The cemetery next to Southfield Reformed Presbyterian Church, 26550 Evergreen Road, will be the first stop on the first-ever Ghost Walks Oct. 22.

The cemetery next to Southfield Reformed Presbyterian Church, 26550 Evergreen Road, will be the first stop on the first-ever Ghost Walks Oct. 22.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Southfield to host ghost walks

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published October 16, 2019

 Residents are invited to take a walking tour of the heart of Southfield, with several stops in the City Centre district.

Residents are invited to take a walking tour of the heart of Southfield, with several stops in the City Centre district.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Each stop on the tour will discuss the history of the location, along with some scary stories.

Each stop on the tour will discuss the history of the location, along with some scary stories.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — The spooky season is in full swing, and to celebrate, Southfield is hosting its first-ever Ghost Walks.

Together, the officials from the Southfield Historical Society, Southfield Public Arts Commission, the City Centre, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Planning Department will host Ghost Walks at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

The walks will begin at the tennis courts near the library, at the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Aiming to “enlighten and frighten,” guides will take guests on a 3/4-mile, 75-minute walking tour of the City Centre to share ghost stories and lore from the city’s history.

Following the walk, attendees are invited to enjoy cider at doughnuts at the Mary Thompson Farm.

City Planner Terry Croad said he has been wanting to put the event together for several years, and event organizers started meeting in February to make it happen in time for Halloween.

Croad said that while the event will be spooky in nature, attendees don’t have to worry about jump scares.

“It’s not going to be like a haunted house. We’re not going to jump out of the bushes and scare you,” he said. “Everything ties into all the things we’re doing with the City Centre — placemaking, art and history.”

Croad said he will lead the tour dressed as a surveyor from 1815. Each stop on the tour will discuss the history of the location, along with some scary stories.

“There are people who do believe that there are some spirits that occupy some of these historical sites,” Croad said. “They may hear strange noises, or they see things. I’m not just making this up — we’ve worked with those stories, and some of the ghost stories are based on factual events.”

Darla Van Hoey, of the Southfield Historical Society, said the stories will be centered around Southfield history, the Underground Railroad, early land surveying and the Mary Thompson Farm.

Van Hoey said she’ll be dressed as Mary Thompson during the event.

Not wanting to give too much away before the event, Van Hoey said she’s heard tales of paranormal activity at the City Centre.

“I haven’t experienced anything myself. We’ve heard ghost stories from individuals at City Hall,” she said. “I just learned yesterday that there were people who used to work at Mary Thompson that used to hear things.”

The event is appropriate for guests 10 and older, officials said.

Tickets cost $10 per resident or $12 for nonresidents. Pre-registration is required, and reservations can be made at the Parks and Recreation Department’s information desk.

In the event of inclement weather, the walks will be rescheduled for Oct. 29.

For more information, contact the Southfield Planning Department at (248) 796-4150.

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