Lake Norman & Mooresville

Latta hosting haunted history

Historic Latta Plantation is planning to have a scary good time for the next few weeks.

The historic site in Huntersville is scheduled to host three events to celebrate the spooky season, starting with "Ghost Tales in the Dark" and "All Hallow's Eve" this weekend and closing with the "Ghost Walk."

"It will be a very fun and educational event," said Nicole Cheslak, Latta's executive director.

There are apparent links of the 1800s-era plantation to natural phenomenon. The "Ghost Tales in the Dark," which will be staged Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22, serves as an investigation into the ghost stories.

"Most people that have worked or volunteered here have had experiences with the unexplained," said Cheslak. "Situations that we don't have an explanation for (like) items in the house being moved, hearing footsteps when there isn't anyone else in the house, uneasy feelings when they go into certain parts of the house or certain buildings."

Tours for all four dates are 8, 9 and 10 p.m.

"These tours are a great opportunity for people to learn about the haunting at Latta," said Cheslak.

A new event, "All Hallow's Eve," focuses on Halloween's origins and a number of individuals who helped forge the legends of the season.

"Most people do not know the history behind Halloween and what we're celebrating or where the characters originated," said Cheslak.

Highlighting the event Oct. 15 is the visitors' hands-on participation 10 a.m.-4 p.m. As individuals "Trick or Treat" through the plantation, each stop will have a different offering.

At some stops, the creation of a craft will help introduce elements of Halloween's history. Ghost stories will be rehashed in a cabin. A costume contest is also planned.

"The Ghost Walk" combines the drama and suspense of a Haunted House with history lessons. The tours will run 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28-29.

With the aid of Civil War re-enactors, the event will spotlight on 19th-century battlefields, field hospitals and other miseries of the era, like plagues.

"Though this event is scary and suspenseful, it is also interesting and fun," said Cheslak.