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“A lot of people from NOTL have seen things and have had strange experiences,” Hamilton says.
He says he hasn’t experienced anything during the walk yet, but he has had his own experiences with ghosts.
Daniel Cumerlato, 36, owner of Haunted Hamilton Paranormal Inc., says all the information the ghost guides use is gathered from the local library, businesses and townsfolk. He says that he started the company because of his love for history and ghost stories.
The walk happens seven days a week during September and October and starts at 8 p.m. On Halloween the walk starts at multiple times. Cumerlato, says Halloween is “hands down” the busiest time of year for them.
Hayley Evans, 17, of Niagara Falls, participated in the walk for the first time two weeks ago and says that she was very impressed by the walk and the story telling. “It felt really real and you kind of felt the story,” she says. Evans says that she would do the walk for Halloween because it would add a “spooky factor.”
Holly Anderson, 52, and her daughter Sarah Anderson, 15, of Niagara Falls also enjoyed the walk. “There are points where he is talking and you actually feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up,” says Holly.
Holly says that there is a bit of a history lesson while on the walk and she had no idea that there were public hangings in NOTL. Sarah says that it didn’t feel like a history lesson and it wasn’t boring like a museum.
April Ashton, 38, from Brantford says that the walk was good, but it would be nice to go inside the buildings, although she knows that can be tricky when the buildings are occupied. She says, “I liked it when we were down by the water, in the gazebo, that was pretty cool.” It is darker down there and she says that it is creepier. And “the creepier the better.” She says she would “absolutely” do the walk again and would recommend it to other people.
The Ghost Walk seems appropriate for all ages and there were young children participating in the walk on Oct. 11. Evans says “no parts were extremely inappropriate for children or anything like that. I think that kids that live here could even get a little taste of the history of the town they live in.”
Beverly Kyle, 50, and her husband Vincent Ortega, 41, of Toronto have done the Ghost Walk in NOTL twice. The first time they did it during the summer, but Ortega says they thought it would be a lot better to do it in the fall, “in the spirit of the season.”
So if you have no plans on Halloween, why not go for a ghost walk? Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer you’re bound to have some fun. Cumerlato says, “even if we can’t make them believe, everyone loves a ghost story.”
For more information please visit http://www.ghostwalks.com/niagaraonthelake.htm