Lindsay museum marks Halloween with tours and tales

Halloween at the museum

Given its history, it’s not surprising the Olde Gaol Museum may experience its fair share of bumps in the night – or even the day for that matter.

It’s one of the reasons why many people think the former Lindsay Jail makes a great place to mark Halloween.

Once again staff will be opening the doors to the museum for a spooky celebration with a bit of a new twist.

“After two successful years with the scary jail tour, we decided to change this up a bit. We’re looking to move away from the haunted house theme and make it more relatable to visitors,” said museum Operations Supervisor Lisa Hart of the Saturday, Oct. 28 Haunted Tour and Ghost Story.

In preparation for the event, staff have collected a number of “hard to explain” tales such as lights being turned on when no one is around and voices emanating from the cell block.

“We used to think it was sounds from outside echoing into the building,” said Hart.

Then, one day, when Hart was working at the museum alone, she heard the voices again. When she checked, the streets were empty; not even a passing car.

Then again, some instances can be explained.

“One day I was working at the museum alone – these things always seem to happen when I’m alone,” quipped Hart, “I heard a door slam shut.”It turned out it was just the wind.

But there’s many more incidents that don’t have such an easy explanation noted Hart.

“Some days you can spend the whole day here and get lots of work done. Other days you just have to get out for a while because of there’s just too many of those odd feelings.”

Tours, limited to a maximum of 12 people, will begin at 2 p.m. and run every 30 minutes. The last tour is at 5:30 p.m. Parents are advised that content may not be suitable for all children.

While some might think having such an event when it’s dark would make more sense, Hart explained most of what staff and volunteers experience at the museum occurs during the day. Also, it’s a nice option for people looking for something interesting to do on a Saturday afternoon.

After each tour, groups will go to a room on the second floor that has been identified as a spiritual ‘hot spot’ by paranormal investigators, for a ghost story.

The cost is $5 per person and children under 12 are free.

For more information please contact the museum at 705-324-3404 or [email protected]

Although staff are onsite weekdays, during the museum’s winter hours, tours are by appointment only.