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Old Town Haunted History walking tour

Paranormal Paparazzi Michael Gavin and Legends Dark Amusements co-owner Dan Carro pursue a longtime passion




No. 2: Two Old Town security guards have heard the Windstorm roller coaster making loud banging noises at 3 a.m., long after the ride was powered down for the night. When they went to investigate, the gate, which was ajar, slammed shut and latched itself without anyone touching it.

No. 3: Terror on Church Street featured an animatronic clown figure named Zelda, who had a habit of coming to life even after its electricity had been disconnected. And the attraction’s attic scene effects went haywire one night after an employee had been playing with an Ouija board.

No. 4: Despite being a modern manufactured building, Skull Kingdom was supposedly haunted by an aggressive three-fingered spirit that left distinctive scratches and bruises. A female guest was once grabbed by a phantom hand that left visible indentations of fingerprints on her face.

No. 5: The photographs in Legends’ first stairwell are authentic Victorian post-mortem pictures. It was a popular pastime to take photos with recently passed relatives, using metal armatures to prop them up in lifelike poses. You can tell which ones are the corpses because they are in focus; live people would blur in early photographs because they breathed.

No. 6: Ashdown’s office features patents and blueprints for coffin alarms, intended to defend against accidental live burial. There is no record of anyone being rescued by one, but they gave us the phrases “dead ringer” and “saved by the bell.” The office also sports a pendulum clock that began swinging on its own while we watched, without anyone touching it.

No. 7: Multiple actors have felt the presence of a “dark man” or a lost child while standing in a narrow backstage hallway. Ghost hunters who investigated the area found that all their detection equipment had mysteriously failed. I can’t say I saw anything myself, but standing in that spot sure gave me the willies ….

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