'Tis the season to be scary.
With the haunting season upon us, those interested in the legends, ghost stories and history of the county can get their fill with some upcoming events planned by Ghosting12 Paranormal, a local group that tries to find the truth about what was and what may still be out there.
Headed by Kim Mitchell, the group will be hosting events both ends of the county, beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Grove Cemetery on Lisbon Street in East Liverpool.
There, costumed characters will help visitors learn about some of the history of the cemetery, now jointly owned by the city of East Liverpool and Liverpool Township.
A second tour will be held at the same time on Oct. 21.
There is no cost for the tour, although donations will be accepted for the volunteers who keep the grass mowed.
At 7 p.m. Oct. 9, the group will host a free lecture at the Salem Historical Society on the ghosts and legends of Columbiana County.
A Salem ghost trolley tour will get under way at 4 p.m. Oct 13, featuring two ghost walks and three trolley tours. Among other ghostly stops will be Cry Baby Bridge and Hope Cemetery.
The cost of the ghost walk is $10 per person and the trolley tour, $15 per person. Reservations are encouraged by calling the Salem Historical Society, with some of the tours already filled, although a second tour is scheduled for the same time on Oct. 27.
Six stories about Thompson Park in East Liverpool will be shared, featuring costumed characters, at an Oct. 19 ghost walk which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the park, located at the intersection of Park Boulevard and Parkway. This event is free to the public.
A haunted historical tour of Calcutta is on the books for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in conjunction with the Ohio Valley College of Technology, beginning with a lecture on the history of the community and followed by a tour of "old Calcutta."
Although the event is free, donations will be collected by OVCT for local animal shelters, and a raffle will be held to benefit the county dog pound.
The college can be contacted at 330-385-1020 for more information.
At 6 p.m. Oct. 29, a lecture on county ghost stories and legends will be offered at the Salem Public Library. The lecture is free, and guests are encouraged to come early since last year's event resulted in a packed house.
More information on Ghosting12 Paranormal Investigations and Historical Research is available at www.ghosting12.com. Those interested in attending any of the events are encouraged to check the web site to make sure they have not been canceled for any reason.