Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tours

Tour dates include:

Downtown Kalamazoo:  October 4th, 5th, and 25th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

WMU’s East Campus:  October 11th and 18th 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Riverside Cemetery:  October 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Mountain Home Cemetery ft. The Face of Fear:  October 19th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM Face of Fear until 9:30 PM

Stuart Manor at Celery Flats:  October 26th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM  Matinee is family-friendly with children’s activities.

About the Tour
Modeled after the ghost tours found in big cities all over the country, the Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour hopes to provide history with a twist — delivering the weird, the haunted, and the historic stories found throughout Kalamazoo.

We’re a change of pace from the typical October haunted attraction scene. We’re not trying to frighten anyone, promise any spiritual encounters, do any “Ghostbusting”, etc. There are a TON of great and weird stories around Kalamazoo, and it’s our mission to tell them!

Your ticket will be good for a 45-60-minute walking tour around your selected tour area. Tours depart the starting location every twenty minutes with the last tour leaving at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $10/night in advance (plus fees), $15/night at the door if walk-up tickets are available. Walk-up tickets are not guaranteed and we may sell out prior to the event. We limit our tour groups to ensure that everyone can hear and has a quality experience.

Children under 12 are discouraged from going on the Tours. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour is owned and operated by JCI Kalamazoo and is staffed by a group of dedicated and loyal volunteers.

Tour History
Since 1981, the Kalamazoo Jaycees have held a “haunted” event in the month of October in order to raise needed funds for worthy causes in our community. In 2007, we debuted a new event unique to the area – the Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour.

We sold out two nights and donated $1,900 to Generous Hands, Inc. in that first year. In 2008, we sold out six nights and donated over $4,300 to Warm Kids. Our third year raised over $2,600 – despite fighting nasty weather on many of the Tour nights.

Thanks to wonderful weather and huge crowds the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Tours shattered all previous records for attendance and money raised. The success has continued over the years and this year we are celebrating our 13th year of tours!

In total, we have given over $40,000 to local charities since 2007.

Who we are helping:
Proceeds from this year’s tours will go directly to JCI Kalamazoo to fund amazing projects that serve Kalamazoo such as Duffle Bags of Love, Home Away From Home, our annual Kids Carnival with the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research, and other amazing projects that help us build leaders in our community. Also, a percentage of this year’s proceeds will be donated to First Day Shoe Fund.

Questions?
If you would like more information on the Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour, please feel free to browse our web site. If you have any questions, contact us at president@kalamazoojaycees.org or message us here.

You can also call the Kalamazoo Jaycees’ 24-hour hotline at 269-340-0033 for more information.

ABOUT JCI Kalamazoo/ Kalamazoo Jaycees:
JCI Kalamazoo is a leadership development organization for young people 21-40.

JCI Mission:
To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.

JCI Vision:
To be the leading global network of young active citizens.