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Paranormal tourism: Fun or fraud?
#1
Labeling a location “haunted” is silly and borders on fraud. Ghost stories are stories. Unexplained or unnerving experiences that any individuals have reported in the past can not be confirmed. Once in a while, a historic tragedy can be confirmed at a precise location but a critical point is ignored: NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT GHOSTS EXIST! So, to say so matter-of-factly that a spirit lingers there that causes a visitor to get the heebie-jeebies is unreasonable speculation. Even if there are long-standing legends of strange events occurring at some location, to suggest that a place is haunted just to freak people out is contemptible.

Many of these ghost tours plant a seed in your mind and just by being fed a story tour guests will think they experience what was planted.
https://skeptoid.com/blog/2011/07/26/par...l_tourism/
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#2
I find a lot of it to be in bad taste.
It bugs me when you have people traipsing through a cemetery looking for ghosts, showing little respect.

Myrtles Plantation cashing in on ghost stories of a slave named Chloe. It just annoys me.

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#3
You can demonstrate that ghosts are real just as easily as you could prove that love is real. There are things that can not be put under a microscope or hooked up to a meter to prove they are real.

I have had it proven to me beyond any shadow of doubt that ghost are "real". I do not know what they are and do not claim that they are the spirits of our dead loved ones, demons, inter-dimensional beings, or any other label. Could I prove it to you? No, I can not, nor am I interested in doing so. I am a huge skeptic and hardly believe anything that I can not see or prove (to myself).

HOWEVER, It is my opinion that all those ghost tours are nothing more than scams that prey upon folks desires to experience something paranormal.


The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it. ~ Terry Pratchett

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#4
I was talking to someone who used to live on road that was rumored to be haunted. He actually had his own haunted barn story. But he told me that since the road and area were rumored to be haunted it would attract people curious to see something, teenagers and the like. So area boys would play pranks on them pretending to be ghosts in all sorts of way.

I was also talking to someone who ran ghost tours and he has stories about genuine ghost events in the haunted houses such as a force trying to push him down the strairs. My girlfriend also worked at a few places that were haunted and saw ghosts.

Toronto has many places that are considered to be haunted and the reports that are official are the tip of the iceberg.

Also, I don't think my area is haunted but I live in a laneway that is known as Dead Mans Alley because a corpse was stashed there once (at least). If I ever see anything I'll let ya know! Smile
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#5
I know the tour I went on (it was an hour long), it was legitimate. The group has evidence to back up every claim made in that building). In my hometown there is this place called spooky hollow that has a lot of stories surrounding it. I don't know if any groups has tried to investigate all of the rumors started by people who claimed satanic worshippers frequent the woods in that area as well as the screaming that people supposedly hear, I know there are teenagers that go into that area and do who knows what, supposedly animal control officers frequently find dead animals in that same area, again just rumors started by locals and probably people who opted to trespass sadly.
Tarantulas: i have 20 soon to be 25. Haunted places i've had the pleasure to visit: randolph county infirmary.

Short disclaimer/reminder:

It is not advised in any way to enter a property without the owners written permission. Those who trespass will likely be arrested for their actions and face prosecution, which may result in fines, community service, or worse jail. No location and potential haunting or urban legend is worth breaking the law no matter what your peers may say. 
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#6
I am going to go on my first haunted house tour next month. I hope its fun. I'll be doing the Distillery tour in Toronto.
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#7
I have mixed thoughts on the Paranormal Tourism industry. On one hand: Yes, it is unethical and arguably fraudulent to claim a location is haunted and make money from those claims when no one can actually prove a haunting. This desire to profit over a location's reputation for being haunted can sometimes lead to a very disrespectful, and often factually inaccurate portrayal of that location's history.

However, on the other hand, I do see some positives to Paranormal Tourism. People wanting to explore spooky places in order to scare the crud out of themselves and each other is nothing new. During the 80s and 90s, my area had a LOT of shutdowns of old, outdated hospitals, prisons, and factories. These places were hot spots for both legend trippers and kids just wanting a cool place to party. By the time I was old enough to actually enter field investigation work in the early 2000s, there were a ton of allegedly haunted locations literally being destroyed by vandals and neglect.

It was also around this time, though, that the first inklings of paranormal tourism started to really emerge. As TAPS grew in popularity and started investigating some of today's big pay-to-plays, owners realized they could cash in on this market. I'm not 100% on board with some of the exorbitant prices that a lot of places charge for the pleasure of investigating, but opening these places up to the public, playing on the haunted reputation, has allowed people LEGAL and safe access to some pretty awesome places. It has allowed funding to come in to help restore and maintain the historical integrity of these locations. And, if done properly, visitors who take a ghost tour, participate in an investigation, or just simply visit based on the haunted reputation may learn a thing or two about actual history.
Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State:
http://theresashauntedhistoryofthetri-st...gspot.com/
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#8
Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman, politician and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me," and his personal aim was "to put money in his own coffers." Barnum is widely credited with coining the adage, "There's a sucker born every minute," although no evidence can be found of him saying this.

I think it depends on how you go about it. Saying that something is legit when you can't prove it is silly. Barnum was a genius. People didn't know where the truth ended and the humbug began. He came right out and said, this is just a load of crap. That just made people want to go and see his 'genuine fakes' even more, because people want to believe in the paranormal and strange, even if they're told otherwise.
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