Press Release: “Ghost Lady” in Lafayette

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Haunted Lafayette Tours announces its Grand Opening October 1, 2013.  Tickets are now available for purchase at http://www.hauntedlafayettetours.com.

Haunted Lafayette Tours offers historical ghost tours everyday of the week except Mondays 50 weeks out of the year.  Tickets range in price from $25 per person for her Secret Society Tour and Haunted Cathedral Tours and $35 per person for the Haunted Pub Crawl Tour.  All tours offered by Haunted Lafayette Tours is family friendly and suitable for any age with exception of  the Pub Crawl Tour in which all guests must be 21 years of age and older.  Visit our website http://www.hauntedlafayettetours.com or contact our office at (337) 565-0576 for more details.

Although born in Rayne, Louisiana, the “Ghost Lady”, Kasey Gilbert Clark, moved to Texas and lived in the Houston area for 35 years.  During this time, she developed an interest in ghosts and the paranormal.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Western Governor’s University, she turned her ghost hunting hobby into a thriving business, Haunted Houston Tours, in July 2010.  Her new venture soon gained the attention of the local media in Houston, Texas where she has been featured on news stations, local newspapers and magazines each year.  Upon her return to Lafayette, Louisiana in April 2013, she was saddened that similar tours were not offered in the area despite Lafayette’s rich history.  This inspired her to create a sister company, Haunted Lafayette Tours based in Lafayette, Louisiana.  In addition to owning and operating Haunted Lafayette Tours, she continues to actively manage her Houston Company, Haunted Houston Tours, with the assistance of an experienced staff, office manager, and customer service department from Lafayette, Louisiana.   Not only is the “Ghost Lady” a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, operating 2 businesses in 2 states in 2 cities, she is an accomplished paranormal investigator, historian, webmaster, website designer, genealogist, and author with her first book scheduled for publication sometime in 2014.

The “Ghost Lady” being of Cajun descent gives her historical ghost tours with a quaint Cajun flair.

© James Franklin Dietz 2013

 

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So, You Want To Be A Ghost Hunter?

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Thanks to TV Shows on “Ghost Hunting” along with media coverage, it has created a heightened interest in ghost hunting which is fantastic.  For those who have either watched one or several of these types of shows or did a little research, I encourage you to do more if you are truly interested in this hobby rather than being morbidly curious.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  I said “hobby” and not profession.  Even the most seasoned and experienced Ghost Hunters have an outside job or are retired from an outside job while pursuing their ghost hunting interests.  It’s a rather rare occurrence for someone to make a profession out of it but, stranger things have happened.  For the serious amongst you, I highly recommend starting small to get your feet wet and see how you like it and go from there.  This way, if, you find out it’s not your “cup of tea”, you would not have much time or money invested in the hobby.

My first recommendation is to go on a ghost hunting tour.  The cost averages about the same as dinner for two and is quite fun.  You will usually be in a group setting with a tour guide leading the tour.   For people in the Houston, TX area, I highly recommend Haunted Houston Tours.  They have experienced tour guides and ghost hunters to answer questions and offer assistance for those new to this hobby.  You also have the opportunity to get hands on experience by renting equipment to be used on your ghost hunt.  You can find them at http:///www.hauntedhoustontours.com.  For those residing outside of the Houston area, you will have to check your locale for a ghost hunting tour.

Now what?  You attended your first ghost hunting tour and you absolutely loved it and want more.  I would start by trying to find a local paranormal or ghost hunting meet up group or an active paranormal investigative group.  This is not as easy as it sounds but, for the serious novice ghost hunter, persistence always pays off.  The benefits in knowledge and experience far outweighs the amount of time and research you put in trying to find one of these types of groups.

Once you have gained some experience and knowledge, don’t stop.  This is one of those types of hobbies where learning never ceases.  No matter how long you’ve been doing it, you will always learn something new or be faced with a situation that you have never experienced before.  Independent research is the proverbial “key” to this hobby.

One of the great pitfalls most newbies fall into is ghost hunting equipment.  The myth is that you need every single piece of equipment available to be a successful ghost hunter.  This false belief has poisoned the well for most causing them to abandon their new interest altogether.  Equipment is very expensive even if you are independently wealthy and is not necessary.  Personally, I only have a few pieces of equipment at my disposal (a digital camera, digital recorder, Ghost Box or Frank’s Boxdivining rods, and a pendulum) and I’ve been doing this for 32 years.  All of these pieces of equipment fit easily into my pockets or Day Travel Pack.  My absolute favorite pieces of equipment are my pendulum and divining rods.   You can read my article “Ghost Hunting On A Budget” for more information.  All in all, to be good at what you do, doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money.

Now that you feel comfortable enough to branch out on your own, “Where do you go?”.  Fall back on your skills of research to find haunted locations locally.  Our Haunted Houston Tours’ office receives several calls a month asking for the location of haunted hot spots in the area.  This route almost always never pans out for the following reasons.  Reason No. 1:  Serious ghost hunters and paranormal experts automatically draw the conclusion that you are not very serious and are very lazy when it comes to independent research.  Reason No. 2:  Serious ghost hunters and paranormal experts are not about to reveal any information pertaining to their ongoing research or locations of interest.  Reason No. 3:  Serious ghost hunters and paranormal experts are unwilling to accept liability in the event you get injured or violate any local or state laws accessing a haunted location.  I know I’m being brutally honest here but, that’s just the way it is period.

In the end, I encourage people of all ages to pursue their interests wholeheartedly no matter what it is, as long as it’s legal and enjoyable.

© J.F. Dietz 2013