Paranormal stories form an important part of a town's history, explaining why locals shy away from a particular mansion and who is collecting people's recycling on alternate Tuesdays. Investigate unexplained phenomena with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $19.50 toward ghost tours, events, investigations, classes, and merchandise at Paranormal Adventures. Meeting locations depend on the tour, investigation, or classes chosen; see the website for more information.
Paranormal Adventures regales skeptics and believers with an amalgam of history and local legends shared by a staff of authors, historians, genealogists, and trained paranormal investigators. On August 19, 20, or 21, Quantrill’s Raid Tour of Lawrence ($19.50) takes patrons through the streets and ethereal planes of downtown Lawrence as a guide imparts the narrative of an 1863 raid by Missouri guerilla leader William Quantrill. Guests sip on regional wines while listening to sobering accounts of apparitions during the Ghost and Grapes Event at Old Prairie Town on August 13 ($30, ages 21+), hosted at the antique Ward Meade mansion in Topeka. Spectral enthusiasts seeking an introduction to ectoplasm can dip into the Paranormal 101 class ($30) at Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita on August 6.
During the ghost tours ($19.50 each), guests have reported paranormal sightings in parts of buildings closed off to the general public. However, all tours keep to public locations, avoiding private homes and metaphorical haunts.