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October 8, 2012

A walk on the spooky side

For the past five or six years,  Mason Winfield’s Haunted History Ghost Walks have taken place throughout Western New York, from Allentown to Lewiston and various points in between ... but despite a wealth of folklore, not in North Tonawanda.

On Wednesday, that will change.

“Haunted History Ghost Walks Inc. were asked by a couple local folks to lead a private ghost walk when the idea came to everyone to open it up to the community,” Winfield said. “ We have a terrific script for North Tonawanda. It has some wonderful stories, and we hate to waste them by not presenting them. This may be a once-a-year thing in the future.”

The walk will leave at 7 p.m. Wednesday from the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda, and last about 90 minutes. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 7 to 11  and free for those 6 and younger. No registration is necessary.

The original request was made by NT resident Aaron Mohr, who said that he and some friends had the idea after going on Winfield’s Lewiston Ghost Walk last year.

“I like how Mr. Winfield approaches these walks,” Mohr wrote in an email. “First is the historical aspect. I have always liked history, and it gives you a new perspective on places you may be going by every day, and have never realized the historical relevance. Secondly he touches on architecture, another thing you gain appreciation for, how these older places were built.

“Thirdly, the ghost stories about places we walk by on the tour that have been passed down through the years. Being in October, what better time to hear a ghost story? Also, it’s something different and fun to do with a group of friends.”

Winfield said the walk will hit a number of locations, including sites on Thompson, Goundry and Tremont streets and Payne Avenue.

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