Looking for Halloween-themed Plans? Check Out these Local Activities

Donald Lierman , Writer

Though for many Halloween is a holy day, Samhain, for most it is a day for frolicking and pretending to be. If you truly want to partake like a “pagan” you better be ready to celebrate from sundown Oct. 31 to sundown Nov. 1, the traditional span of Samhain.  

But be prepared for possible otherworldly occurrences as the dead come home to roost for a little hospitality and within that liminal, span elementals and the wee people roam. 

If the one night of normal celebration is not enough to feed your trick-or-treating jones, there are local events to be found around town to keep the Jack O’ Lantern burning.  


Investigation Tours at Whaley Historic House Museum

The Whaley Historic House Museum will offer three opportunities to spark the spooks with investigation tours that will be conducted by Detroit Rock City Paranormal.

The first unearthly outing will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 31. On Saturday, Nov. 2, two excursions are offered from 8 to 10 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to midnight.  

A ticket is $45 and don’t arrive late as the doors will be locked after starting time … to keep people out … or in? The Whaley House is located at 624 E. Kearsley in Flint. 

For further information, check out the listing on Eventbrite, where attendees can also purchase tickets, or call 810-471-4714.  


Mid-Michigan Paranormal Convention

On Nov. 3, the 3rd Annual 2019 Mid-Michigan Paranormal Convention will take place at The Holiday Inn Gateway Center at 5353 Gateway Center in Flint.   

For a ticket price of $50 one will be granted all-day access. The event, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., will include discussions on ghosts, demonology, Ouija board communications, haunted Michigan sites and more.

For further information on the convention and add-on events, check out MidMichiganParaCon.com.


Read Haunted Flint by Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani

If you would like to read about the spectral in the Flint area, check out Haunted Flint by Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani. 

“My home was what really inspired my research into haunted locations in Flint,” said Rhoads. “I knew other places had to have stories. I discovered Flint has many locations rumored to be haunted. My friend suggested I put them all together into a book. 

“During my research I met Joe, who had also been putting together history on Flint locations believed to be haunted. We joined forces and Haunted Flint was born.”

Many believers trace childhood paranormal experiences as the spark that formed their interest in the creepy and crawly. Rhoads’ is one of those whose attraction to the psychic was caused by eerie encounters.

“The supernatural world is something that has always been part of my life,” said Rhoads. “My dad passed away when I was four. Strange things would happen, and my mom would say it was his spirit trying to send us a message. So, I’ve always been a believer, though I consider myself to be a skeptical one.

“I inherited my home from my grandparents. It has several spirits – three women and ‘The tall man in the hat’. The house was empty until I moved in as an adult. As a child I’d play in the yard and look at the windows. I’d see him looking out at me. It was mostly a tall dark shadow, but I could see it was a male figure, in a hat.”

Not only has she experienced the entities, her children have had similar encounters. The house has also given rise to more than just spiritual sightings.

“When I first moved into the house I was terrified to be alone. Windows and doors would open by themselves. I’d come home at night and the front door would be wide open and the lights in the kitchen were flickering like something straight out of a horror movie.  

“I chalked it up to an old house that needed work. Eventually the spirits and I made peace. At least I thought we did.”

To find a copy of Haunted Flint, visit https://www.amazon.com/Haunted-Flint-America-Roxanne-Rhoads/dp/1467143049.


For scoffers be(a)ware that there are more things in heaven and Earth as science continues to conclude daily. If you doubt you should have no qualms in spending the witching hour at the Whaley House, Stockton House, the local cemetery or the creepy house next door … alone.