Maritime museum offers up a scare

Fright-Fest haunts halls of museum in lead up to Halloween

Ghost tours, a ghost hunt and a maniacal musical set sail on a haunted Halloween at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia.

The museum, kicks off Fright-Fest with Ghost Tours, an annual Halloween favourite taking audiences through an hour-long tour sharing tales of the ghostly sights and sounds including stories of the infamous Hanging Judge, who is said to keep a silent vigil at the museum.

“It is a good way to get scared and it is fun hour to spend. You can hear the creepy stories of what happened here because it has such a colourful past,” said museum marketing and communications manager Maryanne Dieno.

“Apparently they are a few bodies left under the ground here.”

Tickets are $13. Shows start at 6 p.m. Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 27-30.

Music will also be in the air with Nevermore, a musical based on the life of poet Edgar Allan Poe that brings the original Supreme Court of British Columbia (now in the museum) back to life, or death, with the unique true-life tale.

“It creates quite a creepy atmosphere. The premise is dark and it is really a unique way to watch a production,” said Dieno about the show, adding  audiences sit in the pews of the former courtroom. “You are engaged with it – you are not set back from it.”

Nevermore plays 8 p.m. Oct. 27 – 29 and Nov. 3-5 with a special midnight performance Oct. 29. Tickets are $20 in advance or $15 at the door.

If hearing about ghosts is not enough, how about seeking them out? Ghost Hunts returns with clairvoyant medium Dawn Kirkham who brings years of experience, along with a electromagnetic field detector and a ghost radio to help facilitate the ghostly investigation.

“Skeptics or believers can come and see what could happen here and what shows itself,” Dieno said. “When you go to places for ghost tours you tend to take the passive role – this way you get to participate as part of the investigation,”

Ghost hunt is Oct. 28 and Nov. 5 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets are $55.

For more information visit www.mmbc.bc.ca

 

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