The Long Grove Historical Society’s Annual Ghost Walk will be held Friday night, October 27th, 2023. Typically the tours start departing for the under world around 6pm, but we haven’t finalized the hours for the event just yet (It’ll be updated here when we do). The event is family friendly and involves a haunted hour long walk through the historic downtown. Required donation of $15/adult and $5/children(Grades K-8). Reservations are required and space is limited – the event has always sold out a week or two prior to Ghost Walk.
A link will be posted here when tickets go on sale… typically this is sometime the first week of October.
Tickets typically will be sold out a week or two prior to the event.
How long is the walk? Around an hour.
How does the walk work? You will be one of a dozen (well, what we call a devil’s dozen – that is 15) or so victims, that will be led on a walk around the historic downtown by a costumed guide. At about a half a dozen locations you’ll stop for a few minutes to meet some characters from Long Grove’s past. Some of their tales seem to jive pretty closely with real history, but other parts seem like they’re lavishly embellished. They’re old and dead so we cut them some slack. A portion of the walk will be a “hay ride” behind a tractor, provided we can find a driver that we trust and a tractor we think will make it through the night.
What does WAA mean – e.g. FAQ (WAA)? FAQ With An Attitude 🙂 Is it appropriate for kids? Yes, it’s family appropriate. We advise performers to keep it PG-13. You will be scared at times, and maybe creeped out a little, but in a fun way.
Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers? No, they eat the fingers separately.
Can I bring my dog on the walk? Seriously? No. Not even if he’s the mayor.
What if it rains? That’s why you bring an umbrella… the event will happen regardless of weather.
Where do I park? The two big village lots, the Archer Parking Lot, and the Stempel Parking Lot in downtown Long Grove will be your best bet. Be aware that Stempel occasionally fills up, so allow enough time to get yourself parked and still make your tour time.
You limit the group sizes to 15, but I have a few friends that want to join me and there’s not enough tickets left for that. Can I just sorta kinda have them slip into our group when we start the walk? We’re willing to pay for the tickets if asked to do so… Seriously? Many reasons why this would not be appropriate… not the least being we think you’d find it super awkward when not everyone fits onto the 15 seat hay wagon.
Do I have to pay for my two year old? Anyone below Kindergarten is free. So unless your two year old is super advanced, they would be free.
My kid is a sophomore in high school, but he’s really small, so doesn’t take up much room. Do I have to pay the adult or kid price? Adult – high school age and up are considered adults in our ghost walk.
Do you have an address for my GPS? Fred Astaire Dance Studio and Buffalo Creek Brewing are both on the Stempel parking lot, and will get you real close to check-in and the parking lot. The check-in will be near the Brother’s Field tent.
Hey, do I have time to grab a beer before our tour leaves. When our tour is supposed to depart, I’m sure the other 14 people in my group won’t mind waiting while you come try and find me. Are we cool? Mmm… probably not, but let us know if you’re going to give it a go, so we can let one of our sold out stand-bys ready themselves in case you get arrested for carrying an open container of alcohol up and down the sidewalks.
I bought a non-refundable ticket, but now can’t come – can I get a refund on my non-refundable ticket? No, but we appreciate the donation.
Is the walk handicap accessible? No.
I have a group of a dozen people – there’s no reservation slot with enough space left for us… what do I do? If you don’t want to split up across two times, email event coordinator Amy Gayton (email@example.com) and we’ll see if we can work something out.
I have a question that’s not listed here? Email Amy Gayton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll get you an answer.
Is FAQWAA a real thing or did you just make it up? Just made it up. The internet has lots of monkeys with typewriters, so we might not be the first…
Why do I need a reservation? We don’t want everyone to have to wait around in the weather in a queue for an hour hoping for an open spot. Most years, no shows are minimal… so your odds of just showing up and going are not good. However, if the weather is rotten, yeah, there’s gonna be some no shows.
Every year I try to get a reservations, but it’s always sold out. What gives? We’re an all volunteer group that receives no public funding. We simply don’t have enough volunteers to put on the walk for more than one evening. If you would like to join the Long Grove Historical Society, you can do so on our membership page. We don’t make any guarantees, but we try to give our members and local supporters first crack at tickets (hint: if you’re a member or local supporter, your odds of getting a ticket are way higher).
What do you call a ghost with a broken leg? A hoblin goblin. If I just show up without a reservation, can I go on the walk? Maybe. We’ll try to work you in when we have no-shows.