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A mini merry spirited hunt in Phoenix

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Sometimes just getting together with a bunch of paranormal investigative friends can turn out to be quite the ghost hunting adventure. No formal ghost hunting equipment was necessary on a recent trek to a few noted Phoenix haunted locations.

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The day began at the Smurthwaite House located at the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park (Cemetery) in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association was holding a Holiday Membership Drive event in the historic home built back in 1897. Today it serves as a research center for the PCA. It is also rumored to be haunted by some of its previous owners. The house overlooks the 11 acre cemetery grounds that are the final resting place for many of Phoenix’s early pioneers. For more information on how you can join the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association contact: www.azhistcemeteries.org

Several ghost hunting friends of the MVD Ghostchasers of Mesa attending the earlier event, gathered together at the Film Bar in downtown Phoenix to see “Ghosts of the West” hosted by Arizona’s Hip Historian Marshall Shore. This fabulous documentary transported the viewer to ghosts of the past with hundreds of historical ghost town photographs. Attending the special event was Debe Branning, Cindy Lee, Gloria Pinkerton, Coleen Sulzer, Wendy Watkins, Chance Houston, Mary Walker, Mo Fitzgerald, Kris and John Godinez. For more films at the Film Bar check out: http://www.thefilmbarphx.com

Oh, but the evening was not over yet at for some of the group. A last minute decision was made to partake in a late night dinner at the haunted Spaghetti Factory on north Central Street in Phoenix. After a delightfully delicious dinner, Debe, Cindy, Gloria, Colleen, Wendy, and Chance talked the head waiter of the evening into letting them take a quick look into the locked stairway of one of the two historic homes that make up the restaurant complex. A few photos were snapped and hopefully, with better preparation, a more formal investigation could be a project in the future. Looking for a place to dine with a little spirit? Make your reservations at: www.osf.com

Get out and about this season—meet up with friends—and enjoy the Phoenix holiday “spirits”!

Arizona Haunted Sites: Debe Branning nazanaza@aol.com

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