WOODSTOCK — Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is bringing back Ghost Tales & Trails for Halloween this year.
The tradition is now in its fourth year and is a Woodstock favorite. The ghost tour is Oct. 24 to Oct. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening and departs every 45 minutes, with the first tour departing at 6:30.
The cost is $10 for ages 5 and older, and there will be free games and activities.
This year, Operations Director Christopher Brazelton is looking to make a few changes to add new entertainment for those who attend.
“We are really excited to bring it to the new Elm Street Property,” Brazelton said.
He said Ghost Tales & Trails will use the entire four-acre property at the corner of Elm and Market streets.
The event will feature games and activities on the main Event Green with activities including a Root Beer Bar, Ring Toss, Corn Hole game and more.
“The story itself is brand new, and will really change the way Ghost Tales & Trails is done,” Brazelton said.
In past years, the audience has walked around hearing different stories, but this year “it is one giant story that the audience will walk through as it is happening,” he said.
“We were really looking to have the audience be a part of the story, not just told the story,” the director said.
“The Shadow” was written by Woodstock’s own Allie Hendrix and quickly recruits the audience into “Deputies in Training” to help Sheriff Billy, Peter, and Clara find the culprit, dubbed The Shadow.
“The Shadow has been robbing the town left and right. With a few twists and turns of plot, the story is bound to create some excitement throughout the evening,” Brazelton said.
Brad Leak, Harmony Reid, Grant Garlinghouse, who is also “Sheriff Billy” in the story, and Shannon Sokol have been brainstorming and building set pieces and props for around the property for months now, he said.
The show is written to be family friendly, accommodating ages 5 and older, though there will be loud noises.
“The production team has worked hard to make the event keep you on your toes, lighting it specifically, so that no matter where you are looking... there are always Shadows around,” the director said.
“We had a challenge because there are a lot of great aesthetics around the property already, so we wanted to build a scene that would add to that and not distract, and also making it a little creepy,” Leak said.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at elmstreetarts.org/halloween.
The event is held at 111 Elm St. at the corner of new Market Street and Elm Street, Woodstock.