The celebration of Halloween comes from the ancient festival of Samhain, when it was believed that the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest. For those of you interested in this possibility and other paranormal phenomena, or if you’re just looking for a spooky—potentially even spectral—Halloween evening, than the Mount Ida Preservation Association in Troy has a spirited event that you won’t want to miss. Following the association’s daytime psychic fair will be a paranormal investigation into the former Church of Ascension gothic church and graveyard—reportedly a very “active” site.
The investigation is 18-and-over (with ID) and will be conducted by ExPERT, an extreme paranormal response team led by “squatch detective” (and demonologist) Steve Kulls, who has appeared on Nat Geo and the History Channel. The investigation includes a barbecue chicken dinner and a historical tour, and will go past the witching hour. Ticket sales will help fund the restoration of the 144-year-old church as part of its conversion into Mount Ida Preservation Hall, a community venue.
The Fall Psychic Fair is free and will have many activities for families and children, including a costume contest for kids, vibro-acoustic harp music, tarot and psychic readings, balloon magic and glitter painting, crafters and vendors, and experts on UFOs, Bigfoot, cryptids, and things that go bump in the night.
The Psychic Fair and Paranormal Investigation will be held Saturday (Oct. 31) at Mount Ida Preservation Hall (548 Congress St., Troy). Hours for the fair are 11 AM to 5 PM; the paranormal investigation will occur from 9 PM to 1 AM. The fair is free; tickets for the paranormal event and dinner are $30. For more information visit extremeparanormalteam.weebly.com.