GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #74 - October 16, 2007

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

It's October... and that means our village is hoppin'! It's Halloween... it's Samhain... ghosts have center stage, not just in our lives, but in mainstream media as well. It's an opportunity to further the ghostly discussion, to increase awareness about who we are and what we do, and to have a little fun.

When I was growing up, Halloween meant monsters and ghosts were free to roam the streets, it meant chillier days were coming, but above all, it meant candy. My family was fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood where two or three hours of trick-or-treating could yield a pillowcase full of the sweet stuff, which my sister and I would spill out onto the floor so our mother could inspect when the night was through. This was the mid-eighties, the earlier days of worries about candy tampering, and so each wrapper was checked by Chief Inspector Mom before we could gorge ourselves into a sugar-induced coma.

My father simply sat back during the inspection process. Mom's Halloween lesson was not to trust anyone... Dad's lesson came after the inspection was complete: charity. My father suggested that my sister and I each take half of our candy to donate to the poor kids who lived in the town where my dad worked. My sister and I reluctantly agreed to help these underprivileged youths who were so poor they couldn't go begging for candy door-to-door like my sister and I did.

This was an annual ritual in my family that came to an abrupt halt when I was about twelve years old. I remember visiting my dad in his office in early November one year, and I noticed that his bottom desk drawer was open slightly. Many colorful objects inside caught my eye, and I looked down to discover our "charity" candy. My dad then taught me another valuable lesson -- some charities have huge overhead and only a small portion of the donations actually make it to the actual needy. In the case of my father's candy charity, his overhead was 100%. I can almost promise you that one day when my daughter is a little older and comes home with more candy than a Willy Wonka factory, I will most certainly pull this same scam on her.

So Halloween 2007 is upon us, and I'm experiencing my busiest busy season ever. It's been great to meet so many people at lectures and conferences who are curious about the haunts, to talk with so many media outlets about the subject, and to see all the attention we're getting around the world. This month I'm inviting you all to share your own memories of Halloween. We want to hear your feelings and ideas on this "Day of the Dead." Also keep your eyes glued to Ghostvillage.com each day leading up to October 31st. We have a lot of great content that will be coming online, plus on the 31st, our ghost hosts with the most, Ron Kolek and Maureen Wood, will be hosting a three-continent video and audio investigation and broadcast. You'll be able to see and hear it all from our site. You can check out all the activity at: http://www.ghostvillage.com/halloween.

Have a great October, and enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com



Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Kelly Dempster of Kinnear, Wyoming, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book, The Ghost Files, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!

This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link: http://www.ghostvillage.com/index.shtml#winner. If it says, "The search is on" then we don't have a winner yet and go ahead and send in your answer. If you see today's date and "We have a winner!" that means you weren't the first to email us. Sorry, please try again next month.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

What was the last movie Patrick Burke saw in a theater?

Once we have our winner, we will announce them on our home page as soon as possible. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)

This month's prize: We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's latest book, The Ghost Files, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!


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Supernatural Calendar
The Supernatural Calendar is the place where thousands will learn about your events of interest to the supernatural world. The service is only available to registered members of the message boards, and it's free! Ghostvillage.com now syndicates our calendar of events so other Web sites can also display these supernatural happenings at no charge! To learn more about installing our calendar of events RSS feed, please visit our syndication page. Adding your own local events to our calendar is more important than ever!

October 16: Jeff Belanger on KSNI in Santa Maria, CA, Jeff Belanger on WSEI 92.9 FM in Olney, IL
October 17: Jeff Belanger on WKIS 99.9 FM in Miami, Florida, Jeff Belanger at Bellingham, MA Library
October 18: Jeff Belanger on WPCK 104.9 FM in Green Bay, WI, Jeff Belanger on WQRL 106.3 FM in Benton, IL
October 18-21: Univ Con Paranormal Conference
October 22: Jeff Belanger on SNEP Live Radio, Jeff Belanger on WGRR in Cincinnati, OH
October 23: Jeff Belanger on WLPO in Oglesby, IL, Jeff Belanger on WPVL 107.1 FM in Platteville, WI
October 24: Jeff Belanger at the Mendon, MA Library, Jeff Belanger on WNDV 92.9 FM in South Bend, IN
October 25: Jeff Belanger on KOA-AM in Denver
October 26: Jeff Belanger on WTBQ in Florida, NY, Jeff Belanger on WSUL in Monticello, NY, Phantoms of the Baldwin
October 26-28: First Annual Chicago Ghost Conference, 2007 Allegan Paranormal Conference - Michigan
October 28: Jeff Belanger on the Travel Channel
October 29: Jeff Belanger on WFON K101.7 FM in Fond Du Lac, WI, Jeff Belanger on WTRC in Elkhart, IN, Jeff Belanger on KFXJ 104.5 FM in Wichita, KS, Jeff Belanger on KNOX AM 1310 in Grand Forks, ND, Jeff Belanger on WRIF in Detroit, MI, Jeff Belanger on WCUB in Manitowoc, WI
October 30: Jeff Belanger at Bellingham, MA Library, Jeff Belanger on CFRB Radio with Richard Syrett, Michigan's Haunting Experience Conference, Jeff Belanger on WLS AM 890 - Chicago, Jeff Belanger on NECN TV
October 31: Jeff Belanger on KTAO 101.9 FM in Taos, NM, Jeff Belanger on WFHN in Fairhaven, MA
November 2-3: Virginia City Ghost Conference - Nevada
November 10: Haunted Bed & Breakfast over nighter, IL

Who's Who in the Village?
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.

>>randystreu<< - member since January 14, 2004

What is your name?
Randy Streu

How old are you?
29

Where do you live?
Deep in the heart of Northern New York.

What do you do for a living?
I'm a radio DJ, studying for the ministry.

What got you interested in the paranormal?
Okay, this is a tough one. I've always had a passing interest in the paranormal -- by which I mean everything abnormal: cryptozoology, hauntings, aliens/UFOs, etc. This interest was solidified by an event in my near-adulthood, just before going to college, in which I was physically attacked by unseen forces (which today I believe to have been demonic in nature). You know, that stuff never sounds as crazy until you write it all out...

Do you think paranormal activity is on the rise worldwide?
I think it's possible. Or perhaps, thanks to the technology we have now, and a better understanding of the natural world, we are simply better at noticing when things are amiss. I think, too, people are so thirsty for meaning that there is a greater recognition (than in the recent past) that this physical world simply isn't all there is. This recognition then leads to a quest for understanding of what, exactly, is out there. This heightened overall interest could be responsible, either for an illusion of more paranormal activity, or, perhaps, because of this increased awareness, paranormal activity really is on the rise in response.

Do you have any special Halloween traditions?
I didn't have any. Except that I enjoy watching 3-4 horror movies on Halloween (Don't we all?). Now that I have kids, of course, we take them trick-or-treating. We shall see what the future brings.

Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Our last month's theme was The Ghost Files. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:

Library: The Ghost Files by Jeff Belanger - Author Interview
News: People Died to Get into Jeff Belanger's New Book, The Ghost Files


3-Continent Paranormal Radio Halloween Special
Three Continents Three Ghost Hunting Teams One Unbelievable Night

This Halloween, join The New England Ghost Project (United States), Haunted Devon (England), and Haunted Australia (Australia) for a night of extraordinary intrigue as they take you on a journey into the realm of the unknown, the unexplained, and the unbelievable. Become a virtual member of their teams as you witness their investigations unfold via a unique Web cam broadcast. You will even be able to interact with the teams via a special chat room on Ghostvillage.com.

So tune in this Halloween to: http://www.ghostvillage.com/halloween to catch every heart-pounding minute of this astounding event.


Shopping at Ghostvillage.com
Have you checked out our Ghost-Mart and Ghostvillage U.?

Ghostvillage U.: "Professor Paranormal" Loyd Auerbach and the HCH Institute's Distance Learning Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies is now available through Ghostvillage.com. Ready to take paranormal investigation to the next level? Check out the online courses.

Ghost-Mart:
Digital Voice Recorders: Going for EVP? Think DVR.
Paranormal Books: Ghost-Mart has many of the leading paranormal titles.
EMF Meters: Check out our line of EMF meters from cell sensors to tri-field.
Closed Circuit TV: From inexpensive to the high end, we have them all.


Supernatural Library
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.

This past month's Library additions:

Battlefield Guide to Ghost Hunting by Patrick Burke [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
The Ghost Files by Jeff Belanger [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Witch's Halloween by Gerina Dunwich
The Secret of the Butterfly Lovers by Keith Richardson
Memoirs of a Monster Hunter by Nick Redfern


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Recent Encounters
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:

Our Haunted Apartment - Edison, New Jersey
Red Eyes Under the Table - Connecticut
A Face in the Water at Disney Land - Anaheim, California [PIC]
Bell Witch Cave Encounter - Adams, Tennessee
Our Little Girl Spirit - El Monte, California
Canyon Sprit - Antelope Canyon, Arizona [PIC]
Yellow Eyes - Wildomar, California
Challenging Our Ghost - Newell/Fonda, Iowa
A Spirit's Warning - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
The Boy at the Foot of My Bed - Northern England
Gliding Down the Steps - Barre, Massachusetts


News
This is the place to find press releases and news items on paranormal happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our guidelines.

WANT THESE HEADLINES ON YOUR SITE FOR FREE? Syndicate our news! If you have a Web site or blog, you can syndicate our news feeds to your site for free. Join the growing list of Web sites who carry our news by visiting our syndication page.

Author John Kachuba to Auction His Ghosthuntermobile for UNICEF
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure Set to Haunt North America this November
Ghost Hunter Found Guilty The Journal Martinsburg, West Virginia - October 10, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Searching for Spirits Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake City, Utah - October 4, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghost Hunters Visit Motel Cibola County Beacon Grants, New Mexico - September 27, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghosts, Phantoms, Spirits, and Author Jeff Belanger to Haunt Bellingham, MA Public Library
Ghost Hunters Visit Motel Cibola County Beacon Grants, New Mexico - September 27, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
At Cursed Bridge, Oxford Paranormals Summon the Dead AL.com Birmingham, Alabama - September 25, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Inside the National Security Agency: Are Psychic Spies Watching You? American Chronicle Beverly Hills, California - September 21, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Michigan Paranormal Encounters Presents the 2007 Allegan Paranormal Conference, October 26th And 27th in Allegan, Michigan [EXTERNAL NEWS]
People Died to Get into Jeff Belanger's New Book, The Ghost Files



Features
Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

Madison, Georgia - Ghost Chronicles - October 10, 2007 [PODCAST]
Halloween Special: New London Ledge Lighthouse - Ghost Chronicles - October 3, 2007 [PODCAST]
French Ghosts - by Lee Prosser - October 3, 2007 [COLUMN]
The Psychomanteum Chamber - Ghost Chronicles - September 26, 2007 [PODCAST]
Ghost Hunters Spotlight: C.A.S.P.R. - Ghost Chronicles - September 19, 2007 [PODCAST]
Jesse James - by Lee Prosser - September 18, 2007 [COLUMN]


Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and Ghostvillage.com founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the supernatural. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please email us for more information.

Events Scheduled:

Bellingham Library - Bellingham, Massachusetts - October 17, 2007
Mendon Town Hall - Mendon, Massachusetts - October 24, 2007
Bellingham Library - Bellingham, Massachusetts - October 30, 2007
Virginia City Ghost Conference - Virginia City, Nevada - November 2-3, 2007
Tombstone Ghost Conference - Tombstone, Arizona - February 7-9, 2008


Hot Threads and the Ghostvillage.com Community
In the past month, hundreds of new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

Legend of Onionhead
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=5155
Have you heard this legend from a sleepy Civil War cemetery?

Consumerism or Spirituality?
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=20337
Should we make our own religious aids or buy them?

Ghost Dreams
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=21234
What do dreams about ghosts mean?

The Buxton Inn, Granville OH
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=16195
Do things go bump in the night at one of Ohio's oldest inns?

What kind of scary movies do you like?
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=6424
It's that time of year, the temperature drops, night falls early, the wind rustles the leaves, and the overall atmosphere calls for snuggling down with some popcorn and someone to cling to as Hollywood does its level best to terrify us for an hour or two. What's your favorite kind of scary movie?

Halloween Fun
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=21183
Fun stuff online for Halloween.

Night of the Living Dead
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=8971
How long can you defend yourself against zombies?

Brain-Eating Ameoba
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=21139
Brain-eating amoeba kills Arizona boy.

How Open Are You to Believing?
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=20637
How quick are you to admit believing?


Board of the Month -- Halloween 2007
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showforum=27
Discuss your Samhain/Halloween traditions, rituals, and memories.

Ghostvillage.com Quick Stats:
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689 "Personal Encounters" published on Ghostvillage.com
846 Paranormal Web sites in the Ghost Links directory
32,355 Subscribers to this newsletter
8,049,960 Total Web site "hits" for Ghostvillage.com in September


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