How did you come up with this idea?
I prefer to speak as Grievsley RavenHearse, if you don't mind.
OK, Mr. Grievsley, how did you and your family come up with this idea?
We wanted to give Tucson something unique and different. No flashy visual effects, no gruesome scary makeup, or people jumping out at you. Instead, we wanted to offer some good old-fashioned storytelling and atmosphere to give people the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. We are very fortunate and grateful that the people at Evergreen Cemetery support the idea and are allowing us to take people on a ride on one of our horse-drawn carriages and explain what cemeteries are, and give a history of Evergreen.
Sounds like a great setting.
Well, you're on a wagon on a cool and breezy October night with only the light of the moon and a few old lanterns to light the way. During your journey one of our friendly storytelling tour guides will point out fun and interesting facts about cemeteries and about many of the historic figures who are laid to rest at Evergreen, and the cemetery's history. Now, of course, being the month of October and in keeping in the spirit of Halloween and at the same time respecting the people laid to rest in the cemetery, we will also be sharing a few ghost stories and urban legends during the tour. So you will need to keep your eyes open and on the lookout, because you never know who you might see.
What are we going to see?
Maybe the spirit of the wandering cowboy looking for his grave, or possibly some of the historic residents laid to rest there. Now, if you are lucky or unlucky, depending on how you look at it, there is a very good chance you may see La Llorona--the lady in the wash. Now, being the true lady she is, she's not going to jump out at you. Towards the end of the ride we will really have to be on the lookout for pesky hitchhiking ghosts and crazy gravediggers who will try to take over the wagon, and the tour.
OK--this question is for Bill. Are you a former high school Goth? Is that it?
No, actually I was raised a redneck living outside of Tucson with horses, and went to Marana High School. In school I got involved in stage production and drama. When I met the RavenHearse family about 10 years ago I realized how much I missed doing something creative and being able to be a big ham, so I felt it was a good match and went to work for them.
Did you grow up obsessed with Halloween?
Every day is Halloween in the RavenHearse family ... being able to be unique and have fun. When we're out around town the people of Tucson have been very accepting of us and made us feel right at home, no matter what day or month.
How does someone become a member of or adopted by the RavenHearse Family?
Since their relocation to Tucson the RavenHearse family has been able to dig up a few family members here and there, some local and some from the old country, a place were they had lived for hundreds of years until they were asked to move by an angry torch-carrying mob, but let's not get into the sordid details of it. If there are people who are interested in joining the family, they can write us at the RavenHearse Web site or give us a call.