Jeffersonians gear up for paranormal investigations
By Daylina Miller email@example.com
Oct. 31, 2014 at 10 p.m.
JEFFERSON- Although hobgoblins and spooks pounded the pavement in the form of costumed children last night, the spooky season isn't over quite yet.
Tonight, the Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk Tour is presenting its twice-annual "History, Haunts & Legends" event, a paranormal conference every April and November that sparks the imaginations of history buffs and budding ghost hunters.
Sitting around the campfire to listen to ghost stories has evolved in recent years to ghost hunting as popular television shows like "Ghost Hunters," "Ghost Adventures" and "Paranormal State," as well as a plethora of haunting movies, have inspired even more folks to create their own paranormal investigation groups.
Five local groups - Paranormal & Spirit Investigators of the South (PSI), Texas Most Haunted, North Texas Paranormal, Paranologies and Silent Wolf Paranormal - will be leading groups of about 25 through some of Jefferson's most famous haunts Saturday night and letting them use equipment utilized by the pros such as infrared cameras, electromagnetic field meters, videocameras and more.
"I tend to be the logical one, to find reason for things, but I've learned to be more open-minded over the years," said tour organizer Jodi Breckenridge. "Some things you can't find logical reasons for. "
"Whether you believe in ghosts, everybody loves to hear a good ghost story."
Ghost stories go a lot further back than current media representations, Breckenridge said.
"Some of these old locations we go to, they have ghost stories that go back a long way," Breckenridge said. "It's not just something new that popped up with the popularity of ghosts."
In 2012, travel website TripAdvisor named Jefferson to its Top 10 list of the nation's spookiest getaways and residents have embraced the title.
Tomorrow's festivities will start at 9:30 a.m. with presentations by paranormal investigators, psychics, authors, historians and more, with a catered barbecue lunch.
The night-time portion of the event starts at 8 p.m. as paranormal groups lead participants through five local haunts, McGarity's Saloon, the Khan Saloon, the Culberson House, the Old Mill Antiques building and the Segal-Wharton House.
VIP tickets, which include access to guest speakers, vendors and activities during the day, as well as the paranormal investigation that night, cost $75. It's $35 for the day portion of the event by itself and $50 for tonight's investigation.
There are just a few tickets left for the event and they can be purchased at the Jefferson Transportation & Visitors Center at 305 E. Austin St. in Jefferson or by calling (903) 601-3375.
For more information about the Jefferson Ghost Walk, which is offered every Friday and Saturday night year round, visit http://www.jeffersonghostwalk.com/.