By Heather Lusk
Part ghost tales and part history lesson, the 16th edition of the SullivanMunce Cultural Center’s Ghost Walk takes visitors on a walking tour of the town while sharing nuggets of Zionsville’s past.
Bits of town history are brought to life by local volunteers who recreate the scenes through nine skits placed throughout the village.
Event organizer Kelly Masoncup has written many of the scripts through the years, including most of those for this year’s Ghost Walk. She occasionally incorporates local legends into stories, but often the skits are inspired by a list of town mysteries from Zionsville newspapers.
“I go through and figure out whether it would make a good story or not,” Masoncup said.
Usually, the subject matter is taken directly from articles, sometimes quoting those involved. This year, one skit will quote directly from a yearbook.
“We’re taking the words of past residents,” Masoncup said.
The Ghost Walk may have scary elements for young children but the stories are often humorous. Some of this year’s skits center on the plague, a movie theater and a mysterious suitcase left on a train.
Apple cider will be sold before and after the tour, and a fortune teller will add to the atmosphere each evening at the museum.
The Ghost Walk is Oct. 5–6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tours leave every 15 minutes from the SullivanMunce at 225 Hawthorne St.
Adult advance tickets are $12 for members and $14 for non-members, with a reduced rate for youth. Children 5 and under are free. Adult tickets are $20 the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased at SullivanMunce.org or by contacting the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.