Get ready for a ghost tour that's not scary, but entertaining.

Get ready for a ghost tour that's not scary, but entertaining.

The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society is gearing up for its fourth annual Ghost Tour Oct. 9 and 10.

The walking tour features eight stops in the downtown area, including the Brown Jug on West Waterloo Street, the Lutheran Church -- now known as Peace Lutheran Church -- on Elm Street and the William Game house on North High Street.

For this year's tour, a van will be provided by Canal Winchester Human Services to help transport those who cannot walk, said Jeanette Schneider, Ghost Tour committee member. Schneider said the van will be available during the 7:30 p.m. tour on both nights.

The Ghost Tour is put on by approximately 25 volunteers, according to Schneider.

She said about 10 minutes are spent at each stop, where actors and actresses don costumes and tell stories about the buildings and people there.

"It really is a lot of fun," said Dana Ippoliti, an actress in this year's tour.

Ippoliti said she'll be at the site of the former Universal Motor Sales on East Waterloo Street. She's playing Goldie Painter Shaw, the wife of E.B. Shaw. Mr. Shaw built a mechanic's garage at the site, according to the Ghost Tour flyer, and later opened a Whippet dealership there.

Jim Wynkoop will be portraying Robert Holley at the site of the former Holley's Variety Store on South High Street. Wynkoop, a longtime Vaud-Villities performer, knew Holley.

"I remember him fondly," Wynkoop said. "That's where we used to go to get penny candy. I can still remember exactly where they had the toys."

Out of the eight stops on this year's Ghost Tour, the only one that's been featured before is the "Queen of the Line" Depot. Schneider said even though it's on the tour again, the stories told there will be different this year.

The Ghost Tour raises money for the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society's operating expenses, according to Schneider.

The fourth annual Ghost Tour will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10. The last tour group departs at 7:30 p.m. each night.

The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 18, and free for children age 5 and younger.

Tickets will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. each night of the tour. They can be purchased ahead of time by calling (614) 833-1846 or (614) 837-8400, or by mailing payments to the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 15, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110.

Tickets can be picked up the night of the tour at the Prentiss School at the historical society complex, 10 W. Oak St.