Back in '07, your friends at The Paper of Montgomery County created what we dubbed the History-Mystery Tour as a way to bring more folks to our beautiful downtown and have a little fun in doing it.

Turns out, it was a good thing.

Five years and a few tours later, we've had a couple hundred good folks show up in weather from warm to a chilly drizzle and go on a walking tour of our fine downtown in order to hear a few ghostly tales. So far, no one's asked for their money back and the reports have been pretty favorable.

So here we are again, ready for our fifth anniversary and ready to share some of the old favorites as well as a new ghost story or two.

For the uninitiated, let's talk about what this tour is? Truth to tell, it might be easier to explain what it isn't. It's not a haunted house where folks in costume jump out and scare you.

It's a walking tour that goes about a mile and shares in the most dramatic fashion we can some of the scary, spooky, bizarre and even funny things that have happened throughout Crawfordsville and Montgomery County's past. It will be as historically accurate as we can make it, with maybe a little poetic license tossed in for good measure.

We would be remiss not to mention that staffs from libraries all over Montgomery County have helped with the research, as well as Historian Karen Zach and a group of writers she works with.

This year, two tours will take place on Oct. 26, the Friday before Halloween (isn't that just perfectly appropriate) at 7 p.m. and then again on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. 9 p.m.

Both tours will gather in the lobby of our building at the southwest corner of Washington and Main.

If you care to come along, what will you hear about?

• A Montgomery County woman who believed in the Sixth Commandment of Thou Shalt Not Kill, with the caveat "unless'n ya have to!"

• A horrible apparition that caused awe and dread among those who witnessed it as it flew over east Main Street!

• A man who was hanged (maybe unjustly!) . . . three times!

• And who needs the past, there's a story about this year's East Main Street Ghost!

Here are a few more things you should know. Advance tickets are $10 for individuals or $15 for couples and can be purchased right here at The Paper during our regular office hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The night of the tours, tickets are the Halloweenish price of $13 for individuals (or $20 per couple).

Remember, the tours will go on, rain or shine (and hopefully not snow!), so dress accordingly. Each tour will last a little more than an hour, so comfortable walking shoes are a must.

It's our hope and goal that this is just another event that gets crowds to our great downtown and even creates a little Halloween fun. We hope to see you out here and we can all listen to a few great ghost stories!

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