Kathy Amos wants people to ask themselves this question: "What do an old mill, a pile of rocks and a pre-Columbian artifact have in common?"
And she, along with others from the Northeast Georgia History Center, will answer these haunting questions during this year’s annual Ghost Walk. Stops along the way include White Path Cabin at the history center, as well as Pearce Auditorium, the Simmons Gallery and the Adams House on Brenau University‘s campus.
"I think people are interested in two aspects of our particular Ghost Walk," said Amos, co-chairwoman of the Ghost Walk. "One is the history because each of these stories are based on historical figures or places, and the other is they like that spine-tingling chill.
"Since I’ve started this, I’ve told the Agnes story, which I truly love, but the story of the Adams House is heart-wrenching."
During the Ghost Walk, folks will have the chance to listen to ghost stories during a tour that covers five blocks near Brenau University. The tours are scheduled every 20 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended but not required.
"It’s beginning to fill up, not full by any means," said Amos, who began leading the walks five years ago. "You can choose from any slot starting at 6 p.m. I would recommend that there not be children under 8; this is approximately an hour and 45 minutes to two hour walk. There is not a lot of sitting ... this is Halloween for grown-ups."
The walk will be held rain or shine and Amos added that all the venues are indoors. And she said this year features a new ghost story, for those who might have gone on the walk before.
"But there are also some very significant twists to the stories," Amos said. "When I started this I was only interested from a storyteller perspective. But over the years I have started delving into the histories of these ghosts. To really find out who they were or try to find out the basis for these ghost stories ... the things we are finding out are amazing; we actually work on the research all year long for these stories."
For the younger crowd, there are some fun family Halloween activities like the Nightfall Halloween Festival Saturday at the Elachee Nature Science Center.
Families will have an evening adventure learning about nocturnal creatures from Elachee’s animal-costumed naturalists. Other activities will be a live animal program, crafts, face painting, storytelling, stargazing and treats.