Few things symbolize autumn in New England more than apples, falling leaves, and carved pumpkins - except maybe a good ghost story.
So as the days grow shorter - and the nights grow longer, one local group gets busy.
Every year around this time, Agawam Paranormal invites Western Mass News reporter Chris Pisano for a ghost hunt. And this year was no different.
But before we head out, here's an inside look on what the group does.
Welcome to Ghostology 101 - a haunting presentation put on by Rob Goff.
Goff is the founder of Agawam Paranormal, a group dedicated to investigating spirits. This time of year you'll find him spreading the gospel of ghosts to eager audiences at local libraries.
“Yeah it was a little creepy at points but I also thought it was very informative, said audience member Timothy Carmody of Springfield.
“I've been interested in ghosts forever,” added Stephanie Ejsmont. “I feel like I live with them because I've had a few experiences.”
She's not alone. A recent poll found 42% of Americans believe in ghosts.
For Goff - that means Agawam Paranormal is in high demand, especially come October when things go bump in the night.
Earlier in the month, a standing room only crowd in Southwick as hundreds turned out at the town hall for a public reveal.
“We did two investigations in the Old Consolidated School Building which is now the town hall, and almost across the street is the first library that was ever built in the town. So there's a lot of history in both of those buildings,” said Goff.
And perhaps ghosts.
The results of Agawam Paranormal’s investigation - a night filled with video, audio, pictures, and data collected.
Is it all proof of a haunting?
Surprisingly Goff will be the first to tell you no way - but you don't have to believe in ghosts to hunt them.
“There's no such thing as conclusive evidence,” explained Goff. “No matter what you have experienced, no matter the documentation that you put forth with that. There's going to be somebody who is not going to accept it.”
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