Josh Gates, of the SyFy series, “Destination Truth;” John, Chris and Aimess Zaffis, with Brian Cano, of “Haunted Collector;” Jeff Belanger of “30 Odd Minutes;” Chip Coffey, former host of “Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal;” and numerous other well-known paranormal researchers will be on hand to meet the public and share stories of their experiences with the unexplained, said Dana Wingerd, a member of North Eastern Paranormal Investigations, which hosts the annual event. For the first time this year, a Zombie Prom is being held at the Eisenhower Hotel Conference Center and Resort, 2634 Emmitsburg Road.
“This year we have Travis Walton, whose alien abduction experience was the basis for the book and movie Fire in the Sky,” Wingerd said. “Josh Gates and Rex Williams, host of SyFy's “Destination Truth” will also be there.”
Wingerd said the conference draws the interest of the paranormal community, each year, but this year as a result of the popularity of the AMC horror series “The Walking Dead,” the organizers decided to reach out to horror fans by hosting the Zombie Prom, Wingerd said. There will also be a special showing of the movie, Exit Humanity.
As in past years, several paranormal investigations of reputedly haunted locations in the Gettysburg-area are scheduled. On Saturday night, the farm house owned by the Eisenhower Hotel will be the site of an investigation. Wingerd said that in past visits, investigators encountered a number of anomalous events.
At the Tille Pierce House, reports of the sounds of boots echoing through the Civil War structure in downtown Gettysburg, have been common. Investigators have made recordings of the ghostly sounds during past investigations, she noted. Shadow people, apparitions and moans have all been reported at the house.
General Lee's Headquarters, on Buford Avenue, will be investigated Thursday night. Wingerd said through the years, people have reported someone walking on the roof; have seen dark shapes in the house, lights have mysteriously turned on and off, and items have been seen moving on their own.
“We are having junior ghost hunting this year again,” Wingerd said. “We are also working with the director of a home for underprivileged children who raised money to participate in an actual paranormal investigation.”
In all there are more than 30 special guests. A number of paranormal research groups from around the tri-state-area will also be on hand to talk to guests. Special guests will also host informative workshops and programs throughout the weekend.
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