Column: Tracking Golden’s real and surreal ghost stories

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Let’s go ghost-hunting this weekend! Don’t forget to bring your cell phone so you can film it and post it on the internet. It will be a sensation!

Ok, well probably not that sensational. Have you seen all those videos of “professional” ghost hunters out there in action? The ones that last anywhere from a half hour to an hour and mostly consist of an elaborate setup of a bunch of equipment that no one explains and results in a lot of annoying static sounds peppered with an occasional bit of noise that, if you stretch your imagination to the max, sounds kind of like a whispered word or two and culminates with the wind blowing a door shut and a chair being pulled across the floor with a string by a hidden accomplice? Or maybe a blurry image of a shadow moving? Yeah, they never really live up to the hype, do they?

Unfortunately, some of that may be due to the fact that anyone, with any motive, can post stuff on the internet and some people are more scrupulous and credible than others. But it’s still kind of fun to see what people come up with and decide for yourself if you believe any of it or not. And, it’s also a lot of fun to hear some of the creepy stories that surround ghosts and the supernatural. Let’s be honest. You loved them as a kid, and even though you may be an adult now, you can still be drawn into the tale, especially if it has a bit of real history thrown in for good measure.

If that sounds like something you might be interested in, then you are in luck during the month of October, because there are several ways you can delve into the real, and surreal stories that make up some of our colorful histories here in Golden.

With Halloween in the air, you might want to start out with one of the Golden Cemetery tours presented by the Golden History Museum and Park this Saturday, October 8. This is a guided tour of some of the graves of our most famous and legendary characters and your guide is storyteller Barb Warden. There is one at 11:30 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. and they sell out every year so you might want to register for them in advance. Tickets run $5 for Museum members and $10 for everyone else plus a bit of an online registration fee. You can do that, as well as get a bit more information by going to www.goldenhistory.org..

Now, if you want to get your fill of ghost stories after dark, or just don’t really want to get up that early on a Saturday, you might want to check out one of the upcoming Talking Dead Haunted Pub Crawl tours that will be happening on Friday and Saturday nights through the entire month of October. They leave from Goosetown Station, located at 514 9th Street in Golden and are a 2 ½ hour tour around town that let you journey back to Golden’s Wild West with stories of shootouts, secret liaisons and even a few tales of murder. Learn all about historic and haunted Downtown Golden while enjoying the best saloons in town. These stories come to life as your guide navigates the haunted streets of Old Golden City.

These tours are for those age 21 and over and you can choose to drink or not on the tour. One beverage at the first bar is included in the ticket price. Drink specials and custom cocktails will be available along the way for tour-goers, and it ends up at The Buffalo Rose after the tour to meet the cast. Yes, there’s an entire cast of characterås along the way to add more life to the dead…Or something like that.

There are two tour departure times, 7 or 8 p.m., each night and tickets run $50. You can get them at www.goldenhistorytours.com/talking-dead.

Just one final note. If that last tour passes by my house and you see me in the window, I’m not a ghost. I just play one on T.V.

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