PICTOU – The Hector Heritage Quay is quite literally looking to scare up a few visitors tonight.
Darlene MacDonald adjusts one of the large Halloween figures created by Pictou local Scott MacKenzie at the Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou yesterday. Prepare to be scared at the first-ever Haunted Hector event, which will be taking place tonight and Wednesday. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS
In the ghoulish spirit of the season, the quay is welcoming visitors, both living and undead, to take a special Halloween tour aboard the Haunted Hector.
Darlene MacDonald, a board member with the Hector Heritage Quay, noted that many have mentioned that the quay would be an ideal site for a haunted tour. When she confirmed that United Way’s Hall of Horrors wasn’t being hosted at NSCC this year, MacDonald moved forward with the project.
“We’ve been working to decorate for the last week and a half,” she said. “We had our last tour, a group from the Shetland Islands, through the quay on Thursday. Needless to say we had to tell them the skeletons and zombies weren’t a part of the regular tours.”
Putting everything together has been a volunteer effort that includes about 40 community members, board members and Pictou Academy drama students, who enthusiastically volunteered to be zombies.
“The drama teacher Shelly MacPherson enlisted about 30 students from PA to be zombies that will scare people throughout the tour,” said MacDonald. “In fact, it’s been the students enthusiasm that has really kept the project exciting.”
Last week, staff from Moir’s Costumes and Events did a workshop on makeup to add authenticity to students cast as zombies.
John Meir said the tour is a mix of facts and fantasy to give people an interesting and frightening tour of the quay.
“We’re reaching back to the 1760s before the Hector was known as the Hector,” said Meir.
The story tells a tale of the ship that would later become the Hector as a pirate cargo vessel that sailed near the Carolinas. The English eventually caught the captain and ship, which was later sold to a Scot, who renamed the ship Hector.
John Spyder Macdonald will also be a cast member as one of the oldest passengers of the ship, though it’s unknown if he is living or undead.
The tour, which takes visitors through the quay, involves stops at the rope room, the outside of the quay and the ship Hector.
The Haunted Hector tour runs tonight and Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for Haunted Hector for $7 at www.shiphector.com. Not recommended for under 10 years old. The tour includes steps, rough ground and enclosed areas and is not recommended for anyone with health issues.
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