GREENSBURG – It’s been said, way back in time, that there was murder and mayhem on or very near the Decatur County Courthouse Square.
In fact, rumor has it that this year, on Oct. 25, is the very year that something will happen to bring back memories of those unusual years: a cackling laugh from a skeleton, a weeping woman’s bleached bones, a man seen sitting in a window long after people thought him deceased; a man shuffling about muttering he’s so sorry; a long low train whistle and a woman.
The Historical Society of Decatur County has planned an unforgettable Halloween event for everyone this year. For the first time ever, there will be a “Ghost Walk” on the square. Locations of some of the powerfully melodramatic scenes include Decatur Apartments, Story’s Restaurant, The Decatur County Jail, the courthouse lawn and the Decatur County Historical Society museum on North Franklin.
Greensburg Community High School teacher John Pratt will be narrator for both the 7 p.m. and the 8 p.m. walk.
Spotlights, sound effects, unusual attire, creative lighting and out of this world stories are almost secondary when the list of local “actors” are exposed.
People say that Dr. Hank Martin and his wife Susan are brilliant pantomimes. Others insist that while Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Emsweller and Sheriff Greg Allen are not exactly great actors, they certainly deserve an “A” for effort. It’s been whispered about, however, that Sean Durbin and Clayton Zeigler are determined to be triumphant if “Oscars” are given.
Adrian Scripture is biting his nail with anticipation and Tom Barker, known for his films and photography, is raring to go do some pantomime. Jeannie Coy of State Fair Blue Ribbon fame, Katy Swinford and Nathan Willis are rumored to be headed to Hollywood but Fire Chief Scott and Police Chief Stacy Chasteen are alleged to be on their way to Broadway as soon as the Ghost Walk is over.