Category: Haunt ME After Dark

Haunted Objects

Ok. So. As many of you know by now, we filmed one of our Season 5 episodes with the Newkirks this past April. This also gave us a chance to spend some time with their Haunted objects. Now, I’ve had a few, distant interactions with their objects, the first one being during the Strange Escapes event at the Mount Washington where Ty pointed to Billy and said you should pick him up. Which, of course I did, cause: why not?  (Note: I knew NOTHING about what/who Billy is or what he was a part of.) I was quickly informed after picking him up I would likely have nightmares that evening from handling the idol. Great. Thanks Ty.

Fortunately, no nightmares! So as the Strange Escapes Weekend went on we ventured around, talked to some fellow paranormal adventurers and looked at (did not pick up) more haunted objects after talking with the Newkirks. All in all, a great weekend.

The photo was taken 7 months later – when Billy and I are friends. Can I say that?? We’re friends?

Fast forward. Here we are in one of the most active locations we have ever experienced in Maine (and one of my favorite spots to investigate) with a museum full of haunted objects. Of course I was going to pick them up and get a closer look. Occasionally I look back on this moment and think “Anna, wtf?” but, I honestly didn’t think anything would happen.

I had made a silly pair of pants for Simon which I gave to him (they were hilariously too big) and got a closer look at some of the objects. I remember Ty asking if any of them were speaking to me, and I was surprised that I didn’t feel drawn to pick any of them up. Well, except one object. Usually behind glass, the Corrupted Testament was calling out to me, and I figured now was my chance to take a look at it.

After I finished filming the investigators exploring the items (Ty literally sniffed the Corrupted Testament – There is also a photo of him licking a crystal ball) I put my camera down, and picked up the book.

Next time you are at the Travelling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult, take a close look at it. There are pencil markings all over it. The Cross even looks like it could have been scribbled on there. There are stains from where the preacher held it, and stains where it once sat on many foreheads.

The book is small, and it’s light, and I don’t remembering it smelling bad, or at all really. I do remember flipping through the pages and off handedly commenting to Erin, our other camera person standing next to me that I was feeling nauseous. Greg reiterated I wasn’t the only one who had experienced something similar. I sat down. My throat was tight, and my stomach felt off. I flipped through a few more pages then put the book down. Then it hit me: “F***, I am going to vomit”.

So, I really didn’t want to be that guy that throws up, never mind the one who throws up after handling a haunted object. So I exited as quietly as I could, and spent the next five minutes in the bathroom trying not to lose my breakfast. After, I felt like I had the worst hangover. My head was pounding and it was time for some Advil.

The whole thing sounds crazy. It was crazy. It is crazy? What an experience though. I highly recommend checking out the Museum of the Paranormal and Occult – not because getting knocked on your ass by a haunted object is fun, but because you can learn so much through interactions with these objects. While, yes, caution is always good, don’t let this post scare you away. Keep exploring the paranormal and unknown!

Practical Magic

If you haven’t joined the Museum of the Paranormal and Occult, do so! There is so much information and opportunity to learn about haunted objects and the paranormal. They also offer a monthly subscription box where you can learn about magic, its history, and different tools you can use.

Since becoming a Paranormal Investigator I have met more people and learned about many different belief systems, rituals, and Truths. Magic of the Month Club has given me a great opportunity to learn more about others! This subscription box has created a great community of people learning magic and finding power within themselves. We talk about our experiences, share books, expand our knowledge, and discover new tools and techniques to use in life and on investigations. So far this has been an eye opening experience, one I am very excited to share!

Keep reading for details on what magical goodies we got this month!

Manifestation and Abundance

This month’s theme is manifestation and abundance, which is all about working with the universe to achieve your dreams and goals. This particular topic is something I have heard people discuss, but haven’t practiced for myself, so I was/am excited to learn more.

The first thing you need to know about Magic of the Month club is: everything smells amazing. The box arrives at your door and you smell it before you see it. Opening up the box there are instructions, and all the ingredients you need to complete your spell. This month: Flourite crystal, Bloodstone, hand blended tea, incense, and a paper with a sigil written in dragon’s blood. For those of who you don’t know (like me) Dragons Blood is derived from a plant and used by many different practices. One of it’s intentions is to strengthen the power of spells – this is important as we work toward manifesting our dreams and goals!  These subscription boxes are hand created, and put together by Greg and Dana Newkirk. The dedication and detail put into each box is extraordinary.

Week 1

A four week process, we have several steps to complete this month’s box. The first step is to pick a spot that is special to you, and go there. This is where you will be practicing your magic for the month. Taking out the paper, you are supposed to write down what you would like to work with the universe to create. Fellow crew-member Johnny and myself went to our favorite spot and took turns writing what we wanted from the future. At the risk of sounding sappy, this was a powerful moment for both of us. To be able to sit down and truly envision what we want from our future was… magical!

Week 2 – Bubble, Bubble..

All week we held onto our paper with the sigil and remembered what a delightful morning we had and how many exciting things to look forward to in the future. Week two brought tea steeped for a half an hour and the smudged over our dreams and goals. We totally let our paper dry ungracefully on a grocery store advertisement. It was amusing.

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The Final Countdown

Week three brings a mojo back with a magical mix of herbs, and sea glass. The intention of this is to magnify our manifestations. The final week we burn hand-made incense and release our desires to the universe. Both the mojo bag (herbs and seaglass), and incense smell amazing, and brighten any room they sitting in! For many of these boxes we burn incense, so it was necessary to find something to dedicate purely to creating magic. Amazon has a plethora of options – I found a beautiful ceramic incense bowl to use for moments like this.

I will level with you guys – I haven’t been feeling well for the last couple of weeks. Taking the time to participate in this ritual really brought a difference in my outlook. This month’s box was a good opportunity for me to refocus my mind onto greater things! The last two weeks have been full of hope and happiness, and I find I have something exciting to focus on when I feel burdened by work, and everyday anxieties.

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Adventures at ParSem

Season 4 Episode 3. Crazy right? After the conclusion of this episode we knew we had to bring the Newkirks to experience the Parsonsfield Seminary in person. So in the spirit (pun intended) of Episode 3 and the need for adventure, we hopped in the car with the Newkirks, some haunted objects and our equipment and headed to rural Maine.

The Investigation Begins

It was dark and rainy, perfect ambiance for a paranormal investigation. When we arrived Jan greeted us and showed us where all the snacks were (she is the nicest lady you will ever meet), wished us luck and then departed. Our first stop was the attic in the school house.

As you’ve seen in this week’s episode, we had a lot of activity in the attics of these buildings. Yes, there are two attics, equally haunted and equally full of strange noises (more on that later.) We climbed the stairs to the attic filled with costumes. What may not be obvious from the episode is the attic is deceptively big, with a large empty room across the way, the bell tower to the right and additional closet space. We moved forward expecting to contact the Captain who Ty had spoken with during filming – we found something else.

What’s in the Attic

Katie and Dana were both drawn to the back of the attic. We explored a large empty room across from the staircase… For all the light streaming in through the windows in the attic, it was dark here. We asked a few questions to the spirits in the attic, but heard nothing. We left and headed toward the main room, the closet was to our left.

Katie and Dana stopped in front of a closet, slightly bigger than a crawlspace, concealed by racks of clothing.

“There’s a shadow standing in the doorway to the closet.”

No one felt comfortable. The shadowed figure stared at us as Katie tried to speak with it, asking who they were and who else might be here in the attic with us. It didn’t answer and retreated into the darkness of the closet. We decided to head over to Doe Hall in search of more communicative spirits.

Doe Hall

Traditionally, ParSem gets quiet after sundown, not tonight. We did a quick tour of the basement, which was still decorated from Halloween with cobwebs and bloody hand prints. Walking around our K2 meters flickered up to red and followed us as we walked through doorways and narrow hallways. It wasn’t until we returned to the first floor that they stopped. Before heading up to the second floor, we decided to sit for a minute and converse with Simon, one of the Newkirk’s newly acquired objects. Subscribe to their Patreon to learn more about Simon the Doll and many other objects! Knowing that Katie has seen children in this building, we thought bringing something youthful might provide a trigger for those still residing here.  As talkative as Simon was, so were the other spirits!  From the stairway to the right we could hear conversations going on without us! We had to go find out who they were.

The Second Floor

We went upstairs to the second floor. Several friends intrigued by the paranormal joined us as we continued our investigation upstairs.  We unexpectedly came in contact with two spirits; a young girl, and a very cranky person who was not pleased with the amount of noise we were making. You could hear the creak as it got up out of bed. Dana, Greg, Ty went down the hall to see if they could connect with whoever we woke up, I followed Katie and several others through a series of rooms until we settled on one in the corner where someone in our group had seen a young woman who was praying. She had been speaking with the spirit and sharing in prayer. Katie sat down and had a full conversation with the entity. The young woman expressed how lonely she was, and that she understood she could leave if she wanted to. To see two people conversing, one channeling an entity we could not see was absolutely fascinating, and something I personally haven’t seen at an investigation.

This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more!

Admiral Perry’s Inn

Episode 1… Season Four Begins!

This investigation was MIND BOGGLING.  Our first investigation for the season took us by complete surprise.  (Note: It may seem like we film things out of order.  This is untrue.  We are time travelers that jump around the time stream when necessary.)

Anyway!  Episode One of Season 4 was full of unexpected surprises.  Going into this haunt, the team thought it would be an easy going evening, not uneventful, just not high on the pre-rate scale.  Then things picked up.


The time spent in the Panama room was every ghost hunter’s dream: Ask a question, get a response.  The irony is it almost never happens this way.  Sometimes you will get an answer every 4 questions or so, and even you mostly feel like you’re talking to the dark.  We have never had an EVP session so responsive.

The moment Ashley has a vision of someone falling down the stairs.

Much of the credit goes to Katie and the energy boost she gave the spirits, I think it really helped the team connect to the spirit in the room.

For me, the most enlightening part of the evening was watching Ashley as she explored the Panama room.  The moment her vision occurs, you can see her expression change completely.  It was heartbreaking really, and a catalyst for everything else which occurred that evening.  (You also see Carol pick up on everything as she goes right up to Ashley as soon as it happens.)  As an observer in the situation, it was interesting to see such a genuine connection occur.

Voices in the dark

Another moving part of this investigation was piecing together the EVPs.  In the moment it is so difficult to figure out what the spirits are saying, it takes multiple play throughs for us to determine the message, when we do though, it is the most incredible and terrifying experience.

The spirit box with noise cancelling headphones is a new technique we tried this season, which is, I think, the most effective way to listen to the radio waves and potential voices.  This allows us to control what is happening in a way.  Instead of hearing what we want to hear, we treat it like an EVP session with a voice activated recorder.  We have had much greater success this way.  The conversation happening between Ty and Ash across rooms was incredible.

What’s Next?

We hope you enjoyed the season opener!  Don’t miss the next episode of Haunt ME on Monday! Admiral Perry had a lot of paranormal activity, but our next location has even more! Greg and Dana Newkirk join us as we revisit an familiar location and a familiar object. The dybbuk  returns to Parsonsfield with us as we try to connect with the spirits during a daytime investigation.

We were so excited to return to this location in an effort to find more evidence than our first trip. Need a reminder? Watch the episode! Or, brush up on the details with our blog entry! The first time we investigated was interesting, but overall, pretty quiet. Everything escalates when we return during the day, connecting with entities more likely to be awake during school hours. Don’t miss this thrilling episode as we meet new entities and

Check it out Monday May 15th at 12pm!

Who you gonna call?

Every Haunt ME investigation is an opportunity to go on an adventure with your friends.  We honestly learn something new every time; whether its about the location, each other, or the ‘other side’.  Every investigation brings us another piece of the truth.  With every piece of evidence we get closer to an answer.  This process is very rewarding in that way.  That quest for knowledge continues when we investigate cases off camera.

Un-filmed haunts are usually client cases where people have reached out to Haunt ME for help.  These are often the most concerning, and require a different approach than the episodes themselves.  I spoke with Ty about how Haunt ME handles client cases versus our traditional episodes:

Client Cases Versus Filmed Episodes

“Client cases are much different from a filmed investigation. When filming, it’s always an adventure where we’re often the only ones in peril. We can push ourselves as far as we want, we can experiment, and the only ones who have to deal with the consequences are our team members (and sometimes the film crew.)

Having a client case means that someone has been pushed far enough from their own comfort that they are compelled to reach out for help.  Instead of exploring the limits of the paranormal, like we do with our show, when when we work with a client we work within those limits to try to help them find solace in their homes and power within themselves.”

Are the risks the same?

“With a client, it’s imperative to find every ounce of information you can before inserting yourself into the situation, because by adding your influence to their time of need, you can easily make it much worse if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Often times solutions to a problem can be found by a little bit of debunking, reassurance, and empowerment. When that doesn’t work, and only when all logical options have been exhausted, we suit up and head out into the fray. The end goal is to provide those in need with tools to better themselves, and their situation.”

Fear gets the best of all of us, how do you separate fear from imagination?

“Fear and imagination go hand in hand, one empowering the other, and often setting it on fire.  The best way, the only way, to do this is to interview your client in depth about what they’re experiencing and how they’re reacting to it. This way, you can come up with an accurate action plan for them to follow which will hopefully dissuade their fears and calm their imagination.

As we’ve discovered during our investigations, there is a lot out there.  What have you come across when working one on one with clients?

We’ve had clients reach out about feeling unsafe in their home, being scratched in their sleep, haunted objects they don’t know what to do with, possible possession cases, and your run of the mill unwanted hauntings.

How do you approach, whatever ‘it’ might be?

It’s best to approach the situation, and not the entity. Limiting it to being ‘one thing’, and not a combination of factors could blind you from the truth. Living in a haunted house AND being obliterated by EMF fields caused by simple bad wiring, while also experiencing ghostly noises caused by horrible plumbing, because the contractor didn’t want to dig through the the Indian Burial Ground next door to your home may sound crazy, but not out of the question. You have to be ready for anything, because in this field of the unknown, the answer COULD be anything. When we approach a haunting situation, whether on Haunt ME or via a client, we always have this in mind.

What causes unwanted activity?

Unfortunately, a lot of times we’ve found that activity can occur because it was invited to do so, either purposefully or by accident. The paranormal often circles around intent, and people are more powerful than they give themselves credit for. Luckily, this is a double edged sword, and the power people wield can dispel a haunting just as they can invoke one. Again, doing so just takes intent and a little focus. This is how we can often work with a client without ever having to make a home visit, they have the power! However, if there’s something that just simply overwhelms a client, there’s imminent danger, or a logical approach just isn’t cutting it, that’s where we come in! Haunt ME is on the case!

Ty brings up a very interesting point when it comes to the paranormal: people are more powerful than they give themselves credit for. I think there is a lot we don’t understand about the world, but it is hard to deny the influence we have. This can go two ways, we can drag all the negativity toward us, or where we are in control of our surroundings and what we attract, we can bring light into our own lives. This theory applies to the paranormal as well. We are in control of our domain, our thoughts, our homes, which means we can decide who and what we surround ourselves with.

Don’t forget to tune into Haunt ME Season 4 premiering May 1st!! We have an amazing season to share with you, and we cannot wait for you to see!

Ghostly Visions

As a crew member on Haunt ME, I do not interact with the paranormal often (I have a tendency to scream, so, a lack of direct communication when filming is not such a bad thing.)  This is not to say I have not had any experiences at all, just, not on camera.

That being said, I can attest to the GRCC being one of the most interesting and terrifying places I have ever experienced, and I keep going back.

As I am sure you can see from the episode The Magician, the GRCC is HUGE: three floors, not including the basement (which is just as terrifying as you are imagining.)

Over the last two to three years, we have been lucky enough to explore the GRCC about 5 times, each with a different experience.  Some we have captured on camera, others were personal experiences, but all very real.

Our Experiences

  1. The voice in the hall.

    When we first scouted the GRCC for a potential episode (this was my first experience ghost hunting by the way)  we started the evening in the gymnasium listening to rapid footsteps as they circled the catwalk.  We moved into the locker room across the hall and sat with the K2 facing the hall, and the recorders in our hands.  We sat, intermittently asking questions, when in the silence Ty and I hear, as if someone were walking own the hall: “I’m coming.”  I managed to capture it on my digital recorder which is too old to transfer onto my computer.  Irony.

  2. A child in the dance room.

    We had a chance to investigate the GRCC with a few friends of ours and their 8 year old son this past fall.  In exploring the dance room, we connected with a spirit who claims their favorite color is yellow.  Watch the clip below!

  3. The voice in the basement.

    Ty and I had an unnerving experience where we were touring with a group of investigators.  A spirit had been walking with us and stopped at the door.  There was another spirit waiting in the back of the room (unbeknownst to us.)  When we realized the first spirit didn’t want to move because of who was lurking there, we booked it.
    Cue my second visit to the basement months later.  We were doing an EVP session in the basement and we get several answers.  Check it out:

    It’s always interesting when the spirits remember you…

  4. When objects move.

    Some of you may have seen this video from a couple of summers ago… but it’s a really cool moment that we have yet been able to debunk…(please be aware – adult language is used)

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    My final experience I debated about writing about.  We have no evidence, other than what I think I saw.  In the gymnasium, our whole group (Ty, Johnny, and Cory) was instantly aware of a looming presence at the back of the catwalk.  We continued to investigate when I had a moment where this vision, for lack of a better term, of a bald man with a sunken face in flowing black clothing popped into my mind.  Now, I have never heard of a description of the figure Ashley saw except that he was bald, so I am not sure what my experience was, but it was definitely unnerving.

Sun, Sands, Spirits?

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This summer Haunt Me’s took a cruise through Strange Escapes!  We started in New Orleans, and traveled through Mexico, Belize and Honduras.  If you are ever looking for a new adventure where you can hang out with and learn from some of the worlds greatest investigators while vacationing in some of the most beautiful places, take a trip with Strange Escapes.  Amy Bruni does a great job creating an itinerary that is sure to please.  Plus, most trips include all sorts of paranormal adventures, like a visit with Dana and Greg Newkirk and their Traveling Museum of the Occult, or a ghost hunt with Grant Wilson, and Adam Berry.  You can also hear some great paranormal tales with John Tenney, who has some of the most interesting stories you will ever hear about the strange and weird.


Our Adventures:

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We all made a mess eating the beignets.  But they were a delicious, and a very touristy thing to do.  We waked through the art district, tried hurricanes, and then braved a giant thunderstorm all before getting onto the cruise ship.  Whoever said it doesn’t feel like the ship is moving, was crazy.

I won’t lie, the alcohol floweth when on a cruise.  We had a blast hanging with other paranormal enthusiasts from across the country and learning from some really cool people.  The best part about gathering with fellow weirdos is hearing everyone’s strange encounters with the paranormal.  What a great community!  We are all working toward finding answers to the otherworldly.  On this trip we got to sit in on on of Chip Coffey’s readings while fellow cruise members spoke with former family members and friends.  We also got to adventure through some amazing countries, visit ancient ruins and bask in sunlight on the sun temple of the Aztecs!

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Great food, great company, and the most amazing beaches we have ever seen (it was literally like  Corona commercial.)  Keep checking back for more Strange Escape Adventures, and don’t forget to share your paranormal experiences in the comments below!

Beyond the Episodes

Many of you remember the episode at the Mexico High School, featuring a unique box.  If you haven’t, check out the episode here:

Or, the corresponding blog post for the scoop on one of Haunt ME’s most terrifying adventures.

That adventure hasn’t ended.  Research on this item continues since Haunt ME encountered it in Mexico, ME.  Currently, The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult holds onto this piece as they work to find out further truths.  However, during a recent Strange Escapes trip, we had a chance to meet with some of the industry’s leaders in Paranormal knowledge, and discuss the possibilities and secrets this object might hold.


You’ll see some familiar faces in this picture!  John Tenney, Grant Wilson, Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews all joined to sit and discuss… it.  This was an exciting moment to brainstorm and workshop the reasoning and intention behind this object’s creation.  We took an uncomfortably close look at how it’s made, and listened to what might be rolling around inside.  We did not open it.  There was no way that could happen, especially after the multitude of theories thrown out at to what could exist within that box, each less appealing in nature than the first.

Theory 1: Something Human or Chemical
A good way to hide something you don’t want found, is to seal it in a box and create a sense of superstition around the object.  No one wants to open something that may contain a fifth level demon, or cause some sort of illness (supernatural or otherwise.)  Feel free to imagine all the things you would never want to be surprised by.

Theory 2: Paranormal
Evil. Say there is something tethered supernaturally to the box… what do you do?  If that entity were released and horcruxed its existence into every person in that circle, well, that would be a downright mess.  I think that realization was pretty humbling.  As thrilling as exploration of the paranormal is, sometimes there are things beyond your comfort level.  This item definitely is.

Theory 3: Magic
What if someone created this?  What if someone poured all of their negativity and hatred and darkness into a box and locked it away.  Who hasn’t wanted to lock away all of their feelings and anger.  If someone looking to separate a part of themselves and hide it away, wouldn’t it look a little like this?

We don’t know what this is.  Greg and Dana are looking into it.  We are hoping to find some answers soon… kinda.

For more excitement and haunted objects watch Greg and Dana on Paranormal Lockdown Friday February 24th or at https://www.patreon.com/paramuseum and www.weekinweird.com


The Haunted Part 2

A lot can happen during a ghost hunt; objects move, voices whisper in your ear, a tap on the shoulder…  What we don’t always talk about are the experiences which can occur after an evening with spirits.  Some of our investigators have had ghosts follow them home, and it can be a serious intrusion.

Dealing with ghosts

There are different techniques to prevent some unwanted visitors, Katie has gone over a few in our episodes (check out the GRCC Episode 1 for some seriously good grounding techniques.)  Centering and grounding is a very important process as it keep you connected with your surroundings without putting you at risk for attachment.  This means when you are communicating with the paranormal your mental focus is strong enough to create a barrier between you and the entity when you begin to feel uncomfortable.

Focusing energy

Centering you energy does not end when you leave your haunted location for the evening;  that barrier should follow you home, so others don’t.  I utilize a lot of the techniques we discuss on camera to keep potential spirits out of my house.  It’s difficult sometimes when you get home at 3 in the morning not to be paranoid about everything you experienced during the episode, but I always figure it is better safe than sorry.  Typically after a haunt, before entering my house I’ll take a moment, focus on the frame, and state the intent: “This is my house and nothing of ill intent can follow me here.”  So far no ghosts, just the occasional bat.

Ghostly Encounters

Everyone on the team is different in regards to their post hunt ghost encounters and .  fortunately, Erin (camera woman extraordinaire) hasn’t experienced anything following her, which she attributes to “not inviting anything paranormal to communicate if you are not mentally prepared for it,”  a sentiment I have to agree with.  When you engage in conversation, whether you utilize a spirit box, or the Ouija board, you are opening a door into your realm.  If you do not close that door, you are inviting whatever you were speaking to stay, whether it is through the technology you utilize, or yourself.  Being the ones filming, and not directly communicating, makes it feel less like you are in the line of fire.

“There’s a certain immunity you feel being a camera person.  You’re distanced from the activity.  If you are not provoking the spirits it is unlikely you will be pulled into that action.  I find safety in that.” – Johnny

Erin and Johnny run the hand held cameras which follow our investigators through their adventures.  While neither directly contact ghosts, they are not immune to the interactions of the paranormal: “My back was toward the door.  All of the investigators were in the room, and other members of the crew were in a completely different section of the house.  There was a quiet moment, and I heard footsteps walking down the hall…”  Moments like this are awesome, once the initial terror subsides.  They are also the hardest moments to replicate.

On Haunt ME we never discount personal experiences.  While it may not make it to film, or find it’s way onto a recorder, they are strong indications of potential activity.  That’s why as a team, on and off camera, we’re always communicating.  If someone is feeling uncomfortable, we address both the person and the potential entity. “Our team is really good about checking in with everybody during investigations to make sure they are o.k., investigators and crew alike.”  It is so important to stay in contact with your team and to have each other’s back. This is clear in the Parsonsfield Episode, as well as the Mill Agent’s House. Both Ashley and Ty have personal experiences with their surroundings/entities and get out with the help of teammates.  It’s always good to stick together and keep an eye out for your teammates.

The Haunted

We have a lot of fun on the set of Haunt ME, and we are super excited to bring you our brand new season, where Ashley, Ty, Carol, and Katie experience new locations, new terrors, and handle them like champs.  When we are not filming, we’re definitely a tight knit group and enjoy exploring the non-haunted side of Maine (i.e. beaches, bars, and restaurants.)  We were planning our current season one evening while hunting Pokemon at a very conveniently located restaurant (it was right between two Pokestops loaded with lures… I swear we were working) and we got to talking about our experiences and how far Haunt Me has developed from Season 1.

So what’s changed?

Our Investigators have grown in their abilities to  communicate with the paranormal to extraordinary new lengths, and it got us thinking, how has the crew, a group of relatively skeptical people, changed?  If we think about the last four years, going from Carol’s house to the Greater Rumford Community Center and beyond, we have filmed some pretty crazy stuff.  So, how has Haunt Me changed us?  This is what I found out:

“I told the spirits they couldn’t follow me home.  I don’t think I could control the spirits no matter how much I believed in that statement” -Nick Nordfors

The biggest question I had for my crew mates was: How has working on Haunt Me affected their belief in the paranormal?  The majority of us didn’t believe, mostly because we didn’t have a reason to.  I know for me each episode has become a new challenge to capture the truth.  It’s like they say in the X-Files: I want to believe.  For Nick (producer and editor extraordinaire), he started producing Haunt Me without a single thought to the existence of spirits.  Focusing mostly on the flow of the episode itself, it wasn’t until Hillside Hall that he really started to tune into the unknown: “When the mysterious man showed up the first night, it shook me […] Since then I’ve been much more open to the idea that we are interacting with something and it makes the whole experience much more lucrative and terrifying.” 

A Crew full of Muggles

No one on our crew would call themselves inherently psychic, or in any way “in tune” with the paranormal; in fact, we tend to be the most skeptical.  So when one of us experiences anything out of the ordinary, it is not only shocking, but almost validates the moment.  It is interesting, as camera crew, we are told to run toward the danger, but at times I find myself too frozen in the moment and get caught up insights and observations of the investigators to chase down the shadow figure.  (Also, running toward the danger is terrifying.)

Behind the Scenes

Nick goes through a lot to take our footage and create an amazing episode from it.  It isn’t easy to separate yourself from the experiences enough to focus on what the audience might find interesting.  He watches hours of footage to present the viewers with a story line which represents a mere fraction of what we experience.  There have been some crazy personal encounters that don’t make it into episodes, and sometimes those are the most powerful.

In this upcoming season we meet some familiar characters which have a profound effect on both investigators and crew alike, creating some new and terrifying experiences on Haunt ME.  On our latest investigation, Nick was filming our investigators when he heard a strange sound: “I heard a chain, and an animal-like noise and everyone stopped.  I legitimately felt terrified in that moment.”  Experiences like this are the hardest to utilize in an episode if they are not caught on the recorders or film like Charlies’ most terrifying experience below…

But wait there’s more…

Like Nick, Charlie started with Haunt Me in Season 1 experiencing the vastness that is the Biddeford Mills.  Now, I didn’t go on this investigation, but having experienced the Biddeford Mills during a recent video shoot, I can understand Charlie’s fascination with some place that has so much history, especially with the evidence they caught that night: “We heard what sounded like a little girl laughing.  My hair stood on end, and my heart started racing.”  

Disembodied voices are, for me, the most terrifying.  They come from no where, and not everybody hears them.  Charlie, Ash and Ty were able to corroborate hearing the little girl voice, but what happens when no one else hears?  Thousands of questions rush through your mind: What are thy trying to say?  Are they only talking to me?  How come only a few (if any) heard this?  It is unnerving how real a voice can be, and how the person next to you won’t hear it.  This is why EVPs are so incredibly awesome, sometimes they catch what we can’t, more importantly, sometimes they support what only some hear.

This isn’t the movies

I always imagined ghost hunting would be like the movies; with things flying and the paranormal all but hits you in the face.  The truth is, it is so much more subtle than that.  It’s hours exploring through a dark mill following flickering shadows and a gut feeling until you hear a voice speak to you, and it’s terrifying  because you are surrounded by darkness and can only see through a 2″ x 2″ screen where the people you are hunting with, haven’t said a word…

Stay tuned for more paranormal experiences coming your way!

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