It seems there is a lot going on these days in Oklahoma. Tours, ghost hunts and public events are busy as ever. It does not have to be Halloween to celebrate things that go bump in the night. In fact, things reports of paranormal activity take place all year around. Just wanted to shout out about a great event that will be taking place March 21, 2009 in El Reno, Oklahoma.
The 4th annual Oklahoma Paranormal Conference (ParaCon 2009) is set and tickets are already selling like hot cakes. New teams and individuals are starved for education when it comes to paranormal claims and this is one reason why we feel this years conference is going to be the best to date!
On top of having a great line up of speakers this year, it’s just going to be fun for everyone. Watch the promotional video here
Or visit www.ghouli.org for speaker details.
You will notice NewsOK blogger will be speaking at this event. We are happy to have his skepticism present this year. http://blog.newsok.com/smokeandmirrors/
No matter what you believe, most people enjoy a good ghost story. The Oklahoma Paranormal Conference is celebrating the ghost story with the states top story tellers and paranormal leaders. A new Oklahoma book will also be released. GHOSTLAHOMA is released at ParaCon 2009! This is a series book and we have already started writing Part II of this series. The next book will feature places where you can eat, sleep and drink… with a haunting history of course. So, we are taking your stories and following up your leads now. Want to help our or submit a story? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Investigations- My team and I are priviledged to be investigating the Historic Overholser Mansion. We have paired up with Preservation Oklahoma to investigate and potentially validate the haunting tales that surround the Mansion. We are excited about being able to work with such respected organizations within the state of Oklahoma where they are allowing us to preserve history, one ghost story at a time. If you would like to nominate a location, just contact us!
Tours for Fundraising- We ask that you support your local historical tours. Just pay close attention to where the money is going. If the tour is hosted by a ghost hunting team find out how much of the proceeds are going to historical preservation. Many property owners utlize haunting history to make extra money for repairs and up-keep. It is important that these properties are allowed to make as much money as possible to keep the lights on, windows in and paint on the walls. Most teams suggest that they are not for profit or they work for free. Please check with the property owners to make sure the funds are going into the building, not the ghost hunting teams pockets. If it’s a fund raiser for the team, they should have this posted on a website or brochure. It is typical for teams to be compensated for time and marketing efforts but it’s more important that these historical properties are raising funds more. Ask questions before you turn your money over. Not all tours are rip off’s! There are a lot of fantastic tours in the state of Oklahoma that offer a very nice evening and are very affordable. There are even teams that are licensed to run tours in the state of Oklahoma! Have fun! Red flag ghost hunting teams that have a tendency to scare people, get demon possessed or are utilizing tours for self promotion or a TV show. The teams should be promoting the historical property, not themselves. Just ask questions about where and how much of the money is going towards the historic property that is offering the tours.
I just wanted to give a heads up. My 2009 goals was to blog more and I will. I also wanted to let people know how they can get involved and network with others that have an interest in the paranormal. I will admit, we are excited about the great things the state of Oklahoma is allowing us to do this year and we hope to continue preserving the stories and legends that make Oklahoma an Unusual State.