The Columbia’s Haunted Lantern Tour is a theatre in the street that explores the history and haunting lore of our quaint river town.
It is a non-profit, community-based group with more than 50 volunteers. Proceeds from the tour will benefit different areas of the community, such as local cemeteries and art groups. Since 2000, the tour has been performing in the streets, bringing Columbia, Pennsylvania’s unique and powerful history to life.
We guide guests through an hour-long tour to meet enticing new characters while traveling the path of those who lived before us. Guests are invited to walk along darkened town sidewalks and through historic buildings, where they are greeted by “ghosts from the past.” We have about 25 to 50 actors at a time, dressed in period costumes, who portray historical figures and ghastly spirits.
The 2019 tour will showcase original new scenes and stories. Guests will visit beloved characters from past performances, as well as characters they have yet to encounter.
Our 2019 Theme: Urban Spirits ~
This year’s theme, Urban Spirits, brings a lively aura to our traditionally ominous tour and will showcase the stimulating night life of Columbia Borough from the early 1800’s up until the 1930’s. Our characters this year have a wide range of personalities and cover a variety of topics including celebration, crime, adultery, evasion, and bootlegging. While we are stepping away from our typical spine-chilling themes of the past, we feel this year’s motif shadows an essential part of Columbia’s history while adding an exciting and provocative twist!
On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Sara Mimnall and Rebecca Wright appeared as guests on the daily morning program, Good Day PA!, broadcast over local ABC affiliate WHTM, Channel 27. Take a look!