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Ghost tour adds ‘Disney difference’

  • Spooky venue: adventurers on the Haunted History ghost tour will dine on the Deliverance replica this month (Photograph by Mark Bean)
  • Getting in the spirit: the Haunted History tour offers a fun way to appreciate the East End’s history (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda’s only ghost tour is expanding its offerings during October in partnership with Disney Cruise Lines.

Haunted History’s popular experience was selected as a “Port Adventure” on board the Disney Magic, which made the first of five visits to the island last weekend.

The East End tour has a Hallowe’en theme throughout the month, with support from the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Meyer Travel Agency.

In order to appeal to Disney, Haunted History had to offer more than its regular weekly tour.

“They approached me about Haunted History very early on, but wanted it to have the ‘Disney difference’, an experience that their guests cannot get anywhere else,” Kristin White, executive producer and storyteller with Haunted History, said.

“I decided that, in addition to offering a longer tour, a cool twist would be to add dining on the Deliverance replica ship.”

Guests explore the ship and have a casual supper on board, which has a few ghostly touches added, Ms White placed fake bones and spider webs around the decks to increase the creepy factor.

“St George’s Foundation is always looking for more groups to make use of Deliverance,” she said. “Yes, it’s a lovely space for people to learn about the early history of Bermuda, but it can also be an event venue. For Haunted History, the ship is great with a ghostly theme, so was an ideal supplement to the tour.”

October is a busy month for Haunted History, which hosts extended Hallowe’en tours with scary extras.

“The week of Hallowe’en has always been a highlight for us,” Ms White said. “There’ll be dinner discounts, special treats bags, and a few spooky surprises.”

Haunted History was created in 2015 and tours run at least once a week.

Ms White says that the success of Haunted History over the last four years is proof that people want a more interactive learning experience in St George’s. She said: “I add in a few ghost stories here and there, but mostly, I research and tell true stories. Before Haunted History, I’d hear people say that tourists aren’t interested in history. But I know that’s not true.

“I am eager to continue showcasing the unique history of the East End, and to explore partnerships with other museums and historic attractions.”

The tour departs from Ms White’s store, Long Story Short, on Water Street every Thursday night at 8.30pm, with special Hallowe’en Tours on October 28, 29, and 30.

For more information about Haunted History, vists hauntedhistorybda.com or call 705-1838. To learn more about the Deliverance replica ship, call The St George’s Foundation at 297-8043