Experience Alabama’s Haunted History in October
Ghost Trails, Storytelling and Haunted Sites
Alabama’s haunted history comes to life in October with ghost trails, storytelling festivals, haunted trolley rides and ghost walks through historical neighborhoods. Families can experience a variety of events and trails that pay homage to the state’s ghostly history. Hear ghost stories from master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham at the 31st Annual Tale Telling Festival in Selma. “A really good ghost story will leave you asking, ‘could that really be true’,” said Windham. Visitors can experience a rare moonlit tour of the famous ghost town Old Cahawba, while the new Black Belt Ghost Trail showcases dozens of haunted sites that include homes, restaurants, cemeteries and Civil War sites.
Black Belt Ghost Trail
Black Belt Region – Self guided, year-round
Visit Alabama’s Black Belt Region to tour the new ghost trail. The self-guided tour will take you to dozens of sites in three counties (Dallas, Perry, Wilcox) to include restaurants, hotels, cemeteries, and homes. The trail will eventually include all 11 counties in the Black Belt region. A brochure provides a map and the haunted history of each stop on the tour. The trail also includes a site for visitors to view videos detailing the ghost stories. www.youtube.com/user/AlabamasGhostTrail. For brochures and more information: 334.636.5506 or 334.636.0120
30th Annual Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival
Selma — October 9& 10
Hear ghost stories and more from master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham at the Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival. Windham has published more than 20 books and has delighted audiences for years with her ghost stories and folk remedies. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information call 1.800.457.3562 or firstname.lastname@example.org, www.taletellin.selmaalabama.com.
“Haunted History Tour”
Selma — October 21-22
Two centuries of area history will come back to haunt visitors during the return of the Haunted History Tours of Selma and Dallas County. Friday’s event features Old Cahawba Archaeological Park featuring a guided tour aboard a ghost wagon and a paranormal investigation. Saturday features two venues in Selma’s spectacular historic district – Sturdivant Hall and Old Live Oak cemetery. Tickets for each event are $15 -ages 12 and up only, please. Packages with the haunted St. James Hotel are also offered this year. Contact the Selma-Dallas County Tourism Office for more information and to order tickets – advanced tickets are recommended. Call 334.875.7241 or 1.800.45.SELMA.
Ghost Walk & Fall Festival
Thomasville — October 24
The Thomasville Arts Council acts out some of the famous ghost stories from the books of renowned storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. Hear the haunted history of Thomasville at stops along the way. The festival includes a street dance, motorcycle poker ride, car show and the Haunted Hille Hotel haunted house. For more information: Thomasville Chamber of Commerce 334.636.1542, www.swalcc.com.
Tombigbee Haints & Haunts
Demopolis — October 27, 29, 30
An evening excursion takes visitors through the darker side of “the people’s city” with a spine-tingling presentation of stories about real people, true history and ghosts. Tours: Tuesday, October 27 at 6 and 8pm, Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30 at 6, 8, and 10pm. Each hour-and-a-half tour will include a river and land portion. Tours begin at Demopolis City Landing. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce 334.289.0270. This event is sponsored by the Marengo County Historical Society, Canebrake Players, Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.