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    A glimpse inside cemetery tours, an educational Halloween activity

    Elmwood Cemetery was nearly empty at 9 a.m. on a gloomy Saturday morning, aside from the thousands of people buried there, of course. 

    It was rainy and gray, and the historical tour of the cemetery was much smaller than usual, according to tour guide Joannie Capuano, executive director of the Historic Elmwood Foundation. Rather than the typical 30-40 people on the tour, just four people huddled under umbrellas with their hoods up, seeking shelter from the seemingly never-ending rain as they traversed up and down hills and through the grounds, stepping between and around tombstones for two hours. 

    From Hollywood Forever to Sleepy Hollow to impressive New Orleans gravesites, the eeriness of cemeteries has always intrigued people. And in Michigan, it’s prime season for these tours, with cemeteries across the state and historical preservation groups, like Preservation Detroit, hosting them.

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