Tours of the “Old Hospital on College Hill” will be back again this year because of the immense popularity of the paranormal-themed event in 2018.
“We were blown away with all the overwhelming, positive response last year. There were only four spaces that were not filled during the opening night of the seven-night tour schedule last year,” said Wes Wilson, executive director of the Tug Valley Area CVB. “Actually, the only complaint we had last year was that we didn’t have enough spaces for everyone. It definitely was a sell-out event.”
In order to answer the dilemma of people not being able to participate, Wilson said there will be two additional nights added to the schedule this year. The dates for this year are Thursdays through Fridays, Oct. 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Tours are every half hour beginning at 7 p.m. with last tours on Thursday nights at 11 p.m. and at 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
This year, the CVB has secured the appearance of Tony Moran, best known for his role as the original Michael Myers of the horror movie franchise “Halloween.” He will be present during the Oct. 11 and 12 tours and will take pictures with attendees at the end of their tours.
Wilson said that tickets are available online only through to eventbrite pages set up for the event. Tickets will not be sold at the door or at any local venue. The cost of the tickets is $20 for the standard tours and $60 for the tours featuring Moran on Oct. 11 and 12. A special fast pace ticket for those tours are also available at a cost of $75. The advantage of the fast pace ticket it that holders will meet with Moran at the beginning of the tour rather than at the end.
As of the Wednesday, half of the tickets for the Moran tour nights had already sold, Wilson said. In addition to the event at the hospital, there will be a private luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon for Halloween fans to meet Moran. It will be held at the Starter’s restaurant on Second Avenue in Williamson. The cost of this event has a limited seating of 25 guests. The cost is $40 per ticket and does not include the cost of food if you choose to eat while there.
Also, the tour area will expand this year to include the second, third and fourth floors and the basement, Wilson said.
“This is our second year and we hope to make it an annual event,” he continued, “So, we are trying to offer something new every year. That is why we are adding additional floors to the tour and having a guest like Tony Moran.”