Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Travel Guide: 'Paranormal Activity 4' in Boston

'Paranormal Activity 4' creeps into theaters Oct. 19
Believe in ghosts? You're not alone … in this world or the next. With “Paranormal Activity 4” creeping into theaters on Friday, Oct. 19 and Halloween lurking in the horizon, we've assembled a motley crew of ghoulish events inspired by the supernatural flick guaranteed to get you into the spirit of the season. Yep, it's time to whip out your “Ghost Hunters” gear.

WHAT TO DO: 
Whether you're a believer in the “Boo!” business or just an amused skeptic, historical-based ghost tours are a spooktacular way to dig up the dirt from our city's not-so-Puritanical past. Haunted Boston (8 p.m. nightly, www.hauntedboston.com) offers a 90-minute romp around the Central Burial Ground and leaves no gravestone unturned in the Boston Common.

 Like your poltergeists wicked smart? There's the Cambridge Haunts (7:30 p.m. nightly, www.cambridgehaunts.com) ghost tour in Harvard Square which boasts spine-tingling tales from the crypt pulled from Cambridge's crimson-stained history. According to tour guides, Harvard's Massachusetts Hall has one respectable-looking student who returns every fall claiming to be a member of the class of 1914. Apparently, the residual apparition of Holbrook Smith never got the memo that he was kicked out of the Ivy League almost a century ago.

WHERE TO STAY: 
Omni Parker House's spooky mirror
The Omni Parker House (60 School Street, www.omnihotels.com) is arguably the most haunted hotel in New England since opening its doors in October of 1855 and boasts a slew of ghostly reports including several from the hotel's namesake, Harvey Parker.


In an attempt to rid the building of any negative residual energy haunting The Liberty Hotel (215 Charles Street, www.libertyhotel.com) management brought in a team of Buddhist monks to perform a cleansing ritual. Formerly the Charles Street Jail which housed a rogues' gallery of old clientele including several mob bosses, the posh hotel was the home of the Hub's “most wanted.” Has it become Boston's most haunted?

WHERE TO EAT: 
Union Oyster House (41 Union St., www.unionoysterhouse.com), which originally opened in 1826, hosted many famous politicos including President John F. Kennedy and Daniel Webster, who notoriously devoured six plates of oysters while tossing back a tumbler of brandy almost daily. Workers report feeling “a presence” or an odd energy emanating from the downstairs area.

The Brahmin (33 Stanhope St., www.thebrahmin.com), a new restaurant and lounge in Boston's Back Bay, is reportedly haunted by a phantom wearing an old-fashioned gray suit. The restaurant's owners have seen shadows moving underneath the door as if someone were pacing back and forth.

WHO TO SEE: 
Chip Coffey, author and well-known psychic medium known for his work on Syfy's “Paranormal State” and A&E's “Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal,” promises a spirited night out with his Coffey Talk Tour 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Omni Parker House (60 School St., click here for tickets).

There's also “Ghost Whisperer” James Van Praagh, a spiritual medium and best-selling author of “Ghosts Among Us,” who promises to raise the dead … or at least communicate with them … at his upcoming event 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Wilbur Theatre (246 Tremont St., www.wilburtheatre.com).
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