This could be the Halloween season when you finally see a real ghost.
If you're wanting more adventure than simply handing candy out the door, check out this opportunity: bargains on haunted hotels, from Vermont to San Diego. I have long wanted to see a ghost — wanted that kind of proof of some sort of familiar existence on "the other side."
A few years ago, I went to Weymouth for a few days, a North Carolina writers' retreat where several people I know have encountered a stranger suddenly in the room with them, sitting across the room or on the edge of the bed. Or heard running footsteps outside in the hall, then banging on the bedroom door, then no one there.
I had no such experience on my visit. Though I did have hopes at one point in the night for a small overhead point of light that turned out to be a smoke alarm. (Have had the same experience at home with a cell phone charger.)
Now this morning, I get this email of travel bargains: Travelzoo Weekly Top 20. So enticing! The Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore? "Catch a glimpse of Victorian-attired ghosts in the hotel's ballroom."
The Queen Mary, now a hotel in Long Beach, CA. "A strong drink in the lounge with panoramic Pacific views might be necessary after spotting female spirits, still wearing 1930s swimsuits, in the first-class pool or a visit to Cabin B340, no longer rented out due to extreme paranormal activity."
Am I going? Well, not this year. My travel docket is already pretty well booked for the coming weeks. (Or is that an excuse?) But I'm definitely saving the list. Though I think that the ghostly encounters are probably not guaranteed, spirits being so hard to pin down.
I've mentioned my interest in meeting a ghost to a friend who sees them regularly. About my ambition, she says: "think twice about that." I think I'd like to to have one catch me unaware, without having to sit through uneasy moments waiting in the dark.
If you have an encounter in this spirited season, please do report here. I'd love to hear about it.
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