Fifteen years ago... on a night just like this one... I sat in my apartment toiling away trying to learn how to build a Web site. Little did I know that figuring out some HTML and combining my love of writing about haunted places would one day turn into a career. Yet here we are a decade and half later, with Ghostvillage.com celebrating its 15th birthday.
Ghost stories matter.
Back when Ghostvillage.com was just six Web pages, I didn’t know that yet. But over time as I’ve watched the cathartic response from people who share their encounters and lift the weight of the experience from their shoulders, I’ve come to know that this subject touches on something both deep and primal. Ghosts connect us with our past and with each other. They’re the fabric of our spirituality, and they matter.
October is the time for ghosts because 2,000 years ago in a cave in Ireland, the Celtic people believed that the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead grew thinnest on Samhain… October 31st. They believed that ghosts, goblins, imps, and fairies could come into our world and meddle in our affairs. They dressed their children as these creatures to confuse the beasts so as not to lose their kids to the creatures of the underworld.
For two millennia we have known that this is the time for ghosts. And while there may very well be more spirits present in May, this is the month most of the world pays attention. Horror movies come out, we decorate our yards, and dress as the creatures we fear most. Two thousand years of connections have told us this is the time when the veil is thin. Though the holiday was renamed and rebranded along the way, the roots have never changed. Call it Halloween if you will, but each time we don the scary mask or pour candy into a trick-or-treater’s bag, we take part in a ritual that goes back a long way and has become collective property worldwide. We all own Halloween now. Just as it owns a piece of us.
Though I hardly have time to sleep during this month, I still love every piece of the Halloween experience. I love that my favorite subject shines in the public spotlight, even if only for a few weeks. It’s amazing how many people visit Ghostvillage this month to share in the ghost experience. And I love meeting so many new faces each night as I give talks all over about things that bump in the night.
Besides my nightly talks, there are a few other items to watch for this month. First, don’t miss the Ghost Adventures Halloween special on October 31st at 9 PM. The guys travel to Ireland to explore the roots of our favorite holiday! And speaking of Travel Channel, I contributed to their "Travel’s Best of Halloween 2014."
I’m also proud to announce that a new episode of my Emmy-nominated New England Legends show will air on two PBS stations: Watch Wednesday, October 29th at 8 PM on Rhode Island PBS, and Thursday, October 30th at 10 PM on WGBY in Springfield, Massachusetts. The new episode is called “Maritime Mysteries” and dives into the ocean waters of southeastern New England to explore the lonely and haunted Rose Island Lighthouse off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. Then we head to shore to ponder an ancient and mysterious stone tower with possible connections to the Knights Templar. Finally, we trek up to New Bedford, Massachusetts, to investigate the haunts of abandoned Fort Taber / Fort Rodman. DVDs will also be for sale on our Web site around the same time. Don’t miss it!
Happy Halloween and blessed Samhain to you all!
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
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A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Hudson Historical Society - Hudson, New Hampshire - October 16, 2014 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Uxbridge Free Public Library - Uxbridge, Massachusetts - October 20, 2014 6:30PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Peterborough Town Library - Peterborough, New Hampshire - October 21, 2014 7:00PM
Ouija: The Most Dangerous Game...or Family Fun? An Evening with Robert Murch and Jeff Belanger - Salem, Massachusetts - October 22, 2014 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Haverhill Public Library - Haverhill, Massachusetts - October 23, 2014 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - University of New Haven - West Haven, Connecticut - October 27, 2014 4:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - North Adams Public Library - North Adams, Massachusetts - October 28, 2014 6:30PM
Jeff Belanger and New England Legends on RI PBS - Providence, Rhode Island - October 29, 2014 7:30PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Lincoln Public Library - Lincoln, New Hampshire - October 30, 2014 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at SUNY Genesee Community College - Batavia, New York - November 7, 2014 7:30PM
Old Mill ParaFest - Dundee, Michigan - November 8, 2014
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at Mercyhurst University - Erie, Pennsylvania - November 15, 2014 9:00PM
The Afterlife Paranormal Conference and Film Festival - Chicago, Illinois - November 21-23, 2014
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at Conant Public Library - Sterling, Massachusetts - February 19, 2015 6:00PM
A Weird Massachusetts Evening with Jeff Belanger at Richards Memorial Library - Paxton, Massachusetts - March 5, 2015 7:00PM
Dark Journeys: Exploring Urban Legends with Jeff Belanger at the Whitman Public Library - Whitman, Massachusetts - June 15, 2015 6:30PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Gilford Public Library - Gilford, New Hampshire - July 9, 2014 6:30PM
Strange Escapes: The Haunted Mount Washington Resort - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - August 28-29, 2015
Paranormal Disney World Trip - Orlando, Florida - September 11-13, 2015
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Lawrence Library - Pepperell, Massachusetts - October 22, 2015 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Kimball Library - Atkinson, New Hampshire - October 27, 2015 6:30PM
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