My seven year old is ghost mad! He loves spooky stories and creepy games so when I heard about the Ghost Walk around Halifax I knew it would be a hit. I contacted Andy Smith, the tour guide, to check it was suitable for children and he assured me that my little man would love it.
So, last Saturday night we headed into Halifax and to say my son was excited would be a huge understatement!
We met Andy at The Old Town Clock on Brunswick Street at 7.30pm and he instantly made friends with my son. Andy is a very charismatic character and as a professional actor, he makes for a fantastic and captivating story teller. Anyone who can keep a 7 year old amused with only stories for 2 whole hours is someone special in my book.
Once everyone had arrived, we proceeded down the steps from the clock onto Brunswick Street and the site of the very first murder in Halifax. This was committed on August 16th 1749 by Peter Cartel, a Swiss business man who got into a heated argument with a British soldier who he went on to kill. Andy, set the scene and explained that people often felt ill at ease on that very spot where such a violent deed had taken place.
We walked on to The Five Fishermen Restaurant on Argyle Street where we were told of spooky happenings on the top floor of the building. An old man is often seen dressed all in black with white hair and he is always aggressive. The restaurant staff tell tales of their scary experiences as he is most often seen where they go to change. In particular a young lady who was pinned to the wall by the ghost, rumoured to have been an undertaker. Originally the building was a funeral home and after the Halifax explosion in 1917 bodies were stacked in huge piles in front of the building as they simply couldn't cope with the numbers. I could easily see why ghosts and spirits might stick around after such a terrible tragedy.
I don't want to give away all the tales as I would highly recommend everyone to go and do the tour for themselves. You learn all about the history of Halifax as well as some very interesting stories about murders, deaths and unsettled spirits. We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening and it was great to be shown places around the city which we may not have found on our own. The beautiful architecture of the old buildings was amazing and the walk wouldn't have been complete without a visit to The Old Burial Ground where ghosts abound and the stories flow with ease. At only $10 per adult and $5 for children under 13, I would have to say that is was the best $25 we've spent since arriving in Nova Scotia in April.
So if you want a fun and interesting evening filled with history, beautiful buildings and spooky stories, then get in touch with Andy or just turn up for one of his walks. The ghost walks run Wednesday to Sunday, (weather permitting), and start at 7.30pm and the Old Town Clock.
You never know, you might even get to meet a ghost.