|Historic Ghost Walk hopes to spook spectators|
|Written by Kasha Henricks, Daily Vidette Senior Staff|
|Wednesday, 02 May 2012 15:12|
Spirits of Tours/Timeless Presentations offers a Historic Ghost Walk of Downtown Bloomington every Friday night. The Historic Ghost Walk’s premiere is on May 4.
Owner, Deborah Carr Senger, explained what the Historic Ghost Walk entails.
“It is a Historic Ghost Walk of Downtown Bloomington but it also includes McLean County. What we get is lit by some local characters of the past. It is 90 minutes. What we do is recall history, stories of the Downtown area, and McLean County,” Senger said.
Senger recalled why people are interested in their Historic Ghost Walks.
“This town dates back to 1830. We have everything from the Lincoln era to the gangster era to modern-day. Just mysteries and haunts and ghost stories of the area and also the historic,” Senger explained.
The tour is tweaked to the audience they have each night.
“We have hours and hours of stories, and it just depends on who is on the walk and if they have been before – what to relate to the people participating,” Senger said.
The tour is recommended for ages eight and above. Reservations are required and it totals $10 per person. Spirits also offers private group reservations where a deposit is made to secure a date and time.
“About eighty percent of our profit now is from private groups. A private group is a minimum of $200. We will do those any night that we are available to do [them],” Senger explained.
“The one to the public is every Friday night. As long as we have reservations we will have a tour guide there,” Senger added.
Senger explained how Spirits combines history and investigation in one tour.
“This is our fifth year operating here in Bloomington. We the owners have years of experience in ghost investigation, and also history. We bring a lot to the plate and we try to make it a very entertaining evening for everyone,” Senger said.
Spirits tries to cater to the public, which has lead to unique results.
“What we like is the history. People come and end up loving the ghost stories and the ghost-loving people end up loving to hear and are amazed at the history of the area,” Senger explained.
“Most Friday nights the tour is led by, we’re known as, the psychic and the cynic where one of the owners is cynic about this stuff, but he loves history,” she said.
“I am the psychic, really a medium, and I love all the ghost things. So it's a good dual entertainment for the public,” Senger added.