Recently on “THE DEVIL” (also known as Social Media) I saw a post condemning paranormal groups and event organizations for monopolizing an entire season of prime calendar dates at desirable haunted locations. While I understand this business practice I personally feel that it really does not give the common researcher a chance to enjoy a quality “hunt.” (How I hate that term! Someday I want to see ghost heads mounted on a wall…while I gaze at them while wearing my invisible smoking jacket!)
Let’s face it people, public “theme” hunts are fun but in most cases tend to be more of a social outing for a bunch of thrill seekers than a group of serious investigators. With every single weekend being tied up by a single organization, this will hamper a para group’s ability to be able to book for themselves a private, non public investigation at a time when the majority of their people…WHO ACTUALLY MIGHT WORK FOR A LIVING… the opportunity to travel any distance to experience such an historic haunted location.
Also many folk enjoy producing small video and documentary projects, myself included. They love to book a location for a 24 hour period and do their thing unhampered by the screams and noise of those who may not share their level of dedication to investigating historic and beautiful places. By booking every prime weekend date from April through early November it prohibits this type of activity.
Lets also talk about costs. In most cases a location can be booked at a cheaper rate than through blanket organizations. The Event Organization has to make enough cash to rent out the venue, pay it’s docents, and make a tidy profit for the big dogs. That all adds to the cost of the rental.
Next what bothers me personally is that while these Event Organizations don’t care about other events that might go on at certain locations they will exercise their “might” into making sure that they are the only “ghost show” in town regardless if it’s a quality one or not. Other’s who only wish to do non investigative but ghost related events at “their” location are prevented from doing so. (Even if it would result in 100% of the entire ticket price going to the location as a donation. Seriously?)
It must be remembered that it is ultimately the location’s choice and a choice is a choice…even if it is a bad one. I for one respect choices even when I disagree with them. A Christian friend of mine (yes I have a couple) once said: “My God tell us to forgive and I forgive. But forgiving is not being weak. It is being strong and you need to be strong NOT TO REPEAT THE PAST!” I sort of like that quote. It’s a little Old Testament sounding and kickass.
Both the Event organization as well as the location owners had better stop and give this matter some thought! What will happen if this becomes so wide spread that the entire Ghost Hunting FAD slows down to a trickle? I’ll tell you what will happen….the Event Organizers will probably have to find a job in the real world or find another teat to suckle. The locations will once again need to BEG for more cash because of operating expenses. Most that are under the supervision of well meaning but short sighted boards will be forced to close and fall by the wayside. They become simply more victims of mismanagement who prized the immediate cash flow rather than think of long term gains. Let’s also not forget that many in the field have long memories. When the event organizers see that the locations are no longer their CASH COW and event attendance drops off, people will remember how they were treated. Justified retribution no…human nature yes.
Here’s my take people…..I fully support haunted location owners who offer a variety of events and activities through out the year. These are the owners who allow a various organizations to run individual events (within the location’s rules and regulations) on a first come, first serve basis for prime dates. They are the survivors who will be successful in the long haul. It’s Karma people! What you put out there you get back! Thankfully there are several in my backyard of Western New York that fall under this category.
My advice is If a certain location is on your bucket list then fine go. It’s intrinsically important to you so being there sometimes is more fun than sitting in the dark talking to yourself. But set yourself some clear cut goals! It’s a buyer beware market out there kiddies! Know just what you are getting into and if you don’t like the rules…move on! The locations need us more than we need the locations.
Most importantly when confronted by this type of situation….Use your imaginations and creativity! Contact locations that are more investigator friendly. If you are looking to produce a show…LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE! If you want to book a place for a class or lecture….THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER PLACES THAT WANT YOU! Get out there and network! No one promised you a free investigation or anything for that matter easy in life. It’s up to you to decide. Me ~ I vote with my feet. If I think something sucks, I walk away and don’t look back!