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Monday, November 7, 2011

Under New Management……

The Salt City Ghost Seekers are undergoing some pretty exciting changes. We are renovating the site, and renovating the team!! This site will be closing soon, so please find us under our new name… and new location

~Paranormal Illumination Society~

http://paranormalilluminationsociety.blogspot.com/

We want to thank everyone for three wonderful years, and also want to say....Don't think of this as goodbye, but rather HELLO to a new adventure...

Monday, October 31, 2011

*Support Your Local Haunted Attractions*….

We have highlighted a number of really cool haunted attractions this month, spanning the nation to bring you highlights from some of the biggest and best haunted attraction around.  Now that the big day is here…Halloween… we urge you to go out and support your local Haunted Attractions.

We will be heading out to the brand new “FearFactory SLC” this evening….Despite a late start and rocky opening we are SUPER impressed with what they have been able to pull off…

Located at 666 W. 900 S. in SLC, Utah…we will see you tonight! (Please join us)!!




Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Number One Haunted Corn Maze for 2011…..

Don’t think we forgot about you Haunted Corn Maze!! According to Hauntworld.com the spot for number one haunted corn maze goes to the ‘Spookywoods Corn Maze” in High Point NC. It boasts the most massive maze in the United States with a number of cool attractions including;

House of Darkness
Enter the dark house of fun and fear.  Can you find your way out of our twisted imagination?
 
Prison Break
Jump aboard the tram and keep an eye out for the convicts. The woods are full of fugitives on the loose, they have taken control over the rail road and are plotting to derail the train.  Can your group stop these low life’s before they blow up the town?
 
Fright Lights
Hold on to your date, or any hot person near by.  It’s time to enter into Fright Lights. Find your way through our amazing laser light show where what looks like a tree might just be a slobbering monster!
 
Spookywoods
Enter into the unknown world of Spookywoods. This fall we have created some of the most creative sets in our history.  Something new and very twisted awaits our loyal fan base. This attraction is not for the faint of heart, prepare yourself for the most shocking set we have ever created as you enter into the hornets nest. Caution, how long can you hold your breath?
 
Military Zombie Shoot-out
Kersey Valley is the first haunted attraction in the USA to use this state of the art laser tag interactive technology.  Grab your laser gun and make your way through the barracks, mess hall, fuel depot, medical tent and the ammo storage area as you shoot zombies with your laser gun!  There is also mission to take out a guard on top of the tower. The crawling zombies are the easiest to kill since they don’t shoot back, but watch out for the Sargent and Boss Zombies as they do shoot back. This year FEAR FIGHTS BACK!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Best Haunted Attraction Website for 2011….

Ok boys and girls, this was a VERY difficult one indeed…. There are so many really good haunted attraction websites out there, some are scary, some are funny, some are a total assault on the senses and some just tell a really good story! Sooooo we have come up with a two first place winners, (because it was just too hard to pick an absolute favorite). These two sites combine the best of all worlds, they are creepy, they are well put together, and they are entertaining all at the same time. Check them out, explore the links, and have fun!!

Dead Acres…(In Pataskala, Ohio)
“We set out to stand out: Dead Acres is a full sensory assault. Taking you by the throat and dragging you down the rabbit hole and into the realm of heart pounding in your face horror show….”



House of Shock…(New Orleans, Louisiana)
“THE BEST PART ABOUT THE HOUSE OF SHOCK OUTDOOR HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL IS THAT IT IS ABSOLUTELY FREE!*

So if The House of Shock was too intense for you before... Now you can come out to enjoy the festival and watch all of your friends, family and total strangers get the $#!T scared out of them! There is no better entertainment than that!....”

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Best Haunted Attraction Promo for 2011…..

We have been reviewing the 2011 haunted attraction promo's from all over the nation. Some have been really well done, and believe me when I tell you some of them just plain stink…

What people in the haunting business (who make a name for themselves and are successful) have realized is that you have to market your product successfully. You may have the very best haunted attraction in the nation, but if you don’t market it well, and you do a poor job presenting yourself to the public, no one will come to see you.

It was a tough decision but we felt this years best Haunted Attraction Promo was The Headless Horseman Hayride and Haunted House in Ulster Park, New York..!!



Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Exorcism of Annelise Michel…

~Anneliese Michel
(September 21, 1952 – July 1, 1976)~

(WARNING: This audio File is VERY DISTURBING in nature)…. It is actual audio footage from the REAL exorcism and should only be listened to by consenting persons.


Quite easily the most controversial exorcism of all times …. This is the real life story that the movies “Requiem” 2006 and “The Exorcist of Emily Rose” 2005 are loosely based on.

Anneliese was born in Bavaria Germany to a strict Catholic family. At age 16 she began having convulsions and was diagnosed with epilepsy. She soon began having hallucinations, and suffered from depression, and also began hearing voices in her head.

She was admitted to a psychiatric treatment hospital but her depression and overall condition did not improve. She was given various anti psychotic medications (and many specialists believed that this would help her condition).

Anneliese and her family became convinced that she was suffering from demonic possession and during a ten month period from 1975-1976 some 76 exorcism sessions took place. Once the exorcisms began (and at her own request) the doctors and medication were no longer used.

On July 1st 1976 Anneliese died in her sleep. The autopsy report stated cause of death as malnutrition and dehydration….she only weighed 68 lbs. at the time of death.

Two years later the priest and her parents were pronounced guilty in a court of law of manslaughter resulting from negligence.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Doppelganger Apparitions, A Controversial and Hot Topic….

The word Doppelganger comes from German Folklore (Double Walker) is what the word literally means, and it refers to a paranormal double of a living person.

Here is where it gets a bit muddy….Some sources say it is an evil apparition that takes on your form (and the only entities that can do that are usually demonic in nature). Other sources say it is strictly an omen of death, if you see your Doppelganger it is the ‘grim reaper’ looking back at you, and will die shortly.


I have heard of instances however where people see themselves in past form (they see themselves in a residual haunting) meaning something that happens over and over with or without anyone noticing. And that is ALWAYS attached to a horrific event in the past. This however is not a TRUE Doppelganger, because you are not seeing yourself here and now.

The only way they have enough energy to move across the room, or turn on the faucet is if the are a very in-tune sprit, or if they are demonic in nature. A really strong ghost can move things (small things) turn on lights, etc. Only a demonic spirit can move heavy objects and hurt someone.

This is supposedly done by the manipulation of energy around the spirit. They take the energy (and negative energy is very strong) and use it to manipulate things around us.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photographing the Paranormal…..

One of our favorite “HOT” topics is catching the paranormal in photographs. I am sure many of you have taken a picture (more so in the past when you actually used FILM) and when it was developed you found odd light sources, and distorted faces. The question is; are these REALLY paranormal apparitions, or are they just defects in the film? Are they sprits, or are they just distortions of light?



The most common paranormal occurrences caught on film are;
  • Orbs
  • Vortexes
  • Ectoplasm
  • Shadow Ghosts
We have captured numerous orbs on our investigations, and I will agree some are dust, BUT I will also argue some are very debatable! Take this photo for example, taken on a calm evening with no wind… The light orb is in motion, and it appears to moving upward. Is it a bug, is it dust? Some would argue that it is…. I feel differently about this one. This orb was caught on film at the same time we cough the Edward Parr EVP.


Monday, October 10, 2011

A Haunting in Pennsylvania….Help us Decipher These EVP’s….

A really good friend of the SCGS came to us earlier this year with concern that her home may be haunted. We went back and forth on a number of possibilities and when we finally came to the conclusion that SOMETHING was going on, she decided to have her home investigated. Because she is on the other side of the country she had a local group perform the investigation.... (We would have loved to do it ourselves).

After the investigation she sent the evidence back to us so we could analyze it. We spent hours reviewing the EVP’s and felt like we came up with some good ideas of what was being said.


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We would really like for YOU to listen to these EVP’s and tell us what you think is being said. We will post our response later on this month, but this is your chance to be a ghost hunter and help us processes this data.


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You may need to turn the volume up to hear these.....


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Edwin G. Parr EVP

We were doing an investigation at the Salt Lake Cemetery and upon asking if there was anyone around us who wanted to say anything we got this chilling EVP….


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Upon further investigation, we found out that an Edwin G Parr died of pneumonia at age 13 and was buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery on June 10, 1906.   We are not decided if the EVP is saying Edward, or Edwin....(let us know what you think it says)...




Local Ghost Stories…….



This is Salt Lakes very own Jimmy Chunga’s (local DJ, Actor, and celebrity) ghost story. Those of you who live in Salt Lake may have heard this story from Chunga on 101.9 the end….and those of you who haven’t WILL want to watch this.

It takes place at the ‘This Is The Place’ monument and it is a very cool paranormal story worth watching!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

HAuNTCON 2011……

For those of you thinking of starting your own Haunted House…..(Heaven knows I would love to) you NEED to check out Hauntcon. Hauntcon is an acronym for Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention. This expo is designed by Haunters, for Haunters. It is a three day convention with tours of local haunted houses, and a tradeshow floor featuring the latest gadgetry in the industry.

One key component of Hauntcon in education, workshops, demos and seminars set up to help you make the most out of your homes d├ęcor, to full fledged haunted house.

The 2011 Hauntcon is sadly over….BUT you can first in line for the 2012 Convention in Pittsburgh.






Tuesday, October 4, 2011

And The #1 Haunted Attraction in America is……

According to Haunted House Online (and Haunt World Magazine) the scariest haunted house in America for the 2011 haunted house season is........


Pennhurst Asylum and Bates Motel in Philadelphia PA. Both attractions are owned and operated by the same company, and are a short drive of eachother.


The Bates Motel is located deep in a 200 year old forest with overgrown trees and dark trails, this puts people on edge before they even make it to the main attraction.





The Pennhurst Asylum is on of the scariest locations in America do to the real paranormal activity that takes place within its walls. Both The Ghost Adventure Crew and the Ghost Hunters have investigated the Asylum and both teams have come up with truly haunting paranormal evidence.


Check out the 2011 commercials for each of these attractions!!!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Haunted Attractions in Salt Lake City, Utah (And Surrounding Area..)

Nightmare on 13th
Salt Lake City, Utah
Location: 300 W 1300 S
Contact Phone: 801-467-8100



Haunted Forest
American Fork, Utah
Location: 1015 S 500 E

Asylum 49 The Haunted Hospital
Tooele, Utah
Location: 140 E 200 S

Haunted Hollow
Ogden, Utah
Location: 1550 S. 1900 W.



Lazarus Maze
Ogden, Utah
Location: 600 Exchange Road

Nightmare Mansion Haunted House
Taylorsville, Utah
Location: 5600 S Redwood Road

Castle of Chaos Haunted House
Salt Lake City, Utah
Location: 3300 S West Temple

Goatman Flats Haunted House
Orem, Utah
Location: 1405 N 600 W
Contact Phone: 801-367-7376









Wednesday, September 28, 2011

03-23-2007…..The Final Farewell




With all the fun fall activates, ghost tours, and haunted houses this time of year… I always get a little chocked up when I think of our beloved Rocky Point Haunted House. Any of you from Utah will know exactly what I’m talking about!!



It was hands down THE BEST haunted house in not only Utah, but in the Untied States (ok I may be a little bias there)….but it was truly awesome!



As a tribute to them….Please select the link (the title of this post) and view their final farewell website!



R.I.P. Rocky Point….you will (and are) missed by all.

Strangling Brothers Circus….



We had an awesome opportunity to attend the Grand Opening of Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus, the newest haunted house in Draper Utah… It is a circus themed spook alley with a cool new concept. It boasts more than 20 tractor trailers and a huge big top tent all of which are filled with nonstop terror!! It spans an entire acre, and lets face it clowns are just plain scary.

It is located at 98 East 13800 South Draper Utah

Open Mon - Thur; 7:30- 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat; 7:30-Midnight







Park City Ghost Tours….

It’s that time again my friends, time to go out and participate in your local ghost tours! Most major cities offer them and they are a good way to learn a little bit more about local “hot spots”… They are a fun, and Non-threatening way to be a ghost hunter!!


Here is the information for the Park City Utah Ghost tour….



*Tours open every night 8:00 pm



*Call (435) 615-7673



*Meet at the Miners Park on Main Street (Across from the 421 Bistro)



Thank you to our friends at the Park City Ghost Tours (and tell them The Salt City Ghost Seekers sent you)!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Is My Home Haunted???

This is a question we get quite often, no one wants to jump to conclusions and declare a home haunted. The reality of paranormal activity is exciting for some, and terrifying for others. Here are some of the basic questions we ask people when confronted with this question…



Have you recently lost a family member or close friend?
Has anything like this happened before?
Do you seem to lose important items and they show up again later?
De pets (such as dogs or cats) avoid and seem afraid of certain areas of the home?
Do lights or televisions turn on and of by themselves?
Have you heard someone call your name when you are home alone?
Do you feel as though you are being watched?
Have members of the family used a Ouija board or similar items in the home?
Do photographs in the home appear with unexplained mists or orbs?


Is any member of your family involved with the occult or participated in any form of Satan worshiping?


Is your home built near any sort of cemetery, or otherwise sacred land?


Have there been any murders, or other dark activities take place in your home in the past?



These are just a few of the questions we will ask people when they think they might have something paranormal going on. If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you might consider contacting a local paranormal investigator, or talking to your local clergy.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

2011 Ghost Hunting Season

As the prime ghost hunting season is upon us our team is getting together to plot out our research areas. We will be returning to the old Miners Cemetery near Copperton, and we still have unfinished business at the Ft. Douglass Cemetery (last time out we experienced a total equipment failure due to a nasty electrical storm).


We are open for suggestions, that means YOU our faithful followers….(all 3 of you) Ha ha ha…If you know of any haunted spots in the Salt Lake area please feel free to send in your suggestions!





Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jack-O-Lanterns

With our favorite holiday just around the corner we wanted to add a few fun posts about the season and its origins!


Here is some cool information about the Jack-o-Lanterns

A jack-o'-lantern is typically a carved pumpkin. It is associated chiefly with the holiday of Halloween and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced. At night, a light is placed inside to illuminate the effect. (Sources taken from Wikipedia)



  • Since 1995, trick or treating in the town of Sandusky, Ohio, has been against the law for anyone older then 14.

  • Pumpkins originated in Central America.

  • It is very rare for a full moon to occur at the same time as Halloween. It has only occurred in - 1925, 1944, 1955, and 1974. The next time it is said to occur is 31 October, 2020.

  • Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
  • The word Halloween appeared in the Dictionary in the 1700s.

  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.

  • Dunking for apples arose from a practice of divining the future. It was believed that if you could hold an apple between your teeth you would have a fulfilling romance with whomever you choose.

  • The name pumpkin originated from "pepon" – the Greek word for "large melon."

  • According to ancient superstitions, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you'll see your future spouse.

  • Colonists sliced off pumpkin tips; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.

  • The pumpkin is one of the best sources of Vitamin A.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Can an Object be Haunted?

This is a question we have been asked many times before, and the answer is YES…. The inanimate object in and of itself is not haunted, but it is referred to as a “Trigger Object”. A trigger object can be anything associated with a deceased person that is used to catch the attention of that entity.


These items can be, keys, toys, coins, photos, anything….There have been documented cases where a trigger object (such as a stuffed animal) was placed in a room and that object was seen moving. There is also a case where a ball was placed in a hallway and the ball was also moved from its original location.


Some trigger objects are not so innocent and can attract entities that don’t just want to roll the ball… In some cases these trigger objects have been known to attract poltergeists, and have also ushered in other entities besides the one attached to the trigger object.


IF you think you might posses an object that is triggering paranormal activity, try getting it out of your house for a while. Give it to a friend to hold, or put it in a safe deposit box at your local bank. See if getting rid of the object stops the activity.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

What is a Poltergeist???

Poltergeist is the German word for ‘Noisy Ghost’. . Poltergeist manifestations can include (but not always) inanimate object being thrown or moved around a room, knocking, pounding, or banging noises. In VERY RARE cases the person witnessing the event has been physically attacked.

Because the study of the paranormal has no conclusive scientific explanation of this event..(And there are many who do not believe these events even occur) it is difficult to say why and how this phenomenon occurs. Some studies indicate that the troublesome spirit is trying to make contact with a particular person and is doing it in the only way they know how. Other studies suggest that these entities are simply mischievous spirits who like to scare the living.

One study that I have found to be rather interesting suggests that a poltergeist is brought on by the individual experiencing it. Through prolonged periods of unresolved or repressed stress the individual is allowing their negative energy to be used by the entity to fuel its ability to manifest. Often times when the individual seeks counseling (or other forms of help to relive this stress) the reported poltergeist activity stops.

In most reported cases the activity will only last from 1 to 6 weeks and then it will just stop. Once again (as stated before) due to the lack of scientific explanation all we can do is continue to study these cases and hop that one day science can help up understand why these things happen, and how to control the situation.


Your feedback is always welcome!!!