Delaware News

Explore city's creepy corners in Ghost Walk

Biennial tour slated Oct. 19

A city that's more than 200 years old is bound to have some mysterious stories about haunted buildings and infamous ghosts.

That's why, every other year, the Northwest Neighborhood Association hosts an event to share Delaware's stories.

In time for Halloween, James A. Willis will kick off the biennial Ghost Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19.

Willis will share examples of paranormal experiences throughout Ohio and show off electronic ghost-hunting equipment used by his organization, Ghosts of Ohio.

Following the lecture, which will take place at the reportedly haunted Strand Theater, attendees will be led on a one-hour guided tour through downtown Delaware and the historic Northwest Neighborhood. Stops on the tour will include 19th-century homes and the 1870s Victorian county jail with the original cell block.

Since 2003, the association has taken residents and visitors from across Ohio to new haunted locations at each event.

"The Ghost Walk event is a fun and interesting way to introduce families to the historic charm of Delaware through mysterious storytelling, tours of our infamous buildings and speakers who can give participants chills and thrills," said Diane Wollschleger, NNA Ghost Walk chairwoman.

All ghost-walkers will be given admission that night to a movie at the Strand.

Only those who attend the Ghost Walk will have the opportunity to purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to have dinner Oct. 24 with Delaware historian Brent Carson. Prior to a catered dinner in the parlor of the Arts Castle -- also considered by some to be haunted -- Carson will take the five winners on a guided twilight tour of the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Just 200 tickets are available. They cost $15 and must be purchased in advance at or Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky St.