One of my favorite happenings of the Halloween Season, the group meets late at night at various cemeteries in the area to enjoy ghost stories. What makes the tales unique is that they are told by actual Ghosts, who rise from their graves just to spin a haunted yarn or two for their guests.
“The Graveyard Ghost Story Club has been around for several decades,” Pat Swazay, the President of The Club explained to this thrilled Modern Philosopher. “Ghosts flock to Maine every October to celebrate the season and to visit old friends. They love to tell stories and hang out in cemeteries (who doesn’t???). Eventually, the living found out about these gatherings and The Club evolved from that.”
Tonight’s first meeting of the season will be held at All Souls Cemetery. “All Souls is, by far, the spookiest, most haunted cemetery in Maine,” Swazay stated with a charming smile. “So many great storytellers are buried there. This should be an all nighter.”
Admission is free and everyone is invited. It’s supposed to be an unseasonably warm evening, so it’s a great night to be out ’til the wee hours at a graveyard.
I’ve been going to these meetings for the past 6 years, Modern Philosopher, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. With thousands of bodies buried at each site, there are plenty of resident storytellers ready to rise up and enchant us with tales from their time on earth, under the earth, and in the great beyond.
There are also visiting Ghosts, who regale the group with stories from far away places. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the same story twice in all my years in The Club, but even if I did, I was not bothered by it.
Meetings are held on Friday nights, which allows plenty of recovery time for attendees. As Halloween gets closer, however, The Club gathers three or four times a week.
If you can stomach it, if you don’t mind the thrills and chills and the never ending nightmares that result, I highly recommend you stop whatever you’re doing and get over to All Souls Cemetery immediately.
You’ll be haunted with regret if you pass up this opportunity…