Help figure out who stole Poseidon’s trident during Cape Fear Community College Anthropology Club’s annual Ghost Chase

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A character from a previous Ghost Chase interactive scavenger hunt. Courtesy of Cape Fear Community College's Anthropology Club.
A character from a previous Ghost Chase interactive scavenger hunt. Courtesy of Cape Fear Community College’s Anthropology Club.

WILMINGTON — Like solving riddles? Looking for an interesting way to explore downtown? Interested in winning a beach getaway?

Cape Fear Community College’s Anthropology Club is inviting you to participate in its sixth annual Ghost Chase interactive scavenger hunt. The fundraiser takes place Thursday, Oct. 27.

This year’s Ghost Chase theme revolves around Greek mythology, and participants are tasked with answering the question, “Who stole Poseidon’s trident?”

“We’ve got a group of people going to Greece this summer, so we decided to tie [the theme of the scavenger hunt] into that,” said Rachel Satzman, the club’s faculty adviser.

According to Satzman, participants will begin on the third floor of CFCC’s Union Station, where they will be given their first clues. Participants will then have to spread out throughout downtown to find members of the club, who will be dressed as Greek gods and goddesses. The characters will give the hunters alibis for their whereabouts during the time of the theft, and participants will have to collect those as well as take selfies with the gods and goddesses to keep track of who they spoke to.

The costumed club members will be scattered in a section of downtown Nutt Street (northern border), Market Street (southern border), 3rd Street (eastern border) and the Cape Fear River. After collecting all the clues, teams will head back to the starting point to put them all together.

“Those alibis, when put together, will make a big clue,” Satzman said. “Those clues will lead to the name of the god or goddess who stole the trident, and the first team to figure that out will win.”

The first place prize is a one-night stay in a beach home on Topsail Island, two custom-made Adirondack chairs and gift certificates for beach necessities. Prizes will also be given to the second and third-place finishers.

The cost to participate in the hunt, which is suitable for all ages, is $15 per person. A discount is applicable for those with groups of four or more, and children under the age of 5 years old are free. Proceeds from the event will go to the Anthropology Club for their activities throughout the year, but they will also be setting aside some money for other causes.

“A portion of our proceeds will go to help Hurricane Matthew flood victims here in North Carolina, and another portion will go to the Cape Fear Center for Inquiry’s Lego Robotics program,” Satzman said. “It’s our fundraiser, but we also like to set aside some money for local organizations and help others out when we can.”

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Union Station, located at 502 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Due to the popularity of the event, participants are encouraged to arrive early in order to secure a spot.

“Last year, we had over 110 people participate, so we had to cap it and turn away late comers,” Satzman said. “This year, we’re prepared to handle 150 people. We want everyone to be able to have the full experience and have a good time.”

For more information about the event or the club, visit its website.