On the last Saturday in September as part of the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt, National Ghost Hunting Day kicks off an annual international investigation of the paranormal.
Ghost hunting stirs up images of abandoned mansions with murderous histories. For others, ghost hunting involves specters guarding ancient crypts. Centuries-old ghost stories around the world focus on historical records or literature. Science, religion, and academia debate their existence. Even their use by Shakespeare and other playwrights is often considered a continuation of that discussion in the midst of the Renaissance stage.
Seeking paranormal activity isn’t limited to crumbling ruins and darkened, forgotten corners of the world. Public places boast eerie tales of spectral voices or haunting mists. For example, both Ann Boylen’s ghost in the Tower of London and the White House in Washington, D.C. crackle with the electricity of paranormal activity. With regards to the White House, the stories are plentiful, too.
Enthusiasts bring attention to historical properties and have an interest in preservation as well. As part of the adventure, sleuths visit Civil War-era towns like Old-Salt Sulphur Springs, Virginia. Others join ghost walks like the one at Rohs Opera House in Kentucky. For train lovers and train-loving ghosts, hop on board in Colorado. There are many historical locations ready for sleuthing and investigation on National Ghost Hunting Day.
Perhaps it’s the anticipation for the novice. Someone yet to experience the thrill of witnessing a restless soul-making contact for the first time. It lures him into a first haunted journey. They remember the first spooky ghost story read by flashlight under the bedsheets. Or perhaps it was an unexplained blur on a snapshot. Sometimes, an investigator’s interest may be held by just the prospect of a spirit lingering nearby. Actual sightings are rare and fleeting.
Modern Ghost Hunts
With the increase of movies and television shows going on the hunt, interest grows. Societies around the world continue developing methods of proving the existence of ghosts, spirits, and other paranormal activity. Typically, a ghost hunting team attempts to collect evidence they see as supportive of paranormal activity. Devices such as an EMF meter, digital thermometer, handheld, and static digital video cameras, audio recorders and computers are all part of a team’s toolbox. However, they also employ traditional techniques like conducting interviews and researching the history of a site.
Of course, skeptics remain. Considered a pseudoscience by a majority of educators, academics and science writers, ghost hunting leads to noble acts. For example, some ghost hunts lead to the preservation of historical sites, the American Folklore Story and the integration of known scientific tools for reaching into challenging dimensional theories. It is with a tremendous sense of discovery and enthusiasm that National Ghost Hunting Day is celebrated.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGhostHuntingDay
National Ghost Hunting Day will kick off with the Shot-Gun start at The ScareFest in Lexington, KY. To join in the coast-to-coast simultaneous hunt, find a satellite team near you! National ghost hunting societies will be participating across the country investigating local venues. Use #NationalGhostHuntingDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL GHOST HUNTING DAY HISTORY
Haunted Travels founded National Ghost Hunting Day to kick off a season full of haunted attractions and fall festivities. They encourage enthusiasts to pursue their interests in the mysteries surrounding the supernatural and to carry on the long-held traditions of ghost hunters. One hundred percent of funds raised through ticket sales go to local non-profit pet shelters in each participating community.