Hattiesburg to host Halloween 'Dearly Departed Walking Tours'

Hattiesburg to host Halloween 'Dearly Departed Walking Tours'

Downtown Hattiesburg will be hosting the inaugural Dearly Departed Walking Tour on Halloween night.

The spooky tours will be hosted by the ghost of Captain William Hardy as tour takers are entertained in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg and Oaklawn Cemetery as they encounter some of the city's legendary characters dressed in authentic era attire, according to a press release from Downtown Hattiesburg. The tours will be hosted in partnership with Avenues Alliance, Hub City Players and VisitHattiesburg.

Tours will depart from the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg every 30 minutes beginning at 6 p.m., with the last tour leaving at 9 p.m.

"We are thrilled to be hosting this tour on Halloween night, and our guests are in for a few tricks and a few treats too," said executive director for Downtown Hattiesburg, Andrea Saffle. "This gives us the chance to share urban legends and a few sketchy tales from our past while enjoying the beauty of our city after dark."

Hub City Players will have a cast of actors playing specific characters throughout the tour.

"We love a good time!" Mike Lopinto, director of The Hub City Players said. "When presented with the opportunity to be creative, have fun, and highlight our city, we knew we had to be a part of this ghoulishly fun evening!"

The guided walking tours will highlight various locations in central downtown, ending at the Porter Pub, where tour takers will board the Hattiesburg Trolley to Oak Lawn Cemetery. Tours will last approximately 55 minutes and will include two snacks and two beverages, which are included in the $25 ticket price.

Tours are open to children 12 years and older with the supervision of an adult. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance from the Downtown Hattiebsurg Facebook event page.