By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

The ghosts of Hays' Wild West lore will be revived at 7 p.m. Friday during a free Halloween skit in the original Boot Hill Cemetery at 18th and Fort.

The Ellis County Historical Society's program will feature eight historical characters. The 35-minute production will star some of the area's heroes and villains, said Cheryl Glassman, the event's director.

"There's good guys and bad guys," she said. "We definitely have bad guys. ... Two of the characters were killed by ("Wild Bill" Hickok)," she said.

Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and sit close to the show to be involved. The family-friendly event is important because it shares the stories of the people who shaped Hays.

"Eighty-five percent of what is scripted is true to life. It's stuff that these people either did or said," she said. "I think that's what makes it really exciting is that you have people who were instrumental in the formation of our community."

The historical site is home to dark stories.

"Boot Hill was a cemetery that was established for people who died with their boots on, died in a bad way or did something bad to be put in there," she said.