HAHN to resurrect 'Haunted Huron' this October
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
This October the Huron Arts and Heritage Network will be reviving Haunted Huron, an initiative that proved wildly popular when it was first rolled out 10 years ago.
Huron County Cultural Development Officer Rick Sickinger said that Haunted Huron had always been a project that was on the organization’s back burner, due to its success, but they were always waiting for the right time to bring it back.
In 2008, the initiative began in conjunction with Doors Open. It was the first time Huron approached Doors Open with county-wide programming and the “haunted” theme was chosen for a number of reasons. First, the events would be held in late October, just days before Halloween. Second, Sickinger said that he and other organizers found that ghost stories and haunted walks proved to be an effective vehicle for local history stories that proved ghostly, but accurate.
The event proved popular and the county attempted to make it an annual event through government funding, but was unsuccessful and it eventually fizzled out.
Sickinger said, however, that due to the event’s success, not a year went by that someone wasn’t asking the county to bring back Haunted Huron, so he and the rest of the organizers felt that 2018 was the time.
While few communities have yet to finalize their programming for the initiative, the Huron Historic Gaol is in the midst of planning ghost tours in mid-October and a “Zombie Gaol” for late October.
In 2008, Haunted Huron featured a number of special events with a significantly spooky side. There were ghost walks, special psychic events, a “Dawn of the Dead” breakfast in Bayfield and a midnight screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Goderich, among other events.
For more information on Haunted Huron as events are added, visit the Huron Arts and Heritage Network’s website at creativehuron.ca.