Spring Fever hits in more ways than one. As the weather warms up, people come out of hibernation and get more active. Not sure if the same goes for ghosts, but it sure seems to apply to ghost tours and ghost hunting excursions.
Lately I’ve noticed more and more of them “spring”ing up everywhere. Here’s a list of some of the more interesting ones I’ve come across:
- Ghost Hunts and Ghost Walks at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. The Ohio State Reformatory Ghost Hunts® were named one of the Travel Channel’s “101 Things to do before you Die.” They are ENORMOUSLY popular. So much so, most of their Hunts for 2010 have already sold out…and they haven’t even started yet! (This Saturday, March 13, 2010, is the first one.) In fact, there’s only four dates that still have availability: September 3, November 12, November 20, and December 11. Your other option might be the Ghost Walks. They don’t start until May (May 23 to be exact), and there are only eight of them –but three dates are already sold out too! Cost: The Ghost Hunts run $65 per person. (Includes pizza dinner, soda, water, coffee and hot chocolate, and access to the building from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) Must be 21 years of age or older. The Ghost Walk is $15 adults, $8 children (ages 12-17). For more info check out www.mansfieldtourism.com or www.mrps.org. TIP: Many of the area hotels offer Ghost Hunt Recovery packages with perks like Jacuzzi tubs, late check out, and breakfast.
- Ghost Hunt at Big Bone Lick State Park. On March 20, 2010 at 8 p.m. the Tri-State Shadow Chasers, will lead a ghost hunt through several areas of the park, such as the 1888 Big Bone Methodist church (which has been recently renovated), Nature Center, Visitor’s Center, the old office building, and several outdoor locations. It lasts until 3 a.m. The Tri-State Shadow Chasers will review the evidence and if they find anything they’ll set a time for people to come review the evidence. TIP: Big Bone Lick State Park is near Burlington, Kentucky, which isn’t too far from Wilder, Kentucky, home of the infamous Bob Mackey’s Music World. You could make a weekend of it: tap your toes to tunes on Friday night at Bob Mackey’s, the do Big Bone Lick the next night.
- Beyond Ghosts Paranormal 101 at the Van Horn Mansion. On March 19, 2010 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.they’ll discuss investigation techniques and then let you put them into practice. It’s also a charity event to benefit the Newfane Historical Society. Cost: $50.
- Beyond Ghosts at the Kelly Hotel. This event takes place on March 25, 2010 starting at 7 p.m., and includes paranormal lectures, a ghost hunt, evidence reveal, and a prime rib buffet with all the fixings. (Food…my kind of event!) Cost: $50.
- The Amazing Cemetery Crawl 5. My bud Autumnforest from Ghost Hunting Theories shared this one with me. Debe Branning of MVD Ghostchasers, who’s also the Arizona Haunted Sites Examiner, has put on this event the last few years. Autumnforest has both participated in and helped with it and says it’s an absolute hoot. It sounds like a blast. Debe summed it up best in one of her articles: “The Amazing Cemetery Crawl, an annual event hosted by the MVD Ghostchasers, takes ghost hunters on a road trip through Arizona following rhyming clues, stopping at cemeteries, historic detours, and many tasks and duties to earn their way to winning prizes. Along the way, contestants learn about haunted sites, backroad cemeteries, famous gravesites, and enjoy an evening in a haunted location. This exhausting 36 hour road rally is unlike anything else in Arizona.” This year the fun takes place on April 10, 2010. Contact Debe Branning for more info: email@example.com.
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Right before I was fixing to hit “post” I saw this next event is actually sold out, but I decided to still include it. Sounded interesting.
- Haunted Night at Hull Maritime Museum. The museum houses whaling artifacts, including whale bones, which may or may not have anything to do with the weird occurrences noted by much of the staff. On May 15, 2010 the museum will allow visitors to spend the night (part of it at least, from 10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.) exploring the mysteries that might lurk in this 140-year-old building. The event is put on by Most Haunted Nites and will benefit Kidney Research UK.
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