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Halloween Story Telling at 'This is the Place' Park

Halloween Story Telling at 'This is the Place' Park

Posted - Oct. 27, 2004 at 3:38 p.m.



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Sammy Linebaugh ReportingIt's the perfect time of year to pull out your best ghost story, but can it compete with the pro's? Now through Saturday night practiced storytellers will be doing their best to terrify you at This is the Place Heritage Park.

The night may begin with a little lighthearted dancing, but at This is the Place Heritage Park Halloween stirs some sinister tales.

Michael Bennett, "Death on the Danube": “I saw some glowing, ghostly features coming out, driving them back into the cemetery. Then I heard them cry out as bony fingers reached out, grabbed them by the ankles.”

From haunted cemeteries to tortured closets...

Debbie Brady: "I was terrified! I ran out of the closet and no sooner had I done that when I saw Mr. Blackwell in the clearing and he was dragging a young woman by her hair."

The plots are pitch black. The setting, 19th century.

Don Harris, "The GristMill": “Born January 15 1850, passed away very suddenly August 20, 1909?”

Tonight, patrons are impressed.

Joshua Christensen: "Better than a lot of ghost stories you hear at scout camp."

Mark Christensen: "We love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and it's a little bit of that atmosphere in a great basin setting, it's a lot of fun."

Michael Barnard, Host: “Almost every one of the original buildings around here has some sort of rattling at the door.”

There's the story of Brigham Young's 19th wife, Eliza Webb, supposedly seen at the farmhouse. Mary Fielding Smith has allegedly been spotted too.

The stories are told in actual pioneer homes and it's up to guests to decide if they are ghost stories, or if the homes are actually haunted.

Rachel Christensen: "You just get the atmosphere cause you're up here at night and they've got the homes lit and pumpkins, it's just fun."

As fun as frightening can be. Twelve and older is the recommended age. Tonight through Saturday night there are two storytelling sessions each evening, at 7pm and again at 8:30. There are also other kinds of activities, the dancing starts at 6:30. Tickets are 10 dollars.

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