Annual Halloween event to haunt Bijou this year

CORRECTION: This version of a news release first disseminated on Oct. 18 corrects the original with regards to attribution in the second and third paragraphs, the description of Phi Delta Theta and the spelling of Christiane Luehrs' name. We apologize for any inconvenience.

HAYS, KS -- Dr. Robert Luehrs, professor of history at Fort Hays State University, will present his annual "Morbid Meditations Upon Night Hags, Demonic Lovers, and Grotesque Horrors From Beyond the Grave," at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Bijou, 507 W. Seventh St.

Luehrs' remarks will concern "some of the loathsome, supernatural entities that hurt mortals in the autumnal twilight."

"These are creatures which definitely do more than go bump in the night," said Luehrs.

"This is the fifth year for this format, and each year the topic is different," he said. "I began doing this some years back when I would be invited to give a Christmas talk for members of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. Somehow my remarks always veered into Christmas ghost stories, so I was asked to do something for Halloween instead."

Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Luehrs and his wife, Christiane, have also organized a display titled "Witch Legends: Good Witch/Bad Witch," at Forsyth Library. The display, which the Luehrs first started doing in 1978, will be available for viewing through Nov. 1.

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