Nothing gets me in the mood for Halloween like a good ghost story. With its historic homes and rich history, an old city like St. Louis is the perfect setting for some real-life hauntings. Learn about some of these lost souls and wayward spirits at upcoming storytelling events.
Ghost stories at Fort Belle Fontaine
Fort Belle Fontaine has the honor of being the first U.S. military fortification west of the Mississippi River. It was built near the confluence to protect the City of St. Louis and the flourishing river trade.Travel down lantern-lit paths along the Missouri River to three stations where costumed storytellers will share their spooky tales. Over the years, many people have claimed to have paranormal experiences at the fort. The most haunted location is the “Grand Staircase,” a twisting expanse of limestone stairs set into five tiers. Many photos taken on the bottom tiers of the staircase show the presence of a dark red, mysterious mist. The spirit of a fallen soldier? Bring a camera and find out for yourself. Ghost Stories at Fort Belle Fontaine is taking place on Oct.16 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. This event is suitable for kids 6 and up.
Ghost stories at Jefferson Barracks
As the oldest continuously operating military post west of the Mississippi River, Jefferson Barracks has had its share of death and misery. Maybe that’s why it’s one of the most haunted military sites in America. People have reported tales of ghostly sentries, unexplained footsteps, and strange sounds for years. Sip hot chocolate as a costumed interpreter tells you some otherworldly tales about a ghost that haunts the powder magazine, the Civil War-era officer roaming the headquarters building and the paranormal activity that takes place in the former hospital. The park will be illuminated with candlelight for this storytelling event. This event is taking place on Oct. 23 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. It is best suited for children 10 and over.
Ghost stories at the Gen. Daniel Bissell House
Gen. Daniel Bissell built his homestead, Franklin Farm, in the early 1800s in what is now North St. Louis County. Five generations of his family lived there before they donated it to the county in 1961. Enjoy a unique evening at this historic home with costumed storytellers recounting creepy tales by candlelight. After storytime, warm your bones up with a cup of hot chocolate. The event takes place on Oct.15 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. It is best suited for children ages 6 and up.
The cost for all of these events is $7 a person, and advance registration is suggested. Special sessions for larger groups can also be arranged. For more information on these or other events sponsored by St. Louis County, please give them a call at 314-544-6224 or visit their website.
By Andrea Wilson, Events Blogger for SmartParenting