Halloween and Ghosts

Halloween and ghosts… what’s the connection?

Most ghost hunters insist that Halloween is the best night of the year for paranormal research.  (I’d add the last night of April as a close second, but Halloween is at the top of my list, too.)

The reason for Halloween being a “best” night for ghosts, is rooted in Celtic lore.

Whether you’re talking about ghosts, faeries, or anything that “goes bump in the night,” Celtic traditions focus on “between times.”

The Celts — and several other cultures — believed that spirits of all kinds could enter our world during those “betweens.”

In more modern terms, “the veil is thinner” at those between-times.

The between-time can be dawn or dusk; both are between day and night.

It may be midnight, or the “Witching Hour,” because it’s between the calendar days.

Or, at the last day of October, we’re between the end of the harvest and the start of winter.  In earlier times when the calendar was based on the agricultural year, the end of the harvest is like New Year’s Eve.  The Celtic word for Halloween night is Samhain (pronounced “SAHH-when”).

Keep in mind that, in Celtic history, Samhain wasn’t always Halloween night… the last night of October.  It was simply the night when everyone celebrated because the crops were finally harvested, and the agricultural year was over.  So, the actual date might vary by days or even weeks.

That between-times (or between-seasons) note is the same reason why the last night of April is good for ghost hunting:  Agriculturally, it’s a dramatic change of seasons.

That night is Beltaine in Celtic countries, and Walpurgisnacht in Germany and nearby countries.  It marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring… another “between” time.

For ghost hunters, that night can be nearly as productive as Halloween.

If you’re going to make the most of those between-times for ghost hunting, you’ll stack several “betweens.”

In other words, you’ll be at the haunted location on Halloween night and you’ll choose a between time for your research:  Dusk or midnight, or the following dawn.

However, keep in mind that ghosts aren’t the only entities associated with between-times.

Faeries are also known (or notorious) for appearing then, and sometimes wreaking mischief.  So, if you see something odd, don’t immediately assume it’s a ghost; it might be something else.

Because the veil may be thinner on Halloween, you may encounter energy or phenomena that are actually on the other side.   The spirit may not actually be in our world.

This is one reason why EVP results can be better on Halloween, as well as real-time communication with the “other side.”  Cameras can produce clearer anomalies, too.

However, the increased EMF levels on Halloween night can drain batteries in your voice recorder, cameras, flashlights, etc.  (This is one reason to carry a glow-stick as a back-up light source, and a film camera as a back-up for your digital camera.)

Be prepared for anything to happen on Halloween night.  It’s the classic “between” time, and ideal for your most chilling encounters with paranormal phenomena.

Here’s Fiona’s video, explaining why Halloween may – and may not – be a good night for ghost hunting. (This is from her Ghosts101.com website, featuring answers to top ghost-related questions.)

https://youtu.be/Z1TTutyEr38

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If you’re looking for Fiona Broome’s Halloween checklist for ghost hunters, visit her free downloads page.

Looking for UFOs? Look for WMDs.

radio telescopesIs there a UFO – nuclear weapon connection?

When looking for paranormal reports… well, I never know where I’ll find something off-the-wall. It’s the nature of this field.

However, this report is an odd one: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Have Been Compromised by Unidentified Aerial Objects (article at Wayback Machine).

It’s filed at Reuters. That’s not where I’d expect a report like this. (If that link is broken, search on the article title. It’s probably somewhere.)

So, if I were a UFO tracker — which I’m not, except as part of my larger paranormal research — I’d probably point my telescope (or camera) toward the sky over any regional military bases and nuclear plants.

Sure, you’ll see experimental aircraft that may complicate your research, but… it’s worth a try.

I’d also take a closer look at what was going on at Roswell immediately before the UFO-related incidents of 1947.

Did alien craft have a reason to study that landscape from a very low elevation?

These are the kinds of things that go through my mind, as I consider odd news reports.

On the other hand, if it looks like a UFO and flashes lights like a UFO… it’s not always a UFO: Looks Like a Crashed UFO, But It’s Really a Solar Water Cleanup System.

Really, we have to keep a sense of humor in this.

Photo credit: Herman Brinkman

Here’s the full press release:

Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. Six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about these events at the National Press Club and urge the government to publicly confirm their reality.

One of them, ICBM launch officer Captain Robert Salas, was on duty during one missile disruption incident at Malmstrom Air Force Base and was ordered to never discuss it. Another participant, retired Col. Charles Halt, observed a disc-shaped object directing beams of light down into the RAF Bentwaters airbase in England and heard on the radio that they landed in the nuclear weapons storage area. Both men will provide stunning details about these events, and reveal how the U.S. military responded.

Captain Salas notes, “The U.S. Air Force is lying about the national security implications of unidentified aerial objects at nuclear bases and we can prove it.” Col. Halt adds, “I believe that the security services of both the United States and the United Kingdom have attempted—both then and now—to subvert the significance of what occurred at RAF Bentwaters by the use of well-practiced methods of disinformation.”

The group of witnesses and a leading researcher, who has brought them together for the first time, will discuss the national security implications of these and other alarmingly similar incidents and will urge the government to reveal all information about them. This is a public-awareness issue.

Declassified U.S. government documents, to be distributed at the event, now substantiate the reality of UFO activity at nuclear weapons sites extending back to 1948. The press conference will also address present-day concerns about the abuse of government secrecy as well as the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons.

WHO: Dwynne Arneson, USAF Lt. Col. Ret., communications center officer-in-charge

Bruce Fenstermacher, former USAF nuclear missile launch officer

Charles Halt, USAF Col. Ret., former deputy base commander

Robert Hastings, researcher and author

Robert Jamison, former USAF nuclear missile targeting officer

Patrick McDonough, former USAF nuclear missile site geodetic surveyor

Jerome Nelson, former USAF nuclear missile launch officer

Robert Salas, former USAF nuclear missile launch officer

WHAT: Noted researcher Robert Hastings, author of UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites, will moderate a distinguished panel of former U.S. Air Force officers involved in UFO incidents at nuclear missile sites near Malmstrom, F.E. Warren, and Walker AFBs, as well as the nuclear weapons depot at RAF Bentwaters.

WHEN: Monday, September 27, 2010

12:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Press Club

Holeman Lounge

Event open to credentialed media and Congressional staff only

Frank’s Box – Reviewed

Frank’s Box is a device optimized by Frank Sumption, sometimes described (but not by Mr. Sumption) as “the telephone to the dead.”

Franks Box reviewed - ghost huntingFrank Sumption wasn’t the first to work with this concept, but his results are among the most impressive so far.

Others have tried variations of this concept — a radio receiver that scans a wide range of stations, “grabbing” snippets of sounds and words, to form messages — with some success.

(The popular “Shack Hack” was one attempt, but – as some designed it – it lacked the clarity or durability of its higher-quality counterparts.)

Frank Sumption – now deceased – seemed to make “Frank’s Boxes,” one at a time, and no two looked the same or produce identical results.  (The photo with this article is symbolic.  As far as I know, no Frank’s Box looks like an actual telephone.)

I read the EVP-ITC list online for several months, and I exchanged correspondence with Mr. Sumption, but — even — I’m uncertain of what was (and still is) going on.

I tend to take things at face value and… this seems to be a fairly complex subject with conflicting opinions.

(There’s been a lot of static on the EVP-ITC list, due to very vocal skeptics.  That said, I have heard recordings on that list that claim to be genuine and — if the recordings truly represent what a Frank’s Box can do — they’re groundbreaking.)

I haven’t worked with a Frank’s Box myself.  If and when I do, I’ll happily provide a review.

(Authentic Frank’s Boxes are very difficult to find in the wild, and I’m not sure how or why Mr. Sumption decided to offer them to people. I know both genuine researchers and questionable personalities who own them.)

For now, I try to keep my critical thinking skills engaged, and remember that absolutely anyone can fake “results” to support or dispute what others are saying.  Particularly if money is exchanging hands… well, as the TV show used to say, “Be careful out there.”

However, it would be impossible to mention what’s popularly called “the Frank’s Box” without talking about Christopher Moon’s work.

CHRISTOPHER MOON and Frank’s Boxes

Chris Moon is a paranormal researcher. He was the founder of the controversial magazine, Haunted Times, now out-of-print.

Chris’s successes with the Frank’s Box brought the device to the attention of serious investigators.

From my personal experiences on investigations with Chris, I’m certain he can achieve remarkable and authentic results with the Frank’s Boxes that he owns.

Here’s a video that speaks for itself. Listen to the voices. Watch the video screen on the box. Also note the composition of his audience. Weigh all of those points, carefully.

That video is at https://youtu.be/zu9RxgyOZz0 (Apparently, there's a longer version, but this gets the idea across.

Maybe Chris’ success is due to his own gifts as a medium, as opposed to the device he’s using. That may be the best explanation.

Other than that…? Well, at the time I met him, and shortly afterwards, I saw some big red flags related to his business practices. Though I believed what I heard in two sessions with Chris (and a Frank’s Box), he then made a statement that made me uneasy.

I later learned that he’d made the same statement (not sexual, btw) to another woman in my age range. Comparing notes, we each raised an eyebrow.

I want to like Chris… but – as of December 2018 (eight years after writing the original version of this article) – I still don’t feel confident about trusting him.

That said, I am convinced of the authenticity of what I heard when he was using an actual Frank’s Box. (Emphasis: What I heard, not necessarily what he interpreted the box saying.)

CLAIMS AND RISKS

The credibility of Frank’s Boxes open doors even wider to problems we already have in this field: Charlatans and con artists.

People can be very vulnerable when they’ve lost someone dear to them, or have fears related to death.

After all, if you could pay a certain fee or fulfill a request, and you could talk directly with someone on the other side — via a “telephone to the dead” — well, I think most people would.

Would a Frank’s Box work in the hands of an unscrupulous medium?  I’m not sure.  I haven’t seen anyone except Chris Moon use one.

OPPOSING OPINIONS

Another high-profile researcher says she owns several actual Frank’s Boxes (acquired directly from Frank Sumption). I’m not sure if that’s true.

When I spoke with her, she insisted that Frank’s Boxes aren’t reliable for ghost research. She said that a Mini-Box is a better choice.

Maybe she’s right.

The problem is: when a researcher tells me one lie, I’m uneasy trusting other things they say. And, during the same lunch conversation where she & I discussed Frank’s Boxes, she told me something that – later – turned out to be untrue.

So, I’m not sure a Frank’s Box would speak to her, or that alternatives are much better. (When I mentioned her name to Frank – while he was still alive – he was very bitter about his experiences with her.)

Frank passed away some time ago, before he had a chance to give me one of his Frank’s Boxes. I regret missing that opportunity.

Now, I’m still looking for reliable opinions and first-person experiences with a Frank’s Box.

TRY IT AND SEE?

Until I’m more confident about these kinds of devices, I recommend experimenting, yourself.

Try every real-time communication device that you can. (Borrow them, or spend time with someone who owns one. Do not spend money you can’t afford to lose, on devices that may not work.)

Compare your results at home (or at any single, stable location) against results at “haunted” sites.  Frank Sumption seemed pretty adamant that the box works anywhere you have it. He’s said there’s no point in taking it to a “haunted” site.

From what I’ve seen, a Frank’s Box can be remarkable.

Is it always…? I have no idea.

I am 100% convinced that it can work in the hands of Chris Moon.

If you’ve had experiences with a Frank’s Box, especially if you’ve used one yourself, I hope you’ll leave a comment below.


Read Next: Ghost Boxes – Where Do the Words Come From?


Resources

Here’s one video showing how to create a “Shack Hack.”

That video is at https://youtu.be/V1JOzalRojs?t=36  <- Directions start around :36 in the YouTube video.

Here’s one about working with a Thompson RT222

YouTube link for that video: https://youtu.be/8hL0T17qr20