There is no question that Halloween (or Hallowe’en for some of you) is one of my favorite times of the year. The crisp breezes of autumn, apple cider, candy, dressing up in costumes, ghosts, and ghouls. What is there not to enjoy?
Well, maybe not everybody enjoys ghosts and ghouls. I grew up with all that (thanks to a childhood love of Ghostbusters and ghost stories), so it’s different for me.
Do you like them? Well, how about some spooky folklore? Here’s a few places to go check out:
- Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” (Based on the actual legend.)
- Haunted Low Country. The “Low Country” includes Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC, two of the oldest cities in the United States. Needless to say, with that much history behind them, they are also considered to be two of the most haunted cities in the US. As such, much folklore has grown up around them.
- Ghosts, Monsters, and Mysteries of the South. A smattering of various tales from the South.
Additionally, part of my television junk food during this time is ghost specials and stuff. Often these days, you’ll see a bunch of ghost hunters go into these haunted places to check them out and collect evidence of a haunting.
Unfortunately, despite their claims to the contrary, these hunts are far from scientific. They spend too much time on personal experiences, which, although important, doesn’t really strike at the heart of the thing. They also rely too much on trying to capture things on video, while making idle observations now and then about “cold spots” and spikes on their electromagnetic field meters. Their use of “scientific equipment” isn’t really very scientific.
The skeptics make good arguments about some of the voices they record; since I often cannot discern anything from some of the noise. And “creepy feelings” can be connected directly to bad wiring.
However, it all makes for good television; after all, I wouldn’t watch it if it didn’t.
I’ve given it some thought, and I think what really needs to be done in some of these places is setting up a bunch of passive sensors that can collect EM data, temperature data, and so on, rather than just video. Measure this stuff over time and plot it! Really be scientific! Maybe something interesting is happening, or maybe it’s just an artifact of the building. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes you just can’t beat solid data.
Or we could just build PKE meters and proton packs and just fix the problem.