Showing posts with label Boston paranormal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Boston paranormal. Show all posts

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.

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, 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, 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.

Omni Parker House's spooky mirror
The Omni Parker House (60 School Street, 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, 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?

Union Oyster House (41 Union St.,, 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.,, 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.

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.,

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Ghostly encounter at the Omni Parker House hotel

The recently refurbished Omni Parker House, apparently the most haunted hotel in New England since opening its doors in October of 1855, has had an alleged history of paranormal activity.

Guests report seeing the misty apparition of the hotel's founder, Harvey Parker, who has reportedly been seen roaming the 10th floor annex. While they mention the close encounter of the Parker kind, staffers at the hotel insist that he hasn't been around lately. The last sighting was apparently two decades ago.

However, one Loaded Gun reader says he recently had a ghostly close encounter on the 10th floor at the Omni Parker House.

"I've been staying at the Omni Parker House for the past few days and find it to be a very comfortable stay," says Tim Shields from Des Moines, Iowa. "I haven't seen Mr Parker on the 10th floor, where I'm staying. However, I have heard what sounds to be a rocking chair in my room in the middle of the night."

Shields recounts his paranormal experience in detail.

"It seems to be coming from near the window. At first I suspected it was a bird scratching outside my window. However, when I looked outside -- no bird -- and birds don't usually fly at night."

Shields continues, "My room looks over an old historic cemetery and a statue of Benjamin Franklin in the courtyard of the Old City Hall. I have to say that I'm not a big believer in ghosts ... but this is unusual."

Click here for the Omni Parker House's ghostly backstory.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Sci Fi's 'Ghost Hunters' films in Somerville complex

Do spirits frolic in Sacco's Bowl-Haven in Somerville? Danielle Dreilinger reports in today's Boston Globe that crews from the Sci Fi Channel show "Ghost Hunters" were in Somerville last month to investigate so-called haunts at the Davis Square complex.

This throwback to the '50s exudes what Somerville used to be like before the influx of young professionals. Locals flock to Sacco's Bowl-Haven, which originally opened it doors in 1939, to strike out with candlepin bowling and play a few rounds of reasonably priced pool.

Co-owner J.P. Sacco tells Dreilinger that he's a few close encounters of the paranormal kind.

"And then there's the dark shadow," he recalls, adding that a few times after the lights went off, a "mass would go flashing by me at very high speed."

Crews consulted with local historian Dee Morris, who didn't dig up anything ghostly about the location's history, and shot the intro sequence in the complex's boiler room on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Click here for the Globe story.
Photo by Sam Baltrusis

Monday, November 17, 2008

Creepy tale from Charlesgate Hotel dorm alum

Since I first blogged about the haunted history of the Charlesgate Hotel here, I've received several e-mails from former Emerson and Boston University students who spent time in this creepy campus haunt before it was converted into an upscale condo building.

Here's the latest:

"Went to Emerson for grad school from '87 to '89. My friends lived on the sixth and the top floors. This was nicknamed the 'suicide dorm' when it was part of Boston University's campus," writes Mark in Arizona. "I always felt creeped out in that place, and though we weren't allowed, we did play with a ouija board."

Here's where it gets strange:

"It led us to find a door hidden in a closet that led to a small hidden space between walls. An old fireplace was in it and a shoe from what looked like the middle of the 20th century. After that, one of our friends who was involved became very sick and started acting strangely. Pretty creepy."

Click here for my original posting on the Boston haunt.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Ghosts near Forest Hills Cemetery?

Here's a photo I shot last week for a freelance project that continues to creep me out. If you take a close look at the open door, there's a a ghostly figure peeking out.

Paranormal apparition? Perhaps.

What's so weird about this picture is that I'm currently working on a book project called "Campus Haunts: School Spirits of the Northeast" where I'm exploring paranormal activity at a handful of college dorms/schools scattered throughout New England.

The writing project will cover everything from my old dorm room on the 4th Floor of Boston University's Shelton Hall (rumor is Eugene O'Neil and his wife Carlotta continue to haunt the Writer's Corridor) to the former Charlesgate Hotel in the Back Bay.

Note: Click on the photo for the hi-res. version to see the so-called ghost. Honestly, I'm more of a Scully than Mulder, but I did think it was kind of a weird shot. When I looked at the photo at my work computer today (it's an older monitor), I didn't see much of anything either.

Also, my blog was down today. Traffic to my site spiked dramatically around 11 am this morning. Thanks Universal Hub for the plug.
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