Adventures in Ghost Hunting

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Ghost hunting at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Let me tell you a little story.

I am REALLY into ghosts. It’s kind of ridiculous.

How into ghosts am I?

Well, I 100% believe that every house I have lived in since college, including my college dorm, has been haunted. I believe in ghosts SO much, that I am actually writing a ghost novel as we speak and using my real ghost experiences as fuel.
I believe in ghost SO much, that I can say without a doubt in my mind that I was followed home by a ghost from the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Ghost hunting at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

The Crescent Hotel, herself.

“On this episode of ‘Ghost Hunters…'”

Who remembers that opening line? Me! Oh, me! I’ll be honest, I originally started watching Ghost Hunters because Steve is super attractive. I mean, those sleeve tats, amIright?

It was one episode in particular that really grabbed me. My friend and I were sitting on the floor in my dorm, watching Ghost Hunters on the world’s tiniest CRT-TV. Okay, maybe not the absolute tiniest, but it was probably around a 12in. We were huddled on the floor, inches from the screen, super into this particular episode because it was filmed only 3 hours from our college!

I’ll always remember how we both gasped and sat there in pure shock and amazement as a full-bodied apparition appeared on the screen. That was one of the happiest moments for me, ever, because it proved that all that I had experienced was real.

Ghost hunting at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

The same spot as in the video above!

 

(Sidenote: I know that supposedly GH started faking evidence in later seasons, but this was in season 1 or 2. I still support that this was real evidence.)

Fast forward one year.

I’ve just married my sweet Adam six months earlier, and my parents have come to town for a visit. It’s Arkansas, so we are bored. SO BORED. Suddenly, an idea comes to mind!

Let’s road trip! A nice three-hour drive to Eureka Springs is just what the doctor ordered. (That’s a bad joke. Research the “doctor” of Eureka Springs and you’ll get it.)

Anyway, we loaded into our SUV and hit the road for Eureka Springs, my favorite town in Arkansas.

Ghost hunting at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

I love the downtown area of Eureka Springs!

Immersed in the Ozarks, Eureka Springs is a gorgeous hilly town with an amazing downtown area. I’m a sucker for a great downtown! Plus, they have the Crescent Hotel.

I don’t want to get into the history of The Crescent, but I suggest you read about it because it is fascinating. It has always been one of my favorite hotels.

When I was younger, before I knew deep in my soul that ghosts were real, we visited it, just to see what it was like. I knew there was something special about the hotel even then, though I didn’t yet know what it was.

Up to the Crescent Hotel we walked, straight into the big front doors, and we booked a ghost tour. I was so excited!

Ghost hunting at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

The gorgeous lobby of the Crescent Hotel.

Just like Jason, Grant, and Steve, I was going to find a ghost!

The tour itself was so fun! I loved hearing about the morbid history of the hotel, and visiting spots where ghost sightings had happened.

My dad did have an experience while he was in the restroom, and I would later see a green orb floating from the landing of the stairs to the bottom in a series of photos, in the same spot we had stopped to hear about a tragic death from a tumble down the stairs.

Our tour ended with us being told to ‘tell the spirits that they need to stay here. They aren’t to follow you home.’

Well, I forgot. Halfway home, my mom said, “I hope everyone told the spirits to stay at the hotel!”

Oops. Nope. I did not.

Ghost hunting at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

My mom and I before the tour began.

We arrived back at the house only to find Haeger, my sweet pug, acting super bizarre as the night progressed.

Over the next three days, Haeger was very skittish. He would only walk into the hallway when it was bedtime, and even then, he would push himself flat against the wall and run as fast as his obese body would allow him. Something about that hallway was creeping him out. It also did happen to be where the attic door was, and I’ve always heard not to open attic doors if you don’t have to because spirits will hide where they will be least bothered. (I learned this for sure a few years later when we lived in a super haunted house!)

And then it just… stopped!

On the morning of the fourth day, Haeger walked through the hallway with no concerns on his mind. He never acted bizarrely in that house again. I guess the spirit had left.

Moral of this crazy and rambling story?

If you do a ghost tour while traveling, be sure to tell the spirits to stay where they are! Oh, also, you should do the ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel. It’s legit!

 

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Ghost hunting at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

My life has been a collage of airlines and exhaustion, and I wouldn't change a thing! I'm a budget traveler, and I adore exploring the world one plane or train ticket at a time!

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