Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011

Spooky Fun: Ghost Walks on Bald Head Island

Colonel Dread starts the Ghost Walk in front of Old Baldy.

Looking for something to do after dark on Bald Head Island? You’ll want to check out the new Ghost Walk tours – just as long as you don’t scare too easily, that is.

The family friendly (but still decidedly spooky) Ghost Walk, led by the nefarious pirate Colonel Dread with help from the lovely (and musical) Darcy Ladare, walks you though the colorful history and folklore of Bald Head Island. The island’s history as an infamoDarcy Ladare holds the audience spellbound with a ghostly tale.s pirate hangout, Civil War fort and lifesaving station all play a part in the ghostly legends told by the Ghost Walk crew, who take turns telling creepy stories and singing haunting songs with Old Baldy and the Cape Fear River as backdrop.

The cast of ghostly characters include pirates Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet as well as Theodosia Burr, Bald Head Island’s most famous ghost. Theodosia, daughter of Aaron Burr, mysteriously disappeared when traveling by ship from Charleston to New York. Her ship was found off the coast of Nag’s Head, but many believe that BHI was Theodosia’s final resting place. Tales of lesser known ghosts, such as the beautiful red haired woman who supposedly haunted Captain Charlies II and the young boy who̵The Ghost Walk gets spookier as the sun sets over the Cape Fear River.;s image shows up in photos, also make an appearance.

Ghost Walks, offered through Riverside Adventure Company, happen at 7:45 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday and Friday evenings and at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. Tickets are available at the Sail Shop at 96 Keelson Row in Harbour Village. For more information, call 910-457-6844.