BY CASSIDY FOULDS
October is a time of the year where adults get in touch with their inner child, and children get in touch with the spirit of Halloween. This October, people can also get in touch with the paranormal.
The Canadian Haunting and Paranormal Society (CHAPS), an Ontario-based paranormal group, is hosting a public 101 Oct. 15 in St. Thomas where anyone can come in and learn about the paranormal and the field of paranormal investigation.
They are a sister group of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) that stars in the popular show Ghost Hunters. CHAPS’ event, called A Spooky Night, will cover the process of investigations, with tips and warnings for perspective ghost hunters, and they will also talk about how televised paranormal groups differ from their own. An investigation in the St. Thomas Princess Theatre will follow the seminar as a way to give attendees a brief, first-hand experience in paranormal investigating. The 101 runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and the tour goes from 9:30 until 11 p.m.
“I think it’s a great way to get hyped for Halloween,” said Skylar Norheim, a 22-year-old Cambridge resident who has already prepared both a costume and her home for October. “I’d definitely go. If it’s got ghosts, I’m down.”
David Gibb, who founded CHAPS 11 years ago, is excited about this year’s event.
“It’s been a very successful tour,” Gibb said. “There’s always a great turnout, whether it’s because of an interest in the paranormal or research for someone to start their own group.”