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Tours offer haunting good time

The Haunted History Tours are back for the eighth year,  and Live Oak Cemetery is one of the several places guests can expect to see on the moonlit tour.

The Haunted History Tours are back for the eighth year, and Live Oak Cemetery is one of the several places guests can expect to see on the moonlit tour.

By Alaina Denean

The Selma Times-Journal

The time is quickly approaching to experience the scariest parts of Selma and Old Cahawba.

The Haunted History Tours are back, offering guests an otherwordly experience, while learning about historic parts of Dallas County.

“I would love for guests to learn more about Selma’s history and how these paranormal experiences are interwoven into Selma’s history,” said Ashley Mason, director of Selma and Dallas County Tourism.

The tours have drawn crowds in the past, and this year is no different.

“I know Old Cahawba is going to sell out pretty soon — we’re almost completely sold out,” Mason said. “We have 21 tickets left for the five tours.”

At Old Cahawba, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a ghostly tour like no other.

“At Old Cahawba, it’s really exciting just to go through the cemetery and hear about some of the things that have happened there, even the old slave quarters,” Mason said. “It’s pretty crazy to see what that looks like at night, and the Central Alabama Paranormal Investigations Team will be there to conduct an investigation. That’s an abnormal experience because you don’t get to see that every day.”

The Selma tours are a couple of weeks away, and there are around 70 tickets left for those looking for a thrill.

“For the Selma tour, you get to go through the cemetery at night and there are reenactors there to talk about the people that are buried there,” Mason said.

“With the historic homes, the homeowners themselves are going to be there to talk about their personal experiences.”

The Selma and Dallas County Tourism department decided to bring back T-shirts for the first time in several years, allowing ghost enthusiasts to show off their excitement.

There are approximately 25 shirts left, and they are expected to sell out soon. Shirts are $15 or $10 with the purchase of tour tickets.

Visitors who plan to attend are encouraged to order tickets as soon as possible. Old Cahawba tours are Oct. 17 and 25, and the Selma tours are Oct. 18. Tickets are $15 per person, per tour and can be purchased at the Center for Commerce until they are sold out.

For more information about the event, call Ashley Mason at 875-7241 or email tourism@selmaalabama.com.