Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ghost Hunting Do's and Don'ts

This is the old County Home outside of Lisbon.  You will get
arrested if you get caught on this property.  They do not give permission
to enter these buildings to anyone. 
It is that spooky time of year when people are out looking for ghosts!  It is fun and adventurous.  Your heart pounds, you laugh and sometimes you run for dear life!  Here in Columbiana County there are plenty of places to do that.  HOWEVER, there are some things to remember:
1. Get permission to enter any property that you are not sure about.  An awesome old house looks like a good place to check for ghosts, but NOT if it is on private property.    Often, if you ask the owners, they are happy to let you in and look around.  But if they say no, then NO means NO. 
2. Check the building out to make sure it is safe.  For G12P, we have security crew members whose job it is to check out the places we are going into first.  They check the floors, and  stairs to make sure they are strong enough to hold us.  They make sure there is not a lot of garbage or broken glass. 
3. You want to make sure the building you are entering do not have Asbestos, lead paint, or black mold in them.  No you won't die that night, but a few years from now.....
3.  If it is public property, like a park or cemetery, make sure you find out the park rules. OBEY THE RULES POSTED OR GIVEN.  You can go to jail and/or get fined if you don't. 
4. DO NOT VANDALIZE THE AREA YOU ENTER TO LOOK FOR GHOSTS.   I can't believe the amount of damage little Bowman Cemetery has taken in the last few years.  Why would anyone want to knock down a grave marker?  What possible pleasure can that give anyone?
This is a picture from Bowman's, before all the stones were
knocked down. 
This is the Grist Mill at Gretchen's Lock.  Notice the big hole in
the door?  People try to knock the door in to get inside.  Boy are
they in for a big surprise if they do!
5. Respect what you have decided to go looking for.  You never know what is going to follow you home

Yes, look for ghosts.  But do it safely, and make sure you are following the law.  After ten years of ghost hunting, I have made mistakes along the way, and I did my best to learn from them.  This is the best way to have a good time and ensure it is there for some one else to explore, too!

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