Your usual run-ins with apparitions along Riverfront have to do with Ghosts of Drunken Nights Past - which are not really ghosts so much as pangs of guilt. For a much needed injection of honest-to-goodness ectoplasm in your life, check out the River House Ghost Tours
, going down every Sunday night at 7:30 at the Historic Stranahan House Museum. The spiritual journey will give you an historic perspective on old-time Fort Lauderdale, specifically the domestic life of one of our earliest captains of industry, Frank Stranahan. The tour starts in Stranahan's abode, where, using dousing rods and listening to EVPs on tape (electronic voice phenomena), you might just channel the spirit of ol' Frank, who offed himself in the historic building during the height of the Great Depression (there were apparently no sky scrapers to hurl oneself from back in those days). After communing with the deceased Stranahans, you'll get shuffled aboard a river boat and ferried to the other side, where you'll hear tale of more of Fort Lauderdale's greatest ghosts, including one who haunts the Downtowner Saloon to this very day.
Bring an extra pair of undies (and $20) to 335 SE 6th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. You must reserve your spot in advance by phoning 954-524-4736.
Sundays, 7:30 p.m., 2009