It's almost Halloween... and you know what that means.
Time to go ghost hunting again with Western Mass News reporter Chris Pisano.
And this year... We're also getting some culture with our creeps.
This is the 4th year I’ve been lucky enough to be invited on a ghost hunt with Agawam Paranormal.
By far, it's the largest one I’ve ever been a part of - as we spent a 'night at the museum'.
The 110 year-old George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum - on the Springfield Quadrangle - is like a home away from home for security guard Tom Scorbett.
“I've gotten to the point where I can tell anyone’s footfall that works here or any other noises that go on in the building.”
He's been walking the galleries going on 39 years.
In that time - he's seen and heard a lot of unexplained things.
"The boards creak in this building and sometimes you can tell what causing them and sometimes you can't and you go investigate and there's nothing there... you know. I just assume that it's the Smiths watching over their stuff.”
The Smith’s would be the museum's namesake - George Walter Vincent and his wife Belle.
The building was constructed to house their vast collection of items and art... a collection George may still be watching over.
He is a presence I think. Because he has a psychic energy invested in this museum,” explains Scorbett
Tonight - that's something Agawam Paranormal is going to try to scientifically test.
As the team unloads equipment, founder Robb Goff explains it will be no easy task - considering the size of the building and amount of displays.
“Some of the exhibits, are just incredible. Like I said - it's history coming alive.
The Japanese armor that was collected by Mr. Smith.
Then you get into the area with the Greek statures. I mean it's just so much.
“There's a mummy, well the mummy isn't actually there but the sarcophagus. So it's interesting to see with so many objects that could potentially have activity attached to them, “said Goff
A slew of infrared cameras and motion detectors are set up across 3 floors - cables leading back to a bank of monitors known as the command center.
All this before two teams of investigators get ready to head out into the dark.
And as if there wasn't enough of a creep factor at work here... there's this:
“One of the urban myths and I call it this for a reason is that the actual urn's from Mr. and Mrs. Smith are still in one of the walls.”
As it turns out - that's no urban myth.
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