October is a great month, not only for pumpkins and fall colors, but of course because of Halloween! I’ve written about various haunted buildings are Bend in the past around this time (and it’s a good time to revisit those this month!), and the Deschutes Historical Museum has taken it one step further with the return of their Historical Haunts Heritage Walk, taking place the weekend before Halloween on October 23 and 24.
Here’s the full press release about it:
The Deschutes Historical Museum invites visitors to take a walk on the haunted side with the Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend Heritage Walk, October 23 & 24, with the first tour beginning at 4:00pm and the last leaving at 7:30pm.
This year’s walk* features new buildings and new stories of mystery, love, loss, and the after-life. If you missed this incredibly fun event last year, bring your flashlights, comfortable walking shoes, plenty of nerves, and you’re ready for two nights of haunted history in the historic district of downtown Bend.
Visit locations spanning 30 years of ghoulish history and be treated to stories of individuals who helped shape the region, but had a hard time leaving it behind… even after death. We’ll inter-weave history with the mystery of the unknown. Some stories may be familiar, while others—we’re positive—will give you a shock! Tour space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis with 12 tours operating each evening.
Cost is $10 per person, children under 12 years and Deschutes Historical Museum members are FREE. Museum admission included with tour fee. All tours begin at the Museum and end downtown Bend. Please note-because many featured locations are operating businesses inside, tours do not enter into any buildings. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be available.
The Deschutes Historical Museum is located at 129 NW Idaho Ave, between Wall and Bond. Please visit the Deschutes Historical Museum website at www.deschuteshistory.org or call (541) 389-1813 for more information.
*Each walking tour is approximately one mile in length of flat walkways.
Incidentally, the Museum building itself is haunted, believed to be the ghost of George Brosterhous who died while construction of the building (originally the Reid School) took place. If you’re there late enough… you might just find out if it’s true…