Courtesy of Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
Courtesy of Old Louisville Neighborhood Council

Just in time for Halloween, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is getting into the spirit of the holiday by offering spooky tours of the Victorian neighborhood that are part theater, part history. From Oct. 15-18, the “Victorian Tales of Terror” tours will run every 10 minutes from 7-9 p.m.

A "Spiritual Card" from the Society of the Unseen Hand that once operated in Old Louisville
A “Spiritual Card” from the Society of the Unseen Hand that once operated in Old Louisville

The tours offer up ghost stories (some based on historical events) as a guide weaves his group throughout the 130-year-old neighborhood. Guests will be led by “mediums” who will conjure up ghosts and characters from the stories they share, and the 45-to-60-minute tour involves many stops where guests interact with various characters along the way.

“We’re thrilled to have had the chance to put together this exciting piece of environmental theater,” said co-writer and director Chazz Petersen in a press release. “Bringing all the elements together has been hard work, but with our talented actors and dedicated volunteers, I believe we’ve created a unique experience that truly takes you back in time.”

The tours are not suitable for small children. Tickets are $20 per person, and tours are limited to 30 participants. Tours begin at the Historic Old Louisville Neighborhood and Visitors Center in Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St., and all proceeds benefit the neighborhood council. Slots fill up fast, so it’s recommended you book ahead.

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Sara Havens
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