Arts & Culture October 11, 2016

Top 5 SPOOKY places in Halifax to experience this Halloween!

There are a lot of perks to living in an old city. Beautiful architecture, history everywhere you turn, and ghosts.

Ghosts you say? Here is a list of spooky and haunted places in Halifax, that have been known to have a few ghost sightings!

1. Five Fisherman Restaurant and Grill – Now known as one of the best places to experience East Coast seafood, the Five Fisherman wasn’t always a restaurant.

Originally constructed as a school, it has also served as a mortuary, acting as the final stop for victims of some of the largest disasters to impact the area: the Halifax Explosion and the sinking of the Titanic.

So really it’s no surprise that there have been multiple reports of unexplained noises and shadowy figures on the property. Are you brave enough to dine? Learn more on their website!

2. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site – Completed as a British fort in 1856, the Halifax Citadel has all the eeriness you’d expect from a fortress that has housed prisoners and kept an active watch over a city on the ocean.

From stories of Grey Ladies to mysterious images on security cameras, more than a few unexplained happenings have occurred on the grounds. Want to learn more? The best way to experience this historic site is to sign up for a Ghost Walk, taking place every Friday and Saturday until the end of October.

3. Alexander Keith’s Brewery – The Alexander Keith’s Brewery on Lower Water Street is a popular Halifax tourist attraction, showing locals and tourists alike how Mr. Keith once brewed his popular beer. But did you know that despite having died in 1873, there have been recorded sightings of the famed politician checking in on the progress of his brewery?

Take a tour of the brewery and grab something to eat at the Red Stag Tavern – who knows who you might run into!

4. McNabs IslandOften admired from both Halifax and Dartmouth, McNab’s Island currently serves as a green space only accessible by boat. McNab’s has served many purposes in its history, including playing home to early settlers, a soda factory, and a Victorian garden. While a public picnic area may sound quaint, let’s not forget that the island was also once home to more eerie and sinister activity.

One specific area, “Hangman’s Beach,” showcased the hanging bodies of mutineers. These corpses served as a warning to anyone arriving in port who thought that Halifax seemed like a great place to get up to some unsavoury activity.

McNab’s stories definitely make me want to be on my best behavior!

5. St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Located right across the street from The Five Fisherman in Grand Parade, stands St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Completed in 1750, St Paul’s is the oldest building in Halifax!

Ghostly mysteries surround a face in one of the second floor windows of the church. Legend has it that on the morning on the Halifax Explosion, a deacon was standing in front of the window – due to the intense light and heat from the explosion, his profile was forever etched on the glass, leaving his shadow behind for years to come. Spooky truth or random coincidence?

Stand on Argyle Street, look at the church windows on the second floor and decide for yourself.

Have you seen any ghosts floating around Halifax? Let us know on Facebook!