Cemetery walk?

Gina of Grand Haven asked, "Is there a Halloween-type cemetery walk coming up for Grand Haven's cemetery?"
Mark Brooky
Oct 14, 2013

ANSWER:

Yes. Loutit District Library will host a "Wicked Lake Forest" walk at Lake Forest Cemetery on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Meet outside the cemetery office off Lake Avenue at 3 p.m.

You will be guided along to explore the lives of some of Grand Haven's "wicked and strange characters from the past," visiting the cemetery's "most notorious and unique people" from the city's history, according to library staff.

If you have any questions, call Jeanette Weiden at the library at 616-842-5560, ext. 225.

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Comments

Citizen

At this risk of being a killjoy, isn't this a pretty disrespectful use of a cemetery? Granted, the deceased will probably not complain, but many of the living consider these places to be hallowed.

LessThanAmused

Yeah, well, I did this walk last year and it was quite interesting and informative. We didn't run across any graves, or pee on any headstones so I'm pretty sure it was a fairly respectful event. I learned some things I never knew and I might just go again this year as my short term memory has some holes in it :-)

rukidding

You're lucky...I mean about the short term memory... :)

LessThanAmused

Yes, I use it to my advantage when I can. :-)

I'm pretty sure the wife does too.......

Cubbie

I also have attended past cemetery walks. What exactly is disrespectful about walking through a cemetery with a guide who is speaking about the lives of the people buried there? If this was a "haunted attraction" type of event, then yes, it would be disrespectful. However, a guided cemetery tour is exactly the type of event that more cemeteries should host.

Citizen

I suppose I was speaking out of ignorance, to some extent. The name "Wicked" walk certainly implies a spooky, haunted aspect, but it sounds like that is not what this is about. I've been on a guided tour of the cemetery (as an elementary school field trip), and the history lesson was indeed interesting. Glad to hear it is done in good taste!

Cubbie

The October cemetery walks focus on Lake Forest's more infamous "residents", thus the "wicked". I can see where the name might be misleading if one isn't familiar with the event. Weather permitting, I will be there. I hope you will join us, because the walks are usually fun and very informative.

rukidding

When I was a teen back in the day, ok the 60's, we (friends of mine) used to take our girlfriends for walks at night through the cemetery and there was no small level of enjoyment by all; it was a hoot. Like LTA we didn't do anything disrespectful, we didn't pee on headstones but there were some girls that had wet accidents. Nothing like bonding with a really scared female; damn they can hug tight. Right up there with some of the wonderful things we did in GH growing up.

Walking ever so slowly down the hills, along the paths shrouded in shadow, the wind rustling the leaves, limbs dancing a death dance from the trees, a rustle of footsteps in the woods just beyond the fence; "What was that"? A soft moan from behind that headstone, no that one. "Look, on the ground, right there"! A body sits up and struggles to stand, all in black, indistinguishable, but yes it is a body and it is real. Blood curdling screams from the next section, soft light dancing over headstones in the distance. Girls screaming, guys joining in, running quickly for the gates, down the hill towards safety, away from the death that was surely avoided. Running until there was no more breath to propel those exhausted legs. "Ok sweetheart, we're ok. Lets take the short cut through, don ton ton, Duncan's woods." Hahahahahaha

All set up with just a little planning, a friend in black, lightly dusted with dirt with a light spray paint of bones, lying slightly covered with leaves and waiting for the right moment, etc. Damn that was some fun stuff!

Sure, go for a walk in the cement tree …

LessThanAmused

It's a bit frightening how similar our earlier years were. I've been that guy in black!

rukidding

I’m very happy for your up bringing, I really am!

We took turns playing the corpse sitting up, didn't have to do anything more than that, no yelling or screaming required for that. Then we would get a young lady, who had previously been a victim, and her boyfriend to be off in the distance with yells and screams, as if zombies were being unearthed and seen all over the place. I can only imagine what the local residents must have thought, never heard a complaint and we were always gone by the time the police would drive through. I told my sons these stories, and others, as they became teenagers back in the 80's and they were more than happy to test things out...things don't change, still a riot. This is when we learned that less is more; let the imagination run wild as it can conjure up far greater images and alternate realities than we could ever have planned.

Oh by the way, we got the idea from our Dads; this is a GH rite of passage for kids with parents that allow them to live and love life. We also did beach parties, house parties, summer tent parties at the State Park, midnight skinny dipping; hopefully our parents didn’t know the half of it, but probably did. Interesting how we all turned out to be professional businessmen and women, family people, well adjusted and loving parents. Oh, our kids have mirrored us in fun, never got in real trouble, and are all successful in their own right.

Wingmaster

Now I can relate to the beach parties. Running through a cemetery was not needed to get a girl hugging ya when you had the cool night air blowing off the lake when you walked away from the fire for a...ah...stroll;-)

Spent some nights in those dunes that forever will be a part of growing up and coming of age in Grand Haven. Of course thats back when you could take a four wheel drive back in there and have some small town fun.

bigdeal

Now I know I have partied with some of you. lol

Mick

Love the reminiscing. Who remembers riding their bike through Duncan woods as a shortcut to get to the beach during the summer months... Ah the good ol days.

rukidding

We still do that, it would be nice if we didn't have to lift the bikes over the barriers but in the end it is just more exercise.

LessThanAmused

Rats, I forgot all about this today, had too many things going on. Oh well, maybe next year.

LessThanAmused

Rats, I forgot all about this today, had too many things going on. Oh well, maybe next year.

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