'Ghouls Night Out' provides spooky knowledge of the University of Oklahoma

Jeff Provine's ghost tours of the University of Oklahoma benefit The Children's Advocacy Center.
BY SARAH HUSSAIN shussain@opubco.com Published: July 28, 2013

Eager to hear every word spoken about ghosts on the University of Oklahoma campus, Helena Martins, 9, followed closely behind Jeff Provine, freshmen programs instructor and tour leader of “Ghouls Night Out.”

Her mother, Marla Martins, said Helena has no fear. But her twin sister, Isabel, stayed close to her mother.

Provine began the ghost tours in October 2009 and uses them to collect donations for the Children's Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma. About 40 people attended last week's tour.

Helena and Isabel's favorite story was one Provine recited while standing in front of Ellison Hall, about a mischievous roller-skating ghost boy.

Provine said Ellison Hall was the original infirmary on campus.

“According to campus legends the story goes that a little boy in the early 1930s was roller-skating up and down Elm (Avenue) here and some versions said he was hit by a car, other versions say he had an asthma attack, either way he was not doing OK,” Provine said.

“They rushed him inside, took him up to the third floor in the surgery suites, worked on him, but he didn't make it.”

Provine said he is “still roller-skating, still having a good time.”

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About the tours

For more information about upcoming tours and more of Provine's vast ghost knowledge, go to www.jeffprovine.com.

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