Post by JoannaB on Sept 26, 2020 9:31:02 GMT -5
National Ghost Hunting Day - September 26, 2020
Ghosts conjure images of dilapidated Victorian mansions, specters creeping about old cemeteries in the moonlight, phantom coaches and vanishing hitchhikers. Although science, religion and academia debate their existence, everybody loves a good ghost story and in the 21st century, there are so many determined to hunt them down that four years ago, the last Saturday in September was designated National Ghost Hunting Day.
While everyone expects medieval castles, old abandoned plantation homes and historical structures such as the Tower of London and the White House to have a few spirits, sometimes, even perfectly “normal” locations are haunted. Spooks aren’t confined to crumbling ruins or the sites of grisly murders; they could be present any place where there are reports of phantom footsteps, inexplicable cold spots or other phenomena.
Those who dub themselves “paranormal investigators” are convinced it is possible to detect the presence of spirits by utilizing certain “equipment.” An overabundance of ghost-hunting shows, e.g., Ghost Hunters, in which two plumbers attempt to root out wraiths, and Ghost Adventures, wherein Zak Bagans seems to attract demons wherever he goes, have encouraged ordinary individuals, particularly teenagers, to invest in cameras, EMF kits, EVP recorders, spirit boxes and other gadgets, all of which, according to the “experts,” is absolutely necessary even for the most basic ghost-hunting endeavor. But despite the fact the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other countries are crawling with spook chasers, to date, no one has succeeded in proving the existence of ghosts.
But not everyone who loves a good ghost story is interested in hunting ghosts. Many love reading “true” stories of the paranormal and may even visit “haunted” locations, but scoff at paranormal investigators and their gadgetry. Such down-to-earth individuals consign spirits to the supernatural realm and have no desire to prove their existence.
Sources: National Day Calendar, Ghosts and Gravestones, and GhostStop.