Ghost hunters come out for Halloween

Victoria historian John Adams hosts tours this month

Cemeteries are to Halloween what souls are to people who believe in an afterlife.

And that’s why the Old Cemeteries Society Of Victoria’s special Ghost Bus-tours slated for the nights leading up to Halloween Night are such a big hit.

Put on and narrated by historian and ghost expert John Adams, on behalf of the society, the two-hour tours have never in their 18-year history failed to be among the most popular Halloween activities in Victoria.

Each year offers a different ghostly route exploring the cities well- and lesser-known ghost haunts, Adams said.

Done in the comfort of a coach, the tours include two stops that give participants a chance to try some on-the-spot ghost hunting for themselves, said Adams.

The Ghost Bus-tours are the Old Cemeteries Society’s biggest fund raiser with the money used to help with its restoration and education programs at Ross Bay Cemetery.

Scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30, with an extra tour at 9 p.m. Oct 28 and 29, the often quickly sold out tickets cost $32 in advance and can only be booked through Tourism Victoria at 250 953 2033 or www.tourismvictoria.com/ghosts.