Ghouls and spirits will cross the ethereal plane this month to visit a host of spooky area events designed to tingle spines during the Halloween season.
HAUNTED PIRATE SHIP
Capt. Jack will again set sail in his haunted pirate's ship on Auburn's Perrine Street this year in search of non-perishable canned booty for the Calvary Food Pantry.
Local resident Rick Martinez, the man behind the eyeliner and dreadlocks, will celebrate the season by erecting the ship, zombie and haunted bedtime stories tunnels, a witch's shack and a graveyard.
The tradition began seven years ago when Martinez put the ship up as a Halloween decoration.
He realized he had a treasure on his hands when nearby children began asking for tours.
Now, 3,000 visit the spectacle each year bringing canned goods as a nominal admission price.
"Everybody has a lot of fun, but it's not over the top gory," Martinez said. "It's more family friendly, something everybody from 3 to 80 is going to enjoy."
Because Halloween falls on a Wednesday, Martinez plans to offer haunted tours from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27.
After an overwhelming response last year, the Seward House Museum will again offer haunted history tours on the museum's grounds and along nearby South Street.
Nearly all the offered tours were sold out during last year's Halloween weekend, prompting museum management to increase the number of tours this year.
The museum will host the tours each night at 6 and 7 from Oct. 26 to 31.
During the tours, costumed museum staff members will lead attendees on a walk relaying a mix of true historical accounts and ghost stories crafted to induce chills.
Tickets for the tours will go on sale Oct. 12.