Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Denver's Ghost Tours and Tales 2012

Is Denver haunted? Hard to say, but stories of ghostly apparitions and spectral sightings abound in the Mile High City. Even better, we celebrate our past (good and bad) in Denver, offering  plenty of historical Halloween fun throughout the Halloween season.

Capitol Hill Horror -- Meet on Sunday, October 21, at 1PM at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, 777 Pennsylvania St. for Halloween tales with  Colorado historian  Tom Noel and storytellers Edger Allen Poe (Dennis Gallagher), Mary Elitch (Debra Faulkner), Molly Brown (Charla Stilling), Mattie Silks (Patti Lundt), Mrs. Adolph Coors II (Kim Field), Mrs. Uerttea Croke (Amy Zimmer), Helen Bonfils (Susan Liehe), and other exhumed eccentrics. After these blood curdling horror stories, we dare you to join Dr. Colorado's walking tour into the autumnal gloom to hear tales of ghosts at the Governor's Mansion, the Croke-Patterson-Campbell Mansion, the Peabody Manse and other creepy places. Cost: $39 History Colorado members; $49 nonmembers. Information and reservations at History Colorado: 303-866-4686.

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Crawl -  Meet up Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 1-4PM at  the Chapel at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 12801 W. 44th Ave. Join historian Tom Noel and a host of ghosts as they guide you through Colorado’s second largest  Necropolis. You will meet underground celebrities exhumed for this creepy, once-in-a-lifetime occasion, such as Horace (Dennis Gallagher) and Baby Doe Tabor (Charla Fleming), Mrs. William Gilpin (Debra Faulkner), and J.K. Mullen (John Stewart) and get a peak at the most elaborate private mausoleum in the Rockies. Free grave to grave transit provided by the Model A Ford Club of Colorado. Cost: $26 History Colorado members; $31 nonmembers.
Information and reservations at History Colorado: 303-866-4686.

The Lumber Baron Inn -- The Altitude Paranormal Group  will be doing Lumber Baron events each Wednesday, including Halloween. Additional events are slated for the Monday and Tuesday prior to Halloween. On Friday Oct 26th APG will be holding an event co sponsored by Tivoli Beer at The Stage Stop in Rollinsville. APG says they've  investigated this bar/saloon built in 1868 several times and it is one of the most active they've experienced. Their website appears to be down, but for details you can contact them through their facebook page, by phone at (720) 237-1807 or via email altitudeparanormal@gmail.com.

Spirit Paranormal Investigations - Channel your inner Ghostbuster  at several sites throughout the Denver area, including the historic Denver Firefighters' Museum, and the Bennis Library in Littleton. They're also hosting several ghost hunting lectures at area libraries, including Cherry Creek (Oct. 11) and Englewood (Oct. 30). See their event calendar here, and contact them directly for more info, such as pricing.

Phil Goodstein -- If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know we enjoy the ghost tours of Denver author and historian Phil Goodstein. His affordable walking tours of Denver cemeteries and haunted sites can be viewed here.

Ghosts at the Gardens -- Today it’s Denver’s favorite urban oasis, but more than a hundred years ago, the land Denver Botanic Gardens sits on was the Mile High City’s first cemetery. Heck, they'res still digging up bodies at the Gardens. Learn more about the Gardens’ macabre history, and recount decades of the paranormal through eyewitness reports from past and present Gardens staff, in one of the city’s most haunted places. October 19, 20, 21, 26 and 28 tours include tour of gardens and the adjacent Waring House mansion, built in the early 1900s. Children 12 years old and older are welcomed (this tour is not recommended for children younger than 12). Tours will be held under any weather conditions, including rain or snow. Ticket sales are final, no refunds. $20 Adult Members, and children 12 years old and older. Non member fee is $25 Adults, and children 12 years old and older. Get your reservations now, this sells out quickly.

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