By Tori Linville

Local paranormal expert says leave ghost hunting to the experts

 

Halloween is right around the corner and there’s costumes to wear, candy to be passed out and fun times to be had.

 

If part of your plan happens to be trying to communicate with the other side, however, you might want to rethink things. David Higdon, founder and lead investigator for the Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group, has plenty of reasons why ghosts should be left to the professionals.

Rain has dampened the annual Halloween celebration on Sorority Row at the Capstone. Tonight’s planned Trick or Treat event is off – and unfortunately, it won’t be rescheduled, according to an official statement from the University of Alabama.

The UA Panhellenic Association made the call because let’s face it: It’s raining now, and it’s going to continue to rain for a while. The Sorority Row trick or treating event is primarily an outdoor thing, and if you’ve ever gone trick or treating in the pouring rain, you know – it’s not a ton of fun.

You can read the official statement from UA on the cancellation here.

 

It’s that time: Tannehill’s tremendously popular Halloween Festival is happening on Saturday, Oct. 31. If you’ve never been, it’s an outstanding event.

This (non-scary) Halloween Festival is fun-filled and focused on the Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park campgrounds, which are extensively decorated with lights, giving the area a creative, surreal vibe.

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Haunted houses are everywhere in Alabama and we put together a list of ones to visit if you dare!

 

Atrox Factory

 

Columbia Manor

 

Haunted House of Horrors

 

Haunted Lester Hospital

 

Hollis Haunted Chicken House

  • 7522 Hwy 431, Heflin, Alabama 36264
  • $15 1 Token / $25 2 Tokens / $40 3 Tokens
  • Open every Friday and Saturday from 7pm – 12am.
  • http://hauntedchickenhouse.net

 

Insanitarium

 

Popes Haunted Farm

 

Sloss Fright Furnace

  • 20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • $20 - $24 general admissions
  • All ages can take the furnace tour.  The trail tour is restricted to age 14 and up unless accompanied by adults
  • Open every day of the week
  • http://www.frightfurnace.com/index.asp

 

Spook Trail Maze of Monsters & Mayhem

  • 17347 Highway 269, Quinton, Alabama
  • $15 general admission or $10 with a canned food item
  • The trail is open every Friday and Saturday night.  It opens at 7pm and closes at 12am.
  • http://spooktrail.tripod.com/spooktrail2.html

 

Terrortorium

 

Twysted Souls Haunted Trail

 

Warehouse 31

  • 3150 Lee Street, Pelham, Alabama 35124
  • VIP pass $49.95
  • Gates are open 6:30 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 11 pm on other nights.
  • Free parking is available.
  • http://warehouse31.com

 

 

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By Tori Linville

 

Maybe it’s a silhouette out of the corner of your eye. It could be hushed voices when no one’s around. Maybe something falls off a shelf unexpectedly. Or a cold rush overcomes you and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

 

These are just a few experiences you could have in some of Alabama’s haunted places – some people have already had them. We’ve listed some places around your area that are known for their supernatural residents. Feel free to visit – if you dare.

 

TUSCALOOSA

 

The Jemison Center at Old Bryce Mental Hospital

 

There are several things said about “Old Bryce,” and most is usually fiction. Some claim that former slaves were forced back into slavery at the facility. Since it wasn’t founded as a health care provider until the 1920s, the slave theory doesn’t make much sense. Regardless, the patients who lived in the facility most likely did live through the abuse that occurred for many mental patients during the time. Here’s what people have recorded from their visits:

·      unexplained voices, footsteps

·      unexplained slamming doors

·      unexplained hair pulling

·      sensation of being hit or kicked

 

If visiting Old Bryce sounds like fun to you, we wouldn’t advise it. Trespassers caught on the grounds will be prosecuted for breaking the law.

 

Moundville Archeological Park

 

Down the road in Moundville, the Moundville Archeological Park is home to the remains of a large settlement created by the native peoples who lived in the area beside the Black Warrior River. The mounds in the settlement helped support residences, were used for a mortuary and had other uses. It’s said the spirits of the Moundville natives can still be felt among the grounds. Here’s the spooky run-down of what’s been seen and heard:

·      faint drumming heard at night

·      light coming from one of the larger mounds, taking the shape of a pyramid

 

BIRMINGHAM

 

Sloss Furnaces

 

There’s a reason both paranormal reality shows “Ghost Adventures” and “Ghost Hunters” have investigated the happenings at Sloss Furnaces. Creepy stories and legends practically hold up the walls to Sloss Furnaces, the old pig iron manufacturer. More than 60 workers died during the furnace’s heyday. The deaths were nasty accidents, though some contest that some were murdered. Here’s what has been experienced:

·      apparitions of figures throughout the furnaces

·      sounds of workers moving behind/beside visitors

·      pipes banging and other residual noises

·      two investigators reported having been slapped in the face

 

Hotel Highland/Pickwick Hotel

 

The Hotel Highland features many unexplained events that leave visitors scratching their heads. Known also as the Pickwick Hotel in the 1950s, the building used to be known as The Pickwick Club before that. It was also once a medical building. Some say a nurse still roams the halls of the hotel. Here’s what’s floating around:

·      ghostly figures sighted frequently, including a little girl, a man in a suit in the dining room and a woman in a long dress entering the elevator

·      eerie, cold feeling in basement gym, which used to be a morgue, along with strange smells

·      feeling of being touched

·      feeling of being watched

 

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Kate Shepard House Bed and Breakfast

 

The gorgeously decorated bed and breakfast has said to have visitors that are always checked in. Run by friendly staff and teaming with Southern charm and history, there’s no questioning why the masses flock to the breathtaking home. Here’s what those who got to check out have reported:

·      an apparition of an elderly woman seen in guest rooms

·      strange presence felt by staff and customers

 

Battle House Renaissance Hotel

 

A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Battle House Renaissance Hotel is known for its luxurious ways. The hotel regularly aces customer reviews, and lists a 4.8 for service and cleanliness via a 5.0 scale on its website. While the hotel has been renovated, history can’t be removed like drywall. Here’s what’s been reported:

·      unexplained voices and apparitions

·      faucets turning on and off by themselves

·      unexplained photo evidence of apparitions

 

BONUS: CAHABA

 

Once known as the state’s capital, Cahaba, Alabama is now a certified ghost town. Eerie, empty buildings are only maintained by the Alabama Historical Commission. Abandoned streets, cemeteries and ruins are the only markers that anyone ever lived in the town.

 

Check out hauntedplaces.org for more ghostie fun.

 

Photo credit: Old Cahaba Facebook page.   

 

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Looking for some spooky Halloween fun for the kids this year? Tuscaloosa’s Children’s Hands-On Museum has the answer. On Thursday, Oct. 22, CHOM will hold its 10th Annual Halloween Spooktacular and Monster Mash Ball.

CHOM Pre-K and Public Programs Coordinator Kelly Adams says this year’s celebration will be bigger and better than ever.

“With the addition of our ‘Moo Moo Moo a Healthy You’ exhibit we don’t have access to the gazebo this year, so we’re opening up the third floor of CHOM to accommodate DJ Chuckie and several of the other activities. We’ll have three floors of fun that night.”

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By Courtney Corbridge

 

By the time summer rolled around each year, the only things left in my trick-or-treat pillowcase at the base of my closet were a few rolls of Smarties and a bunch of empty wrappers. Summer popsicles and ice cream cones set my sweet tooth at bay, but by September, when I found myself back in school, I often had one thing on the edge of my mind—Halloween. I dreamed of dressing up, bringing home my weight in chocolate, and then trading out treats with my siblings on the living room floor. It was one of the great meccas of childhood.

 

But not for everyone. In fact, while almost all of my friends loved dressing up and going from house to house, a few of them got the short end of the stick when it came to trick or treating. And the biggest setback was typically allergies! One of my closest friends was actually allergic to chocolate! Can you imagine? Others had peanut allergies, and others weren’t allowed to have sugar. Unfortunately, this is a fairly common thing for a lot of kids. The most common kid allergies include milk, eggs, nuts, and wheat. So how can we help those deserving kids find the magic in Halloween and trick or treating as well? Here are a few alternatives you can consider to your typical candy-in-a-bowl routine.

 

--Mini Nail Polish

--Spider Stamps

--Hair Accessories

--Crazy Straws

--Small Bags of Legos

--Mini Whistles

--Mini Bubbles Bottles

--Foam Masks

--Yoyos

--Halloween Cookie Cutters

--Finger Puppets

--Mini Notepads or Coloring Books

--Temporary Tattoos

--Bouncy Balls

--Mini Slinkys

--Halloween Rings

--Halloween Erasers

--Mini Playdoughs

--Glowsticks

--Sticky Hands

--Stickers

--Fake Dracula Teeth

--Mini Flash Lights

 

Last year Food Allergy Research and Education, Inc. (FARE) started an awareness program for kids with allergies called The Teal Pumpkin Project. Families who are committed to giving healthy alternatives on Halloween can put a teal pumpkin by their doorstep so that trick or treaters and their parents can identify allergy-friendly homes. If you would like to join in, please visit http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.VfhBtxFVikp to learn more. 

 

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