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Edinburgh Ghost Tours: A Priceless Experience for Children

29th Apr 2021
Edinburgh Ghost Tours: A Priceless Experience for Children

Written by Mercat Tours Storyteller Frederique.

On our Edinburgh ghost tours, we meet many different kinds of audiences and the guide needs to adapt the storytelling to make sure everyone fully enjoys the experience.

My favourite is telling stories to children – especially ghosts stories. They are a very special audience that I love to see reacting truly, immediately and so generously to the stories.

I usually create a much more interactive tour with children as they love sharing their knowledge, their feeling, and their experience. It becomes a real moment of sharing like no other; they follow me and I go with them in complete unison.

Like with the grownups, some wee girls might be easily scared while the big boys will show bravery, but all of them are taking in each and every word, giving you their full attention, believing everything you say. A tricky bunch of little buggers!

My best weapon for the faint-hearted is my cloak, the safe place I invite them to shelter under if they are too scared. My best weapon for the bravehearts is a long silence and a glaring eye in the darkness!

I feel proud when I hear them shouting “Gardyloo!” after telling them that story, or chatting between themselves, wondering if ghosts really exist. It is always a delight and a privilege to be the witness of children’s reactions to the stories on our Edinburgh ghost tours.

The tour can leave quite a lasting impression on some of them (hopefully no nightmares!) and sometimes we have the huge pleasure to receive a lovely token of their appreciation like a drawing – how cute!

Sometimes there is a birthday boy or girl on the tour, and how exciting it is to make the tour even more special for them, to make sure they are the centre of attention at all times, celebrating their own special day during the tour. No doubt they will remember that birthday for many years.

Magic does happen with children on tour. It is so precious; magic that only children can create just by being children. For me, there is no audience as rewarding and generous as these wonderful wee buggers!

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