The original Ghostbusters (1984) has a very special place in our hearts. We have frequently been called “Ghostbusters” over the years. While far from accurately describing what we do, this reference is a source of pride in the offbeat and entertaining experiences we provide.
More than one Haunted Walk karaoke night has ended with a stage full of tour guides providing a spirited (heavily spirited in some cases) version of the iconic theme song. Seeing a group of people who lead the public into haunted buildings, screaming at the top of their lungs, “WE AIN’T AFRAID OF NO GHOSTS!”, is quite charming. Despite brave appearances, many of us are very much afraid.
Adjusted for inflation, the original Ghostbusters is the 34th highest grossing film of all-time and has been enjoyed by tens of millions of people. Legendary performances by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis set a very high bar for all that followed. Even Ghostbusters 2 (1989) never reached the same financial or critical success of the original.
The film’s co-writer and co-star, Dan Aykroyd was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, the home of our head office. He spent his childhood summers at the family cottage on Loughborough Lake near Kingston, Ontario, the birthplace of The Haunted Walk. All of this to say, Ghostbusters and The Haunted Walk share a unique connection.