Ghost Stories from the Stacks returns to Legacy Library


If you are looking for a fun, but spooky way to spend Halloween then Marietta College’s Legacy Library has just the event.

Join Marietta’s students, faculty and staff on Friday, Oct. 25, as they gather in the gloom of the haunted reading room in Legacy Library for the fourth annual Ghost Stories From the Stacks.

It gets started at 8 p.m. with exploding pumpkins and “freaky” science experiments courtesy of Marietta College’s Department of Chemistry. Participants will also get a chance to look into their future with Georgene Timko, a palm reader with deep Hungarian roots, while also watching clips from horror movies in the Fireplace Lounge.

Before the reading begins, magician Steve Dixon will be available to conjure up unearthly tricks and there will also be a chance to design a treat at the caramel apple bar in the Chlapaty Café.

The first session of ghost stories begins at 9 p.m. and the College has arranged for some “celebrity” readers, including Marietta College’s First Lady Diane Bruno. The second session begins at 10 and the evening will wrap promptly at 11 p.m.

“Last year I attended the event and enjoyed the Halloween ambiance in the Library and experiencing the readings,” said Diane, who plans to read The Skull That Spoke. “I was asked this year and eagerly accepted. It’s a fun evening for all.”

Other selections chosen for the night include:


Raw Head and Bloody Bones, read by Dr. Suzanne Walker and her husband Jeff.

The Lottery, read by Dr. Eric Fitch and Georgene Johnson.

The Open Window, read by Hannah Ratliff ’14 (Tucson, Ariz.).


Dr. Rob McManus, McCoy Associate Professor of Leadership, will be scaring … reading again, but he has not yet selected a book.

“I really enjoy scaring the students with something other than a final exam,” McManus says.

Student Jon Ramey ’15 (Cheshire, Ohio) is also reading and plans to make his selection soon.

“The reason I chose to help this year is because I love telling ghost stories to people who are willing to listen,” Ramey said.

Legacy Library and Pioneer Activities Council is co-sponsoring Ghost Stories From the Stacks. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Marietta College students are encouraged to come in costume to be entered in a drawing for great prizes.

For information: (740) 376-4758.