Haunted Happenings in Lyons


This year the spirits are in full force in Lyons, in and around the Museum of Wayne County History, and there is a barrage of ghostly happenings, something for everyone.

First up are our Haunted History Ghost Walks. Every Saturday evening in October Mason Winfield’s Haunted History Ghost Walks take off from in front of the Wayne County Courthouse on Church Street at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (under 12). If you are fascinated by the paranormal, ghost stories, eerie happenings, history, architecture and the supernatural, the popular Haunted History Ghost Walk is what you are looking for. This unique evening includes psychic folklore, haunted architecture, ancient archeological mysteries and the ghostly heritage of Lyons. Participants are asked to sign a waiver to walk at your own risk during the tour. This year’s dates are October 5, 12, 19 and 26. On the 26th for $3 dollars more, you can go through the Museum’s Haunted Jail/Blood Curdling Barn. Call the Museum at 315-946-4943 to reserve your space on the Ghost Walk or purchase tickets on the museum’s website. 

Next up is something much more real, the Real Haunt was a fantastic fundraiser last year so it is back again. Over the years we had many groups conduct spirit investigations at our museum. Over and over we’ve heard, “Wow! I’d love to be in on that.” Well, now is your chance, October 11 from 8 to 11:30 p.m. we will have spirit investigators at the museum with their equipment and we invite residents to become part of the investigation. The investigators this year are Gates Paranormal, Great Lake Spirit Seekers, and GVPI North. Tickets are $30 per person and need to be purchased in advance either at the museum or online. No tickets are sold at the door. 

Third would be our fun-time creepiest creepfest, Haunted Jail/Blood Curdling Barn is back. This year the dates are October 25 and 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. New this year, we have added Sunday October 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. for the younger children. Last year this event was expanded to include the Carriage House Barn, and was a real hit with the screamers. For this event we completely change up the cellblocks to celebrate the haunted season. There are cobwebs hanging from the ceilings and terrifying monsters and zombies behind the cellblock bars. Not even the ghosts can hold back their screams. We aim to scare big this year, so bring the whole family, the two evening events are usually fine for kids age 7 up to adults age 107. Parking in the street. For only $7 at the door, it’s a scary good time you can’t miss. (Discount for families with more than 4 children).

Tickets for The Real Haunt (only 40 available and they are going fast) and the Haunted History Ghost Walks are available for purchase online at www.waynehistory.org. 

If you are a paranormal group and would like to investigate the Museum, spirit investigations  are carried out from about 7 to 11 p.m. and are by appointment only. The investigators have the entire museum and barn to run their field tests. Call the museum for pricing and to set up your private investigation. 

For more information about the Museum of Wayne County History and it’s activities call 315-946-4943 or look at the website www.waynehistory.org. The museum is located at 21 Butternut Street in Lyons.

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