And, no, this is not an economic development joke.
It's the work of ghosts, if you can believe it.
Mike Heyser led two walking tours in Hagerstown's downtown core on Friday as part of a city event that has grown in popularity each year.
On Friday afternoon, the city announced that it had reached its maximum number of slots for the walking and haywagon ghost tours.
A total of 93 people signed up for three haywagon rides and 60 for two walking tours, said Karen Giffin, the city's director of community affairs.
People met for the tours at the Bulls and Bears restaurant on North Potomac Street. Hot apple cider and hot chocolate were served.
Dawn Harbaugh of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation was selling student-decorated pumpkins for $10 apiece.
Heyser, dressed in a long, dark coat and white shirt, had zombie-like makeup on as he led his group along the downtown streets.
He shared legends about the clock tower building, the Potomac Bead Co. building and the Washington County Courthouse.
At The Miller House, someone has mysteriously moved table settings, he said.
"They are certain that the ghost is a female," Heyser said. "They don't think a man would care."
Another haunting tale came from the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown campus, which used to be the Washington House Hotel. There, a woman screamed when she thought the man she saw rush into a room was an abolitionist who murdered her family in Kansas.
Heyser stopped in front of the Public Square building that for many years housed Rocky's University New York Pizza. Pizzeria owner Vinnie DiCola was convinced that there was a ghost in the building, Heyser said.
The pizza shop burned in a fire in 2008, but DiCola reopened on North Potomac Street near City Hall.
Later, behind the counter of his new shop, DiCola said he heard or felt the ghost's presence at the Public Square building many times. "We'd call him Frank," he said.
Once, DiCola said, he felt Frank grab his shoulder. Another time, he heard Frank in the basement dropping pots and pans.