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Ghost walk through B'ville history

Celebrate Halloween and history this Friday at the Old Tyme "All Hallow's Eve Fair."

Organized by Kay Miracle-Burke and Kim Doyle, self-proclaimed Halloween enthusiasts, the event offers various activities including a ghost walk featuring prominent historical figures from Baldwinsville's past.

"[These are] people that have had an impact on the Baldwinsville community," Miracle-Burke said.

With a vintage Halloween set up at the Museum of the Shacksboro Schoolhouse and Mercer Park, a guide will lead groups through a mock graveyard visiting Baldwinsville figures such as Tobacco Farmer Mr. Wilson, Dr. Jonas Baldwin, Judge Otis Bigelow, Civil War Historian Rufus Pettit, Jane Hammil, founder of the Female Charitable Society and Louise Mercer, the park's namesake. There will also be characters representing the former Indian Springs Peony Farms and the Betts and Skinner (whiskey distillery) store, where a toast of apple cider will be held during the event.

Dressed as a Southside School student, Doyle will be part of the ghost walk, showing participants around the foundation of the old Southside School, which is on the grounds. She said the while the foundation is underground, it is made of limestone and when the warm weather interacts with it, a chemical reaction occurs burning the grass and creating an outline in the yard.

"It's kind of creepy," she said.

Miracle-Burke will portray Harriett Baldwin, a former Baldwinsville resident.

"We love Halloween and always go on ghost walks," Miracle-Burke said. "Our town has so much history, we thought we should have one here. We have to pass down history to the children. It will also bring awareness to the [Shacksboro] school."

In addition to the ghost walk, a pumpkin and costume contest will be held (with the public voting for the best), as well as old-fashioned games such as a pumpkin ring toss, beanbag toss and tricks and treats. Children are invited to wear their costumes, too.

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