I love the autumn season, and I’m sure it is because I reside in Connecticut. The foliage is especially bright this year. We had a wet and cool summer which has historically translated into a very colorful and picturesque landscape. The smells of autumn are in full bloom. Home fireplaces have been lit, and there is this ‘crispness’ to the air that is distinctive of a New England fall day. The sights and smells of autumn inevitably mean that Halloween is rapidly approaching. And for those of us in Connecticut, it is the time of year in which we help lead a parade of ghost-hunting activities in taking full advantage of the approaching October 31 festivities and amusements.
Connecticut is sort of an epicenter of some of the world’s most renown ghost happenings and personalities (which are actually one in the same, when you get right down to it.) Connecticut and its ghost-related culture is famous for products such as The Warrens, Dudleytown, The Carousel Restaurant, The Union Cemetary, The Mark Twain House, the movie ‘A Haunting in Connecticut’ (not to be confused with Christmas in Connecticut’ or ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’), and we have dozens of other hotels, houses, and graveyards that have been featured prominently in books and on television. In a way, Connecticut is to ghosts around Halloween as New Mexico is to UFO’s around July 4th.
So what’s been going on in this neck of the woods this time of year? Plenty! For example, you can hook up with the folks at GHOST (Grim Hauntings Or Skeptic’s Truth) led by Barry Dillinger. A while back, I interviewed Dillinger of creepyconnecticut.net, who organizes a team of local “skeptical believers” when it comes to investigating ghosts and related fancies. Barry’s been in the news in Connecticut this week (surprise surprise). Barry is a nice enough fellow, and he believes that he is engaging in a skeptical and critical approach to ghost hunting. He hasn’t found any evidence yet, but as soon as he does, he will share it with the world. He’ll be out on the prowl this week as Halloween approaches.
For those wishing to take a tour of a haunted cemetery and The Noah Webster House, the folks at West Hartford Hauntings will provide you with guidance, stories, and whatever else their tour guides can come up with. For those that do not know, Noah Webster was one of Connecticut’s most famous residents, his name forever associated with dictionaries. A lifetime scholar, teacher, and mentor, his good name has been taken by the ghosting culture that has become saturated in Connecticut. For you see, if you were a famous resident of Connecticut in the 1700’s or 1800’s, your ghost is haunting your old stomping grounds. This is the template, and this is what our culture accepts and portrays as truth. I for one thinks there is actual paranormal activity associated with The Noah Webster House. Yes, I am sure that Noah Webster, “Father of American Scholarship and Education”, is rolling over in his grave knowing that his name and birthplace are the focus of such anti-critical thinking and anti-scholarly activity.
And just in case enough decent people from history have not yet been thoroughly abducted by the local ghosting culture, let us not forget The Nathan Hale Homestead and the lecture that was given just yesterday, which was most appropriately titled: Is This Place Haunted? Folks calling themselves CT-PRI lead a very thorough investigation of the Nathan Hale Homestead this month, and just hours ago, they revealed their findings. Prior to yesterday’s reveal, the head of this august collection of “professional people with college degrees” proudly declared in a recent interview:
“We are not scientists and do not claim to be. This is a very interesting field that cannot be approached fully by science.”
Having read this, I decided to give up looking for the report of their findings. It went from being somewhat amusing to somewhat depressing.
So those are just a few of the many activities happening in Connecticut this week. Check your favorite search engine for more Connecticut ghost-and-Halloween related activities, where people who are easily impressed by ghost stories gather to remind themselves just how haunted they, rather than the locations, actually are. Sing it with me …
“Tis the season to be gullible, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!”