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National Ghost Hunting Day October 1st


If you like ghost hunting and you haven’t already heard, you’re going to love what’s happening this Saturday, October 1: the first National Ghost Hunting Day. (Of course we had to include it on our Weird Holidays & Observances calendar.)

To celebrate it, the organizer, Haunted Journeys, has created an event that they’re touting as the “World’s Largest Ghost Hunt.” (Which we were sure to note on our Ghost Hunting Events page.)

It’s a pretty cool concept. In a nutshell:

  • Starting at 10 p.m. EST on October 1st, National Ghost Hunting Day will kick off from Scarefest.
  • Teams from around the country will start investigating haunted locations.
  • The investigations will be live streamed for all to witness.

The Paranormal Investigation Teams

On the National Ghost Hunting Day’s site, there is a “The Event” tab at the top of the Home page. Under it is a section for the Ghost Hunting Teams.

Unfortunately, there appears to only be five teams signed up to participate. They are:

  1. Emerald Coast Paranormal Concepts from Pensacola, Florida
  2. Rutherford County Paranormal Investigators from Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  3. Tri-State Ohio Paranormal Society from Hamilton, Ohio
  4. Ghost Quest Paranormal Investigation Team from Ocala, Florida
  5. Explorers of Spirit Phenomena from Bradenton, Florida

The Haunted Locations

Here’s the places the above teams have chosen to investigate for the National Ghost Hunting Day:

  • Poasttown Elementary School in Middletown, OHio
  • Fort Smith Historical Site in Ocala, Florida (A little confusing. The name of the location says Fort Smith but the link actually clicks through to Fort King National Historic Landmark.)
  • Ryan’s Irish Tavern in Hamilton, Ohio
  • Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • The Russ House in Marianna, Florida
  • The May-Stringer House in Brooksville, Florida
  • The Hinsdale House in Hinsdale, New York

That last location leads me to believe there may be an additional New York ghost hunting team that hasn’t officially been listed on the site yet. In fact, there may be a glitch in the system…

Actually More Teams Signed Up?

There might actually be more ghost hunting teams and haunted locations than the website is currently showing.

A quick scan of their Facebook page references other teams and their paranormal locations than is listed on the National Ghost Hunting Day website.

Which would make me mad if I was part of one of the teams, because the organizers required both an application and a fee to participate, which allegedly goes to “…the needed administrative costs necessary for the event’s operations and promotions.”

With “promotions” also meaning:

By your team participating in this event, you and the associated haunted location will receive notable public recognition and publicity. Your team will be promoted (with links back to your website) throughout various well-ranked websites.

But since Facebook is a “well-ranked website” maybe they’re considering that as link-back enough?

Which is fine. FB is useful for a lot. It’s just not an efficient source for listing ghost hunting teams and the haunted locations they’ll be investigating. Not when they have a site with tabs to list that information.

But that’s just the neat and tidy Virgo in me showing through.

What do you think?

Are you excited for the first National Ghost Hunting Day? Will you be watching the live stream? Or will your team be one of the paranormal investigators on location at a haunted place somewhere?

Learn More

National Ghost Hunting Day Website:

National Ghost Hunting Day Facebook:

National Ghost Hunting Day Twitter: @GhostHuntingDay

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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