.

The hour long tour starts at Statesboro Convention and Visitors Center parking lot and makes several stops along the way, ending at an abandoned hospital. Baynes said that ghosts greet the guests at every building and tell eerie and haunting stories about the building’s past. At the end of the tour, a shuttle takes the guests back to the parking lot to get their cars.

The walk-through tour includes stops at the Beaver House, the Holland House, the Chamber of Commerce, the Statesboro Inn, as well as a couple of new additions including what used to be a hospital. Baynes said that the Court House had a lot of especially interesting and creepy events from the past.

Volunteers help to make the event possible.

“There’s an Honor Group from the university that’s going to be helping us put on the event,” Baynes said.

The tour is made for all ages, young and old.

“The tour is geared for any audience. We very much try to accommodate all children. It really is for all ages,” said Baynes. There is a toned down version of some of the more gruesome stories for groups with small children.

Grab a group of friends, put on your big kid pants, and head down to buy your tickets today! Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased at www.averittcenterforthearts.org/vrthearts.org. For any additional questions, contact the Averitt Center for the Arts at (912) 212-2787.