Spooky Fun on the Haunted Trolley
I'll admit it, I'm a complete wimp when it comes to scary stuff. I never watch horror movies, am not particularly fond of Halloween, and, famously, I once caused the lights to be turned on and all of the ghosts and zombies called off at the haunted house at Thumb Fun. It's amazing what an 8-year-old girl screaming at the top of her lungs can do. That said, I was really looking forward to the Haunted Trolley Tour in Fish Creek on a recent foggy Saturday night. My friend and I met our guide at Lautenbach's Country Orchard and boarded the trolley along with 25 other folks looking for some creepy fun. We set off into the night with our black-robed guide and scary organ music blaring. Our first stop was the Fish Creek Marina where we heard the chilling tale of the shipwreck of the Hackley, which sunk in October , 1912, claiming 11 lives – the greatest loss of life of any Green Bay shipwrecks to date. The really scary part of the story was how the captain's brother, Roy Thorp, had a prophetic dream of the disaster the night before it happened. Brushing it off as "just a dream," Thorp lived the rest of his life bearing quite a burden. Our next stop was the Noble House in Fish Creek, home of many hauntings, spirits, noisy ghost children and strange reflections in the mirror. My friend swore she saw some strange blue light in the photo we took reflected in a looking glass...or could it have been the lights from the Bayside Tavern across the street? Spooky sights at the Noble House After a few more tales of ghostly children and restless spirits, we made our way to Peninsula State Park where we passed Pioneer Cemetery (unfortunately, no longer open to tour groups) and landed at Blossomburg Cemetery where we were regaled with more stories of Fish Creek's founding families. Seeing the beautiful artwork of gravestones is always compelling, especially when some of the graves are littered with offerings including coins, flowers and candy. Our final stop was under starry skies at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, where we heard the story of a lighthouse keeper's son whose ghost has been seen recently running through the park. Our guide also relayed the well-known story of Minnie Cochems, the first American female lighthouse keeper, whose ghost is a regular visitor at the Sherwood Point Lighthouse in Sturgeon Bay. The Trolley of the Doomed runs nightly starting at 7pm (6pm in October0 now through October 31. Door County Trolley Company also features a Haunted Olde Sturgeon Bay Tour, and for those who'd like to tipple as they're spooked, there's the Haunted Trolley Pub Tour.