GhostWalk to haunt Main Street, benefit SullivanMunce Cultural Center

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Kirk Horn, right, plays Abraham Lincoln during the 2015 GhostWalk alongside Rita Horn as Mary Lincoln and Cathy Wait as Nettie Colburn. (File photo)

Kirk Horn, right, plays Abraham Lincoln during the 2015 GhostWalk alongside Rita Horn as Mary Lincoln and Cathy Wait as Nettie Colburn. (File photo)

By Heather Lusk

For the first time ghosts and ghouls will exclusively haunt the area around Main Street during the 14th edition of the GhostWalk, benefiting the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

“Main Street is, I think, our claim to fame,” SullivanMunce Cultural Center Executive Director Cynthia Young said. “We just want to celebrate the history of Zionsville where it all started.”

Seven scenes will depict moments in Zionsville’s history with a focus on historic figures that visited Zionsville, such as Abraham Lincoln and Susan B. Anthony. More than 110 volunteers will assist in the haunted production.

The 45-minute guided walking tour usually takes visitors through the residential section of the Village, but organizers decided to stay on Main Street this year to celebrate the state’s bicentennial.

Kelly Masoncup, who has organized the GhostWalk five times, keeps track of all of the past skits that have been performed to ensure the tour stays fresh for visitors each year.

Some subjects that are repeated, such as a skit about Zionsville’s rouge monkey, are presented in different ways or with new information.

“It brings together the history of Zionsville in a fun and important way,” Masoncup said. “I think it’s important for the community to continue the tradition. What inspires the (skits) is the history and stories that were told about our community 100 or so years ago. There’s always something interesting in old newspapers.”

While it’s possible to purchase tickets at the museum prior to the tour, Masoncup recommends making a reservation, as most tours sell out. Approximately 600 people attended last year’s GhostWalk, and there are a limited number of spaces on each tour.

GhostWalk Tours

When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8

Where: Depart every 15 minutes from the front lawn of the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St.

Cost: $12.

More: sullivanmunce.org/ghostwalk.html

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