Ghost Walk was a tremendous success

For two evenings aberrations from Pender’s past emerged from the Historic Burgaw Cemetery to entertain and spook visitors at the annual Ghost Walk.

“This year’s Ghost Walk: Ghosts from Pender’s Past was another howling success,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director.

Stephanie Key, the artistic director of the annual event, gathered actors from the community and volunteers from JROTC, local schools, the Historical Society of Topsail Island, Pender County Historical Society, and the Pender Arts Council.

“Everyone came together for another outstanding production,” said Key.

The Ghost Walk was planned with COVID precautions in mind. By moving the Ghost Walk to the Burgaw Cemetery the flow of traffic was more efficient and allowed for smaller groups to step off every 10 minutes.

“We had two concerns in mind at all times,” said Key. “Our goal was to follow COVID safety procedures and respect the cemetery.”

Volunteers lined the perimeter of the cemetery with luminaria. Roping was also added to keep ghost walkers from stepping off the pavement.

“I cannot thank the Commissioners of the Town of Burgaw enough for entrusting us with the relocation of the Ghost Walk to the cemetery,” said Key. “The Burgaw Police Department assisted with traffic control and the closure of just a few short blocks.”

Mother Nature contributed to the effects of the Ghost Walk on Friday night with a heavy fog and a full moon.

“It was perfect,” said Olivia Dawson, Pender County tourism assistant. “We had perfect weather, very good attendance, and excellent cooperation of all involved.”

This is the fifth year for the two-time national award-winning Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past. The event is spearheaded by Pender County Tourism with the essential help of volunteers.

All proceeds from Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past go to the programs of the Pender Arts Council, Pender County Historical Society, and the Historical Society of Topsail Island.