While many festivals are hosted at some random convention hall, there’s that fest every once in a while that will blow you away with its insane location. When those rare fests do pop up, it’s not something you can get away with missing out on. At least, not if you don’t want to be haunted for the rest of your life. The San Antonio Paranormal Fest is coming to the city this September, and will be hosted at the most haunted inn in all of San Antonio.
Victoria’s Black Swan Inn and Curious Twins Paranormal & Ghost Tours are partnering up to bring us the greatest spooky fest of the season. On Saturday, September 14th from 5 to 11 PM, you can take part in an abundance of super fun activities they have planned for the night. Psychics and mediums, ghost hunter booths, creepy San Antonio lore and more will be making an appearance, which means every horror fanatic will too!
For only $40, you can enjoy tons of live entertainment, tasty food, a boozy bar and more. Early bird tickets are $35 and at the gate tickets are $45. VIP tickets are available as well, and unlike some other fests, these are actually super worth the purchase. VIP ticket holders will be able to explore the property… after everyone has left! Yes, staff will be there just in case something… happens. While you’re there exploring after hours, you’ll also get a ghost tour and experience a cemetery exhibition. Boo!
This night is sure to be a blast and get you more than ready for October, aka the spookiest of all months. Staying in and watching a scary movie or telling ghost stories is fun, but why not do something more unique? Well, here’s your chance!
San Antonio Paranormal Fest 2019
Address: 1006 Holbrook Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78218
Why you need to go: This is going to be the best event of the fall season! It’s relatively cheap to attend and has so much to do the entire time you’re there.
When most people think of the paranormal, their first thought is of a haunted house or a haunted cemetery. But many people forget that there are just as many haunted highways out there! And not just in obscure, middle-of-nowhere locations in the United States — all over the world! If you live near any of these locations, you probably know the legends…but outsiders often don’t. Next time you travel, see if you come across any of the roads listed below. It might explain any creepy feelings or mysterious experiences you encounter on your trip! That is, if you believe in such things. Either way, keep your eyes peeled when traveling on these haunted highways!
10-SHADES OF DEATH ROAD, USA
It should come as no surprise that a road called Shades of Death is suspected to be haunted. Located in Warren County, New Jersey, some say the ghosts of various people robbed and killed by highwaymen back in the day haunt the area. There were also three different unsolved murders that took place on the road in the 1920s and 1930s, and the victims are said to haunt the road as well.
Most fascinating of the lore surrounding Shades of the Death Road is the legend that there is a Native American spirit who can turn into a deer and jump in front of your car at night, causing you to crash.
9-BEI YI HIGHWAY, TAIWAN
The Bei Yi Highway is winding and moves through mountainous regions. There was a time where conditions weren’t the best, resulting in many auto accidents and fatalities on this highway. Despite improvements in infrastructure, there are still said to be frequent accidents. Rumors began to swirl that it was due to the angry spirits that still roam there.
People have since begun to burn joss paper (aka ghost money) on the highway in hopes of appeasing the spirits and warding the evil off. Joss papers are a traditional burnt offering that originated from Chinese culture. Some say you will constantly see the remnants of ghost money as you drive along the highway.
8-BELCHEN TUNNEL, SWITZERLAND
This road is home to the “Belchen Tunnel White Lady,” an apparition of an elderly woman dressed in all white. The first murmurings of a White Lady spotting came in a newspaper article in 1981. Since then, more and more people claim to have seen this ghostly woman. Two women even claim to have picked her up in 1986. They said they asked the woman if she was feeling well, and she responded that she wasn’t. The white lady then warned that “something really awful” was going to happen before vanishing from the car. The tunnel was renovated in 2003, but it’s been said that the White Lady still lurks.
7-STOCKSBRIDGE BYPASS, UNITED KINGDOM
Known as the most haunted road in Britain, the bypass is rumored to have been built on cursed land. As legend tells it, a monk who was kicked out of his church and lost his faith was buried in an unholy grave. It’s also said that a mine shaft used to be located there, and many children fell down it and died. Now, both the monk and various children are spotted frequently. Some have spotted a group of children in old-fashioned clothing dancing and singing in a circle before fading into nothingness. In addition, some of the deadliest car accidents in the area have occurred on this road. Coincidence?
6-A3 MOTORWAY, CROATIA
This dangerous highway is known for many deadly accidents, including accidents that killed people of prominence like Macedonian singer Toše Proeski in 2007 and Croatian actress Dolores Lambaša in 2013. Legend has it that workers used cement from tombstones and material from monuments and graves to make the highway and that many of the youths at the time also mocked the graves.
Now, drivers report losing concentration, losing radio signal, and losing control of their vehicle. Some even say they felt their car was being pulled by a mysterious force in the opposite direction of where they were trying to go. And of course, there are multiple sightings of a little ghost girl who will disappear when you try to help her.
5-E8 EXPRESSWAY, MALAYSIA
Also known as the Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway, the E8 Expressway is the location of many urban legends. The arguably most popular one tells the story of a mother, father, and baby whose car broke down. After failed attempts to fix it, the father decided to walk down the road and look for the nearest phone booth. He instructed his wife to not leave the car for any reason, so she obeyed him even when there was a loud, repetitive banging on the top of the car.
Police officers finally arrived, helped the mother and baby escape the vehicle, and instructed them not to look back. The mother did anyway and saw a ghoul-like creature hitting her husband’s decapitated head on the roof. Gross.
A tamer legend is of the yellow Volkswagen, which is said to appear often on the highway….with no driver.
4-RAMA IX ROAD, THAILAND
This road is only thought to be haunted by locals in recent years. The is due to a video that went viral in 2016 showing a ghostly girl sitting on a moving car. She appears rigid and expressionless despite the speed of the car. While this is the only mysterious occurrence caught on camera, many other locals have since started reporting creepy, disappearing hitchhikers. One taxi driver claims he picked up two women dressed in all black that seemed to disappear from his car. Later, his car stalled on a set of train tracks, and the girls from before appeared in front of him with blood running down their faces. He was eventually able to escape the tracks in time.
3-TUEN MUN ROAD, HONG KONG
This busy roadway is said to have had hundreds of fatal accidents occur on it, and the spirits of those accidents are causing more accidents and thus, the creation of more spirits. Many locals insist that ghostly apparitions will suddenly appear in front of you, causing drivers to swerve in order to avoid them — often resulting in an accident. And if that accident is fatal, then there is now another ghost added to the mix, ready to cause more chaos. In 2003, a bus crash on the road resulted in the deaths of 21 people. The specific people who lost their lives are recognized walking along the road often.
2-N9 ROAD, SOUTH AFRICA
This road is home to what is called the “Uniondale Phantom Hitchhiker” who has come to be known as “Maria.” Maria died in a car accident on N9 Road in 1968. On Good Friday in 1976, a man picked up a hitchhiker who looked exactly like Maria and was wearing the same clothes she died in. As many of these hitchhiker stories go, Maria eventually vanished from his car with no explanation. It wasn’t until a journalist showed the man a picture of Maria that he realized he had picked up a ghost. A motorcyclist had a similar encounter on Good Friday in 1978. And On Good Friday in 1980, another motorcyclist claims he was riding past the area where Maria had died when he felt something. He looked down and there were hands wrapped tightly around his waist. He also felt a few knocks on his helmet before the hands disappeared.
1-NATIONAL HIGHWAY 33, INDIA
Approximately 245 people have died on National Highway 33 since 2010, so it only makes sense that there have been tons of ghost sightings. Just like Tuen Mun Road in Hong Kong, the spirits of past accidents are said to be the causes of future accidents.
Locals have become so terrified of traveling on these roads, two temples were erected near both the entrance and the exit of the highway so that people can pray as they pass. Unfortunately, many locals claim their prayers aren’t helping and are spreading the word that it’s a haunted highway where “prayers don’t work.”
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Nate starts whistling the theme tune of The X-Files as he swerves off the freeway and onto a dirt road. “This is it,” he shouts, over the roar and rattle of his old jeep. “The entrance to Area 51.”
One of America’s leading UFO authorities, Nate could easily be an X-Files character himself, but today he’s working his day job — for Airbnb. Last month, the online platform launched its Airbnb Adventures programme: more than 200 hosted journeys on six continents, lasting between two and 10 days, with a maximum of 12 people per trip. A three-day paranormal tour of the American southwest is one of the flagship offerings, and I’m the first UK journalist to sign up.
Even though the scientific community dismisses the existence of demons and ghosts, paranormal investigators strongly assure that these otherworldly entities are real.
Stories regarding demons and ghosts have always grabbed the eyeballs of people all across the globe. Even though there are no scientific bases regarding these stories, due to their eerie nature, many people love to believe in these imaginary entities, often backed by mythological concepts. However, several paranormal hunters including Ed and Lorraine Warren, the legendary ghost hunting couples strongly believe that these otherworldly entities are real. Hindu mythology also suggests that ghosts are real, and these are actually wandering human souls who fail to cross the Vaitarani river, a water body mentioned in Garuda Purana.
Even though not scientifically proven, International Business Times, India, presents you five signs that indicate the presence of ghosts in your house, as per the inputs from paranormal investigators.
Bizarre behaviour of pets
Paranormal experts believe that pets have the capability to see ghostly entities due to their impeccable eye power. As per these paranormal hunters, human eyes do not have the capacity to see ghosts due to its limitations, but animals including dogs and cats can see these entities.
When pets see these entities, they will start behaving strangely, and this is one of the main indications that a ghost is roaming in your household. If you see your pet dog barking at empty air, it is a clear sign that he or she may have witnessed a demon.
In a book named ‘True Tales of the Ouija Board‘, author Stephen Wagner has revealed one such incident that illustrates the connection between pets and ghosts. In the book, Wagner narrates an incident where a group of girls played with an Ouija board. Later, a spirit was contacted, and it unexpectedly mentioned their dogs. The girls asked the spirit why dogs were mentioned, and the spirit replied, ”You will see”.
Soon after they lost the contact with the spirit, dogs outside their house started behaving strangely, and these pets started screaming without any particular reason. Shockingly, the girls also found burn marks on one of the dogs.
The sighting of shadow people
Creepy stories regarding shadow people has perplexed people for years. The fear of the dark is common among people, and experts believe that this is one of the main reasons behind these mysterious visual hallucinations. For example, a jacket hanging on the door could be easily misinterpreted as a standing human figure in mild darkness. However, paranormal investigators believe that these dark human figures are real, and they are actually ‘shadow people’.
One such case of witnessing a shadow person was recently shared to International Business Times by a content writer in Kerala. The content writer who goes by the pseudo name Jyothi revealed that she saw a dark humanoid figure multiple times in the recent past.
“Yesterday night I had the experience. My husband was sleeping downstairs, as he had pain in his hand. I was not at all sleepy. Then I read some magazines and laid down to sleep. I had just dozed off then suddenly opened my eyes. Shockingly, I saw a black apparition near my cot. The dark entity was standing near my baby. I was horrified. I saw a head, just a head, but it had no face, only black mass. I have seen this body twice before,” said Jyothi.
However, upon expert consultation, Jyothi came to know that the dark mass she saw was nothing but her own fear that appeared in front of her face due to mental pressure.
Damaged religious symbols
This is one of the classic evidence that your house is haunted by demons or ghosts. Several paranormal investigators had previously revealed that damaged religious symbols can be seen in houses where demons exist. Paranormal hunters from western countries have several times accounted that they saw an inverted cross (satanic cross) during their visits to haunted houses.
A few years back, one such incident occurred in a Hindu Family in Kerala. A woman who goes by the pseudo name Shikha started behaving violently after her husband returned from Sabarimala, a Hindu temple. It all happened when Shikha’s husband gave her the holy prasadam (blessed food from temple). Soon, Shikha’s husband took her to a psychiatrist, and the expert revealed that she is suffering from psychosis.
Even after the doctor prescribed her Aripiprazole tablets, the condition of Shikha worsened day by day. Soon, she started witnessing a soul named ‘Savithri’, a woman who lived in the 18th century. Surprisingly, Shikha started behaving like Savithri, and she even started speaking Sanskrit fluently. Upon investigation conducted by her husband along with his police officer dad using the inputs provided by Shikha, it has been discovered that a lady by name Savithri lived in Ottappalam, Kerala.
The descendants of Savithri revealed that she had committed suicide, and hearing this, Shikha’s husband decided to give a shot by conducting ‘Moksha Pooja’ to Savithri’s soul. Surprisingly, after the pooja, Shikha became perfectly alright, and she has not shown any signs of possession in the past six years.
However, experts have a different story to tell. As per experts, Shikha’s husband was so self-obsessed, and he failed to give sufficient care to his wife since the day of marriage. In order to make her husband care for her, Shikha’s sub-conscious mind has created a figure named ‘Savithri’. But the mystery still continues, as a person named Savithri had lived in Ottappalam in the exact timeline mentioned by Shikha during the time of possession.
This is another common issue often faced by people in a house possessed by demons. Many people have described the sensation of the presence of someone around them when they are alone in the home.
Even though psychologists consider this as the trick played by the human mind, paranormal investigators assure that these are hidden souls who try to play hide and seek game with humans.
Ghosts and demons love to stay in dark cold rooms. If you find any particular area in your home with extremely low temperature, then it is an indication that ghosts are living there.
Paranormal investigators suggest that people may feel sudden nightmarish sightings in their inner mind when they enter these cold rooms.
On any ordinary day, the idea for a haunted ghost tour might seem silly. But when October rolls around, the daunting atmosphere takes a universal hold, and people can’t help but get into the spooky spirit. Thankfully, there are plenty of ghost tours in America for horror fans and paranormal lovers.
Ghost tours pop up all around during the festive time of year, but the best ones are the ones with an evergreen ghost story behind it. Cities like Chicago and Boston are known for their haunting encounters, and you can find this kind of history throughout the States. These specific locations capitalize on their haunting reputation, making for some of the most frightening ghost tours. Check out the 10 scariest ghost tours in America.Continue Scrolling To Keep Reading
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10- NEW ORLEANS HAUNTED HISTORY GHOST TOUR
New Orleans decimating paranormal history should have travelers running for cover, but instead, they are asking the town for more. And they get what they ask for in the form of the New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour.
There are over ten different terrifying options to choose from, but thankfully, you’re with a group. Each tour highlights New Orlean’s spooky history, including the tales of chilling cries from criminal Delphine LaLaurie’s tortured victims.
9- YBOR CITY GHOST TOUR
Ybor City near Tampa, Florida might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of haunted ghost tours, but theirs is definitely one of the most terrifying.
These historic streets are reputed with apparitional sightings, and visitors get to feel it for themselves during these tours. For anyone feeling particularly courageous, you can take your electromagnetic energy detector and venture off to find some ghosts of your own.
8- GHOST WALK OF GATLINBURG
Gatlinburg has treacherous tales of murder and loss from the past 100 years. Their ghost tours dig into the old folklore, with the guides even dressing the part of the historic tales. It takes hikers over an hour to get through this venture, so there is sure to be a sighting or two within your group.
Attendees get their own EMF detector as well, which you can use if you think you can handle walking around Gatlinburg’s decrepit graveyards by yourself… at night.
7- GHOSTS OF CHARLESTON TOUR
Charleston, South Carolina’s ghost tour is teeming with five-star reviews. Whether this means that guests were able to feel the essence of horror or they actually saw a spirit remains to be discovered. What is sure, however, is that the Ghosts of Charleston Tour is sure to raise up your goosebumps.
The guides take their group on careful walks throughout the city, making sure to stop by those places most known for their ghostly sightings. The Unitarian Church Graveyard will be your final stop, where you can edge your way through the mass of 18th-century gravestones. Ths resting place is normally closed to the public, but this ghost tour gives you one-night-only exclusive access.
6- SALEM WITCH WALK
The Salem Witch Walk offers a unique experience as you are taken on a ghost tour with actual paranormal investigators. This small town by the sea is famous for its tragic 17th-century witch trials that ended in the murder of innocent people.
It is said that many of these poor women still haunt the town of Salem to this day. See for yourself as you explore the original witch dungeon. There are even still tombstones of those fallen and of a trial judge at the Old Burying Point Cemetery.
5- GETTYSBURG GHOST TOURS
The Gettysburg Ghost Tours in Pennsylvania are so popular that the city decided to keep the attraction year-round. Named one of America’s top haunted tours, this exploration takes attendees to the site of the United States Civil War’s bloodiest battle. Lost soldiers have been sighted on these grounds for decades and this ghost tour helps to draw them out.
You can take part in the less torturous wine walk where you will just learn the history of the Battle of Gettysburg. For the braver souls in your group, however, there is an interactive ghost hunt led by a paranormal professional who will help you communicate with the undead.
4- HAUNTED HAIGHT WALKING TOUR
San Francisco’s Haunted Haight Ghost Tours are known to one of the top rates and scariest excursions in California. Guests must be prepared to listen to the city’s most morbid stories for the entirety of the two-hour journey.
Not only will you hear about mass murderers and paranormal sightings, but you will be taken to the bay’s most excruciatingly terrifying locations.
3- SHERIFF’S GHOST WALK TOURS
St. Augustine’s historical significance has graced it with popularity when it comes to haunted beings. This seaside town in Florida hosts the famously spooky Sheriff’s Ghost Walk Tours.
The tour explores the streets and cemeteries of Old Saint Augustine while trying to dissolve the mystery of whatever happened to Sheriff Guy White. This trail has paranormal sightings on almost every tour, with pictures on their website to prove it!
2-HAUNTED SAVANAH TOURS
Savannah, Georgia has earned its name as America’s most haunted city. The Haunted Savanah Tours explores haunted mansions and lost cemeteries, but they won’t start until after dark.
Hell Hounds are said to guard the cemetery and professional ghost hunters have been able to obtain unexplained voices with their equipment. There are statues throughout the cemetery are said to move around or completely disappear altogether, too!
1- HAUNTED HEARTLAND TOURS
Owned and operated by paranormal researcher Sherri Brake, the Haunted Heartland Tours provide an experience that you might not want to return for. There’s a reason why people find this to be one of the scariest ghost tours in America. The West Virginia ghost hunt is probably the most popular, as it takes place inside the West Virginia Penitentiary. As if staying inside an old jail cell weren’t enough, attendees will actually stay the night here.
The 1886-built prison used to be called “Bloody Alley” after over 90 executions were held here by hanging or the electric chair. This ghost tour allows fifty people to join Sherri on the massive paranormal research and hunt to get in touch with the edifice’s former prisoners.
There are many paranormal exhibits around the world, but none has felt as real as “The Devil’s Rocking Chair”. The exhibit had to close down unfortunately; this only a month after purchasing the creepy rocking chair. There is no word if the exhibit will ever open again, this was due to the intense paranormal activity that occurred after buying it.
What Paranormal Activity Happened During The Exhibit?
Plenty of paranormal activity went on during the exhibit. A power cord pulling itself out of the wall, a light focussing on the rocking chair, five tour guides crying uncontrollably, a woman in the first group fainting. The chair is also believed to be the focus point of “The Conjuring 3″. Needless to say, this is a chair with tons of history and ties to none other than Lorraine Warren, the famous paranormal investigator.
What Is The History Of The Chair?
The Devil’s Rocking Chair was recently purchased by Zak Bagans, the man from the paranormal series “Ghost Adventures”. The chair was supposed to be the main attraction at his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, but the paranormal activity surrounding the chair threw a spanner in the works.
There is a lot of history surrounding this chair, dating back to the 1980s. The case was referred to as “The Devil Made Me Do It”, and was investigated by none other than Ed and Lorraine Warren, whose cases have been featured in movies such as “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle“. The case involved an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly possessed. Catholic priests attempted to rid the boy from the possession, but during the exorcism, the chair would levitate and start to rock by itself. Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to have seen the devil sitting inside the chair.
After several days of exorcism, the demon was expelled from the boy. However, it is believed the demon jumped into Arne Cheyenne Johnson, the little boy’s sister. Some months later, Arne would kill her landlord during an argument, stating that a demon made her do it. Even though both Ed and Lorraine Warren testified at her trail, the judge convicted her for first degree murder.
A book was also written about the case in 1983, called “The Devil In Connecticut”. There is also a movie in the making that will be released in 2020, “The Conjuring 3“. It is believed the Devil’s Rocking Chair and its history will be the focus of that movie.
As mentioned earlier, the Devil’s Rocking Chair was eventually sold for 67,000 dollars. The chair was sold by David’s brother Carl Glazel. While the chair remained in their family after the weird events, Carl was set to move and did not want to take the creepy chair with him.
According to Carl, nobody should ever sit in the chair. It is said that people who dare sit in it face some medical problems shortly afterwards. Some who did even required surgery. Interestingly, the chair was only sold a couple of hours before the death of Lorraine Warren, another creepy coincidence that surrounds this chair.
Visit At Your Own Peril
While I certainly understand people’s fascination with the paranormal, I would not be visiting the chair myself. If such items are not protected properly, it could certainly lead to problems. Lorraine Warren is no longer here, so one does have to ask why Zac thought it would be a good idea to display this creepy chair without any help from someone who has a bit more experience with this kind of thing. He may be a paranormal investigator, but I doubt he foresaw the trouble this rocking chair would bring to his exhibit.
22-year-old actor playing the role of Mary Ellen – the babysitter to young Judy whose parents are renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren – talked about an on set scary incident.
WASHINGTON: Madison Iseman, who is all set to feature in ‘Annabelle Comes Home’, revealed that there were moments during the shoot that left the cast and crew of the horror film terrified.
On being asked, “Were you ever genuinely scared from the creepy moment that your director, Gary Dauberman had on set?”
Madison told The Hollywood Reporter, “I really wasn’t even scared until one of the nights where we were shooting on location. One of our publicists on set started telling us all the stories about Patrick [Wilson] and Vera [Farmiga] of the first Conjuring. It was something like everyone’s clocks kept stopping at 3:15 in the morning or something weird. That’s when they started doing the initial set blessing.”
The 22-year-old actor who is playing the role of Mary Ellen – the babysitter to a young girl named Judy whose parents happen to be renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren – talked about another incident that was scary.
“There were a couple of times in our dressing rooms where the lights wouldn’t turn on and we wouldn’t get cell service. During this one sequence, Mckenna (who played Judy) and I would run up the stairs and every time we ran up the stairs, we would hear this knock in threes. It could’ve just been the set cracking, but it was definitely enough to scare the crap out of us,” she said.
Other than Madison the film also stars, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace and Katie Sarife and is slated to hit the theatres on June 28, this year in four languages — English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Stay up to date on all the latest Entertainment English news with The New Indian Express App. Download now(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit ‘Click to Subscribe’. Follow the instructions after that.)
Horror fans unite. Ghostly fictional tales are fun, but it’s always more exciting when a terrifying ghost story is allegedly true and real-life, don’t you think? Enter the “Dear David” Twitter saga, on of my favorite Twitter threads in all of creepy history. If you happened to follow the “Dear David” drama, then you definitely got a dose of the slightly-terrifying excitement of a real-life creepshow that I’m talking about.
If you’re unfamiliar with the viral online tale and need the abridged version, in August 2017 a writer named Adam Ellis started Tweeting about strange happenings in his apartment, claiming it was haunted by a dead child known as “Dear David” who had visited him in a dream state. He updated his followers on the Dear David saga for months to come — highlights of which include creepy photos, videos, and sound recordings, prophetic dreams/nightmares, and apparent continued visits from Dear David himself. All in all, the ongoing Twitter horror story was both frightening and engrossing, and his one million followers were nothing short of addicted to the beyond-terrifying tale (which you can read more about here). And much to the delight of horror film fans, Ellis’ alleged real-life experience is reportedly now being adapted for the big screen.
That said, there are a ton of frightening real-life ghost stories that are just like Dear David in their creepiness levels. Ghosts of dead kids, animals acting strangely, photographic evidence of paranormal activity, and even physical contact with ghosts are all haunting threads that the following ghost stories share with the Dear David saga. Hope you’re not home alone when you read up on these terrifying and reportedly-true tales.
So if allegedly true ghost stories are your cup of tea, read on. If not, maybe go watch some videos of cute, fluffy kittens to clear your mental palette and exit this window immediately.
The Haunting Of Hotel Monte Vista
Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona is the setting for a slew of terrifying real-life ghost stories, many of which involve creepy kids like our good ol’ buddy Dear David. According to the hotel’s website, some guests of the hotel — including children — report seeing a little boy wandering the halls and hearing a child’s voice as if he’s walking right behind you. Some people even claim that the boy’s ghost physically touched them. Not chill. Guests of the hotel have also experienced other disturbing occurrences, such as “cold male hands” touching them as they try to sleep, TV channels changing at random and light bulbs mysterious unscrewing themselves, and some male guests having “the feeling of … hands placed over their mouths and throats, and awakening unable to breathe.”
Perhaps most terrifying of all is the reported sound of infants screaming in the hotel’s basement. “The disturbing sounds of an infant crying in the basement have been heard again and again,” explained the hotel’s site. “Staff have found themselves running upstairs to escape the sound of the cries. Though … there has been no information that has explained this phenomenon.” If you’re literally nuts and want to experience this horror for yourself, you can book yourself a night at the hotel. Please bring sage and all your protective crystals if so.
Children Of The Ursuline Convent
New Orleans is apparently bursting with paranormal activity, as it’s a hot-spot for ghost hunters, but one spot that’s particularly creepy (and reminiscent of Dear David in it’s child ghosty-ness) is the Ursuline Convent and the strange occurrences reported there. According to Ghost City Tours, people have reported the loud and unexplained sounds of children on multiple occasions outside the building. As explained on their site, “both our guides and our guests reported hearing the sounds of children playing in the courtyard of the Ursuline Convent at 10 p.m. There were no children there.” Apparently, the closer people get to the convent, the louder the sounds become, despite there being no children present. Some people even report seeing the apparition of a child. Ghost City Tours suspect the haunting experiences are “the sounds of the past playing over and over again,” which makes no one feel better about anything. Why are the spirits of these children trapped at this old convent? Unless you plan to bring a Ouija board out there yourself and try to find out, it continues to remain an all-too-creepy mystery.
Child Ghost Calling Out For “Mommy” On Video
Huff Paranormal on YouTube
No grandiose hotel or haunted convent here — just a good ol’ family home haunted by the ghost of a dead child. OK then. According to the video’s description, the poster had had “things” (ghosts?) following him around in his home for more than a year, but was prompted to take a video with his GoPro camera after noticing that his dog had spent the last few nights appearing to chase, follow, and stare at some invisible entity. After his dog started up with his mysterious nightly antics, this video was filmed — and the results, if they’re as real as the poster claims they are, are creepy as all heck.
If you watch the video, you’ll hear what sounds like the word “Mommy” being called out in a childlike voice in response to the poster trying to communicate with the entity. As the short video goes on, there are more mysterious mumblings coming from the supposed ghost child. They’re harder to make out, but some sound like a child is calling out “Come over here,” and “I’m on the rug now.” Grateful AF that no child ghosts have appeared in any of my living spaces. And despite the Twitter fame that could result from such an experience, I’d really like to keep it that way.
Ghost Girls’ Haunting Photo At The Shining‘s Infamous Hotel
We’ve all seen The Shining (if you haven’t, please do — it’s one of the best horrors of all time), and are therefore familiar with the mega-creepy vibes of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, where some of the movie was filmed. In June of 2017, a family reportedly attended a “spirit tour” at the hotel, but it wasn’t until they got home that they realized the ghostly vibes may have been all too real. A photograph reportedly taken by the family of the hotel’s staircase appears to show two ghostly figures of young girls — despite the fact that no one matching this description was present during the tour. Um, this eerily gives us flashes of the terrifying Grady twins who wander the hallways of The Shining‘s Overlook Hotel in the film.
Gotta love a good poltergeist story, and this one is considered very true and very unexplained. According to Haunted Rooms’ website, the three women who made up the Beck family moved into an Indianapolis home in the 1960s. Strange and mysterious things began to take place, such as a cup reportedly moving on its own, and other objects crashing to the ground while everyone in the house was on a different floor. Their family existence wasn’t a peaceful one — the household suffered a lot of stress and turmoil, which only seemed to encourage the ghostly spirit in its antics. Eventually things spiraled, ending with objects and glassware being smashed to the ground while the women were home, and the members of the family having unexplained scratches and bruises on their body. The events were investigated, but to this day, much of what took place in the house has no explanation.
The Drowning Pool Of Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island, a small isle along Lake Huron that’s part of Michigan, has a very dark past. This spot is the site of a ton of reported paranormal activity — but one of the most chilling and malevolent parts of this tourist destination is known as the “drowning pool,” which is a body of water with a 20-foot drop off. According to Todd Clements, a historian and the founder of the Haunts of Mackinac ghost tours, seven women who were suspected of being witches had rocks tied to their feet and were thrown into the water. All the women drowned. To this day, there are reported hauntings at the pool. “We’ve seen shadows come out of water that make no noise or ripples,” said Clements in an interview with Midland Daily News. “We’ve heard huge splashes that were too big to be fish and no one is around.” I have chills just thinking about it.
The Exorcism Of Young Roland Doe
Child hauntings: A notably creepy-ass combo. But if you’re on the “Dear David” train, then we already know it’s your chill-inducing cup o’ tea. Enter the true story of Roland Doe, a 13-year-old boy from Washington, DC who was reportedly possessed by demons in 1949. According to accounts published on ATI, the child would “enter a trance-like state and start making sounds in a guttural voice,” among other disturbing paranormal phenomena. A reverend who was working with the child reportedly claimed he “saw an ‘X’ appear in scratches on Ronald’s chest,” and described an incident in which “a pitchfork-shaped pattern of red lines moved from the boy’s thigh and snaked down towards his ankle.”
These are just a few haunting details of what turned out to be one of the most horrifying alleged demon possessions in history. In fact, Roland Doe’s possession and subsequent exorcism was reportedly the basis for the famed horror film The Exorcist.
This article was originally published on September 26, 2018 and was updated on June 28, 2019.
Look out, you ghouls. Ghost Hunters‘Grant Wilson has assembled a new paranormal detective team, and they’re about to document a fresh series of spooky searches when the iconic series returns to TV this summer as part of A&E’s big new push into the realms of the unknown.
Via Deadline, Ghost Hunters will stalk onto A&E after a half-decade hiatus from its old haunts at SYFY, where the original show aired for 11 seasons. The venerable docu-series is only the biggest name among a whole crypt full of new supernatural show debuts the network announced this week.
Wilson, whom fans know has been with Ghost Hunters right from the start, will reportedly form the core of the new group as the new crew lugs all that super-sensitive spirit-sussing equipment from one destination to the next. A&E teased the show’s return with a new preview clip that suggests there’re still plenty of unexplored mysteries totally ripe for the Ghost Hunters brand of scrutiny:
A&E on YouTube
“Engaging forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available, the new squad will help everyday people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena,” A&E teases. ”The team is committed to discovering the truth to give relief to those plagued by paranormal activity and will follow the evidence they uncover wherever it may lead.”
Ghost Hunters is set to debut on Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. ET, but it’s only the tip of the deep, dark paranormal iceberg that A&E is mining for scares with its spectral new lineup. The network also announced four new or reimagined series — including series reboots for Psychic Kids (which will air immediately after Ghost Hunters) and Celebrity Ghost Stories (premiering this fall). Also in the lineup are Trey the Texas Medium and World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt — a pair of new, tentatively named shows that take viewers on new voyages to get to the bottom of the things that go bump in the night.
Trey the Texas Medium reportedly will run as a 12-episode series and focus on Texas businessman Trey Ganem, “who creates one of a kind, custom caskets, and while refining his skills as a master carpenter, cultivated his deeper talent of mediumship,” reports Deadline. World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt will reportedly be a standalone event that locks five paranormal hunters inside Pennsylvania’s Pennhurst Asylum — and then chronicles their creepy findings in A&E’s two-hour special. Both shows are slated to debut on A&E sometime this fall.
Actress Olive Thomas, who starred in films between 1916-1920.
In the city that never sleeps, not even the dead get a chance to rest.
A number of famed New York City locales — from hotels to Broadway theaters — are said to be haunted, often by celebrity ghosts.
“New York is inherently haunted,” said paranormal investigator Adam Berry, co-host of “Kindred Spirits” on the Travel Channel. “[It’s] the energy there, the fact there are so many people — and unfortunately we all meet our maker at some point.”
And sometimes, he added, ghosts can be hiding in plain sight.
“You live in New York and . . . you always see that person who’s out of character, but you don’t pay any attention to them,” he said of strangers on the street or subway who may be wearing clothes from a long-gone period or acting in an odd way. “How do you know that they’re not a ghost?”
New Amsterdam Theatre
The story goes that, an overnight security guard was standing center stage in an empty Broadway theater when he sensed a presence behind him. Suddenly he saw a woman wearing a green dress and a necklace with blue and pink stones, with a flask in her hand. She moved across the stage, blew him a kiss — and walked right through the wall. The police were called, but nothing was found.
It happened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in 1997 — and marked the first alleged encounter with the ghost of Olive Thomas, a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl who used to perform at a rooftop nightclub atop the building.
Thomas died in 1920 on her Paris honeymoon after mistaking mercury bichloride — her husband’s syphilis medication — for a sleeping potion.
Apparently, her spirit floated across the Atlantic and back to the place she loved to perform.
During a 2007 performance of “Mary Poppins,” a patron was directed by “a beautiful young lady” at the top of the aisle, though no usher had been stationed there. Another time, a stagehand saw legs wearing high heels strut down a staircase — only to disappear.
There are also invisible encounters. While walking out of the theater one night, Dana Amendola, vice president of operations at Disney Theatrical Group, felt a tug on his shirt.
“I thought it was one of my employees,” he said. “I turned around and no one was there.”
“I think in her very short life, her happiest moments were here,” said Amendola of Thomas.
Now there’s a photo of her at every exit door — performers and staff blow her image a kiss when they leave.
“Maybe we’re keeping her happy,” Amendola said.
The Friars Club
Midtown’s Friars Club is famed for its celebrity roasts — maybe even among ghosts.
The members-only comedy establishment, now in its 115th year, has had reports of phantom footsteps, invisible touches and bizarre noises.
“We don’t know who’s haunting the Friars Club,” said investigator Adam Berry, who visited the club for a 2011 TV show. “We assume it’s someone familiar with the space, someone who obviously was a member — and someone who’s continuing to make jokes in the afterlife.”
Indeed, the hauntings don’t seem meant to terrify. When Berry and his team were there, they heard a knock on one of the locker-room toilet stalls. After they went to examine it, more noises started coming from upstairs.
“[The ghost is] doing it like, ‘Look at these idiots,’ ” Berry said with a laugh. “It was very playful..”
Speculation has attributed the activity to the ghost of vaudeville performer Al Kelly, 67, who died of a heart attack in the club’s dining room in 1966.
“[The ghost] probably had some of the happiest times of their life there,” said Berry. “If [it is Kelly], maybe somebody gave him a joke to die for.”
Midtown’s legendary Algonquin Hotel isn’t just a place where tourists can kick up their feet at the end of the day. It’s also known as a home to an otherworldly presence.
“Objects appear and disappear,” said “Ghosts and Murders of Manhattan” author Elise Gainer. “People have seen apparitions.”
It’s believed that the hotel’s chief ghost is none other than Dorothy Parker — the writer and satirist who began hosting her raucous Algonquin Round Table lunches, which included New Yorker founder Harold Ross, comedian Harpo Marx and playwright George S. Kaufman, there 100 years ago.
“[People] have seen the full-bodied apparition of Dorothy in the lobby area,” said Gainer of Parker, who spent nearly every day in the hotel for more than a decade. “Her energy returns to the place where she felt most vibrant.”
Since Parker’s 1967 death from a heart attack at Manhattan’s former Volney Hotel, Algonquin guests have heard the sound of furniture moving within rooms and mysterious songs playing in the elevator.
“It could be . . . she just gravitated back to that place because she was alive, she was witty, she was the head of the table and people adored her,” said Gainer.
The Hotel Chelsea has long been a haven for creative types, including Jack Kerouac, Edie Sedgwick and Patti Smith. But it’s also said that the 136-year-old structure is home to some funky spirits. After all, it’s seen plenty of tragedy.
Most famously, Nancy Spungen was stabbed to death in room 100 on Oct. 12, 1978; her boyfriend, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was arrested and charged with her murder, though he succumbed to a heroin overdose before the case went to trial.
The ghost supposedly most spotted by Chelsea residents is a woman named Mary.
Actor Michael Imperioli of “The Sopranos” had a chilling encounter with her in 1996. Imperioli, who declined to comment for this story, said in a 2010 episode of the TV show “Celebrity Ghost Stories” that he saw Mary late at night on the eighth floor, where he lived for two months.
“At the end [of the hallway] was a figure of a woman in the corner, kind of hunched over — her head was down, she was crying,” he said. “I called out and said ‘Are you OK?’ . . . Right after I said that, from behind me I heard a loud pop. I turned around immediately — the lightbulb in the fixture had popped, so that part of the hallway became very dark. And when I turned back around, she was completely gone.”
He eventually realized he had just seen the notorious Mary — and learned that in 1912 she had traveled to the hotel from Buffalo to welcome her new husband from a trip to England.
“Her husband had the misfortune to book passage on the Titanic and he never made it back to New York,” said Imperioli. After Mary learned of his death, “She went back to the [hotel] and hung herself in her room.”
Lately, said psychic and former resident Gabriel Marchisio, the hotel’s ghosts have been upset as the Chelsea has undergone eight years of construction to turn it into a luxury inn.
Marchisio claims that, after the demolition of a sixth-floor unit, invisible forces began cracking the glass in doors along the hallway.
“This is like a portal for another world,” said Marchisio.
White Horse Tavern
True to his famed poem, Welsh writer Dylan Thomas did not go gentle into that good night.
In 1953, Thomas allegedly downed 18 shots of whiskey at the White Horse Tavern in the West Village before stumbling outside and collapsing into a coma. (He died at the nearby former Saint Vincent’s hospital.)
It’s said, however, that his spirit remains inside the legendary bar, which has been in the news since March. Locals and regulars worry that new owners will turn the watering hole into an upscale bar. (New co-owner Steve Croman, who reopened the place May 23 with a limited menu, has said he has no such plans.)
In any case, will changes rattle Thomas’ ghost? Tipplers over the past decades have claimed to see the writer sipping drinks in his usual seat.
Some swear that mugs of beer and shots of whiskey have appeared at Thomas’ table.
And in the book “Ghost Hunting New York City,” author L’Aura Hladik Hoffman writes that in 2002, a tourist was seated at the White Horse’s bar with friends when she saw a strange man next to her raise his arm and shout “Drinks for everyone!”
But no one reacted. She turned to her friends and told them to look at the man, but when she fixed her eyes back to the spot, he was gone. Only later did she realize it was Thomas.
“How could he have left the bar so quickly?” wrote Hladik Hoffman. “That’s when it hit her: She’d seen a ghost!”