Plenty of Stettler folks have heard stories about the old hospital…vanishing property, spectral children illuminating windows and a ghostly woman and child appearing. Now, residents will have a chance to learn more about those and other local ghost stories.
The Stettler Board of Trade is offering the “Historic Ghost Walk” Oct. 20 noted Board of Trade project manager Donna Morris, and Halloween is the perfect time for it.
“That was kind of our thought,” said Morris at the Board of Trade office Oct. 12. Morris stated most people would be surprised and amazed at the number of local ghost stories that involve Stettler.
She said a tour of Stettler’s downtown spooky spots has been on the “to do” list for a long time, but staff just haven’t had a chance to get to it. Until now.
Morris said the Halloween edition of the “Historic Ghost Walk” is actually a test run for a permanent program for next tourist season. If the Halloween program is successful, the program that both provides some history and a peek into local “haunts” may be run next summer.
She noted the program is a walking tour of the downtown area hosted by retired teacher and town councilor Malcolm Fischer, who lived in Stettler when some of these spooky happenings occurred.
Since the tour is on-foot, Morris reminded guests to dress for nighttime October weather (editor’s note: The Weather Network calls for a high around 12 degrees and a low around 2 degrees Oct. 20, with a 30 per cent chance of precipitation). As the ghostly tour will include Main Street and perhaps some areas around the schools, it should take anywhere from one and a half to two hours.
The program is only accepting 20 guests, and a fee of $10 per person or $25 per family is required. Morris noted all proceeds will be donated to the Stettler Town and Country Museum.
The “Historic Ghost Walk” is for guests 14 years and older. Participants should meet at the Stettler Hotel Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
Call the Board of Trade at 403-742-3181 to register or drop by their office located at 6606 50 Ave.