This past weekend ScareHouse was lucky to have a visit from Amy Bruni. Amy is known for her work on the show Ghost Hunters but she is also a multi-skilled and talented entrepreneur. Amy founded Strange Escapes, a company built to bring guests with a shared interest in all things paranormal, or just out of the ordinary, together for unforgettable experiences. It’s pretty awesome.
It was one such Strange Escape that brought a whole group of folks to ScareHouse for an evening of history and paranormal investigation. Of course I took this opportunity to sit down with Amy and ask her what she is afraid of–in an unusual and somewhat disturbing way– as I like to do. Her answers were….fitting for someone who spends a lot of time in dark creepy places 🙂 ScareHouse will post the video of it soon I’m sure.
After an evening of hanging out with hunters (which included bringing them into the Basement where I had everyone sit for three minutes in the dark, silently) and talking with Amy, I was reminded of what I learned last year during my very first paranormal investigation at Eastern State Penitentiary: that the fun, the excitement, and the joy is in the hunt, the findings, whatever they may be are just an added bonus. (You can read all about that adventure, and many more in my upcoming book! SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear, release on September 29th!)
When you really allow yourself to suspend all disbelief, to think, if even for a moment, that there is something else out there in the space around you, it can feel incredibly exhilarating. The suspense, the anticipation, the heightened awareness that is created as your body goes into a sensitized state of arousal feels good.
But also, these experiences are as much about the people you’re with as they are about the paranormal, it’s about having fun with friends, recreating the joy many of remember as a child while playing pretend and allowing your imagination to run wild. Who would want to deny themselves of such safe, exciting fun?