Looking for a few spooky tours of Erie? I have taken a few, and I can vouch for them.
We just did the Ghosts and Legends Erie Cemetery Tour Sunday afternoon with Caroline Reichel. What a blast. I’m not going to spoil any of it for you, but Caroline, an extraordinary Erie genealogist, has stories about the vampire crypt that will pretty much scare anyone.
The tours are $10 per person and $8 for kids. We strolled through the cemetery on a sunny day for about 90 minutes with 40 other people. Caroline is both entertaining and interesting. It’s like spending an afternoon with Jessica Fletcher from “Murder, She Wrote.” In another life, I think Caroline was a detective.
She shares 13 tales (get it 13?) that combine mystery and macabre. Caroline also shares some interesting cemetery symbols this week with Erie Times-News reporter Lindsey Poisson. Look for Lindsey’s story.
The next Ghosts and Legends Erie Cemetery Tour is Sunday with one at 11 a.m and another at 2 p.m. You can reach Caroline Reichel at email@example.com or by phone at 814-868-4423. Or visit the Erie Cemetery website — click here. For additional information on the “lives and resting places of the Erie Cemetery residents,” contact the Erie Cemetery at 814-459-2463, or visit Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Erie Haunted History Tour will booo–ooookk through downtown, the Watson-Curtze Mansion and the planetarium. It is family friendly and includes re-enactors who share the tales of Erie’s famed ghost stories. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids (10 and under). Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $7 for kids (10 and under).
For free tickets, e-mail me with “Free tix” in the subject line. I’ll give away two tickets Tuesday morning. Send to Pam. Parker@timesnews.com.
For more fun with Erie history, take a Historic Carriage Ride
Friday and Saturday, carriage rides are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The rides begin and end at the Brewerie. Tickets include the carriage ride plus access to the Erie Haunted History Tour. After the ride, guests will tour Union Station. Now — that’s a tour you won’t forget. Pre-sale online tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for kids (10 and under). Tickets at the door are $30 for adults and $28 for kids (10 and under). All proceeds go to the Erie County Historical Society.
Here are a few more photos from the Cemetery tour: