On a whim a couple weeks ago, I was scanning the “events” tab on Facebook and saw a suggested event for ghost hunting at Casa Loma. Being a huge fan of Ghost Hunters and similar TV shows, I was immediately intrigued and knew I had to attend this event at one of my favourite Toronto landmarks. Hosted by Canada’s Most Haunted, myself and a few other ghost hunting friends, including Ardo (of A.A. Omer), bought tickets for the Saturday evening. We weren’t sure what to expect except that it was a sold out event with about 60 attendees, but a couple of my friends definitely came prepared with flashlights and EMF readers on their phones for the investigating!
Upon arriving at the castle at 6:45, we were soon let into the building and congregated in the library until the co-owner/creator, Michelle, and her team came up to the front and spoke about the stories, their experiences and the equipment they used. This portion seemed a bit too long, as a lot of the attendees were shuffling more in their seats and starting to get restless. Starting at 7, we sat there and listened to them speak for a good 50 minutes before taking a 10 min break. During the break, where we could have had a chance to take a look at the equipment that was set up on the table, some of the team members were already starting to pack it up. It wasn’t until after 8pm that we finally broke out into two groups to do some investigating.
Our group went to the tunnels first where we stopped at certain points in the 800ft stretch to hear about hotspots and experiences the investigating team had had in there before. It was at this point that my friend with me (who said to me before this that ghosts “love” her) felt her finger being touched. I saw her flinch at one point, thinking it was the condensation from the pipes running along the length of the tunnel but her fingers were dry. She had felt two distinct cold tap-taps on her right ring finger mere seconds before our tour guide told us that this was one of the most active spots in the tunnel. 0_0
We then stopped at the garage area where we did a brief EVP session (electronic voice phenomenon.. where voices might come through on digital recorders) in the dark before checking out the stables area and then being given free reign to wander and investigate certain areas of the tunnel and lower levels before meeting back at the grand hall just before 9pm. We took this opportunity to go back through the tunnels with our recorders going, now that it was relatively quieter. A few of us wandered to the unfinished swimming pool area (that always gave me the creeps) and we did an EVP session there while the others turned back to check out the tunnels again. Once we regrouped in the great hall, my friends told me how their phones had completely shut down in the middle of investigating the tunnels, and then once again completely shut itself off while in the swimming pool area!
After another brief break, our group then took the tour of the main castle area. We were told of some stories and occurrences in the main bedrooms and then did another EVP session in one of the ballrooms.
It was at this point that it really started to bother some of us. There were giggles and laughter coming from a few of the attendees during this quiet moment and it just seemed so immature and juvenile. That, mixed with very young fussy children & not-funny wisecracks from other attendees throughout the evening made for a frustrating visit overall. On top of that, there was not nearly enough time to actually do any wandering or investigating of sorts. I know the ticket cost was solely the admission to the castle and not specifically for the tour, but with the 3 hrs we were there, 1 of which was sitting in a room listening and MAYBE a total of 20 minutes collectively throughout the night, I’m amazed that people can catch evidence at all let alone the few small experiences we did have.
The ghost hunt was definitely something I’m glad I had gone to experience & the tour leaders had some good stories and definitely knew what they were talking about, but perhaps some humble, well-meaning suggestions on how to make it even more enjoyable for the attendees:
- Smaller groups. Even with 60+ people, split into two groups, it’s still way too many people for a quiet ghost hunt
- No small children. It’s late. Why are they even still up & out? They’ll get fussy and their attention span is zilch when you’re wandering around in the dark with nothing to look at.
- Less talking, more ghost hunting. The beginning chat was definitely way too long. Needed to be more streamlined & polished so people aren’t getting tired before even setting out to investigate.
- Crowd control. Okay, true.. it’s not like you can really tell people NOT to come, but really – why are they here if they’re not taking this seriously? It’s not free. They’re paying money to attend something that they’re going to make jokes or laugh through the whole thing? Judge the crowd. If nobody thought it was funny the first time, stop making comments. It’s now rude.
I actually didn’t even think I caught anything, once I got home and looked through the pictures and listened through the recordings. It wasn’t until I took a second glance through the pics that I saw the small blue orb in the picture up above there. It’s very small, and often dust could be misconstrued as “orbs” but this one is coloured. Interestingly enough, there’s also a post in the Facebook group from one of the members that mentions the small blue orbs that have been spotted.
Funny enough, I love this kind of stuff but I haven’t had the nerve to go back and listen uber carefully to all my voice recordings yet…. afraid of what I might hear! Finally got around to listening to the EVPs. One of them, I can hear whistling and some heavy breathing into the recorder. None of us were breathing heavy and none of us remember hearing any whistling. 0_0
What’s this? A giveaway??
I had purchased Ghost Trackers by Jason Hawes & Grant Wilson (stars of Ghost Hunters) from Book Depository but when it arrived, I realized it was the mass market paperback version (and not the trade…) and being picky, it didn’t match the other book I had by them.. 😳
The cost of sending it all the way back for a refund didn’t make sense, so I thought I’d save it and give it away on this very appropriate post!
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