Backyard baseball games have long been haunted by ghost runners, who disrupt the festivities by taunting the pitcher with banshee wails to the tune of Gary Glitter songs. Better know these sport-sabotaging specters with today’s Groupon to The Haunted Cottage in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get a grand tour, a workshop, and a ghost hunt (up to a $20 value). Children younger than 5 are admitted for free.
- For $40, you get an overnight ghost hunt (an $80 value).<p>
The Haunted Cottage unveils the history and hauntings of Harpers Ferry with tours that delve into the area’s apparitions and the origins of modern paranormal research. As one of the nation’s premier training facilities for paranormal investigation, The Haunted Cottage tactfully equips ghost hunters with the knowledge and the spools of flypaper necessary for snaring specters with two-hour tours currently scheduled at 8 p.m., 10 p.m., and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Before exploring electronic-voice phenomena (EVP) and test-driving electromagnetic field (EMF) meters, hunters will study up on the early days of talcum-powder-assisted ghost hunting in the on-site Paranormal History Museum. After the two-hour tour, workshop, and ghost hunt, guests can peruse the paranormal library housing more than 300 books chock-full of spooky tables of contents and dog-eared pages stained with Ecto-Cooler.
On the eight-hour overnight ghost hunt, brave guests will spend a night investigating the cottage while piecing together bits of haunted history. In addition to taking EMF readings and temperature tabulations, hunters will sit in on video vigils of the house’s slave quarters, bedrooms, and cellar and perform EVP experiments to record apparitions’ moaning, muttering, and crooning of game-show themes. Just before dawn, ghost hunters can gather over complimentary coffee to discuss their research findings.
The Haunted Cottage
Though spectral forms and shadowy figures still reside in The Haunted Cottage, its greatest legacy is as the occasional vacation home of assassin John Wilkes Booth. Also known as the Booth House, The Haunted Cottage is home to paranormal researcher Vince Wilson, who helms the haunted abode's ghost tours and maintains the paranormal library and history museum, where guests can spy a vampire skeleton among other supernatural exhibits. All this knowledge pours from Vince's mouth during tours and investigations, which pair breakdowns of the house's 200-year history with actual equipment designed to catch ghosts, from cameras and digital recorders to EMF meters.
The Haunted Cottage also strives to school spirit-seekers with paranormal-research training that cycles through parapsychology topics such as extrasensory perception, hypnosis, and psychic healing.