What evil lurks in the heart of men… why is it that the first images and feelings that crawl our skin when we think of or hear the word “ghost” we think in turn “evil”? When you get right down to it, ghosts, spirits and the paranormal entities many are searching for these days are simply – as many believe – the souls or spirits of those who’ve passed on.
Seems to me that if someone’s grandparent or favorite uncle died and they were sticking around to say hi, that one would see it as a good thing. Jeepers, maybe they’re even trying to tell you they love you – or where that stashed away million is stashed away.
Wanna know the truth? Yep, I do believe in spirits. I can’t believe in a benevolent God – an entity strictly taken on faith & the miracles I’ve personally seen – and not believe in spirits and ghosts. But then again, I do believe these same spirits and ghosts are the souls and spirits of our loved ones.
And yep, I’ll even admit it, I believe I’ve seen & experienced ghosts.
Yea, yea, yea, there are those “evil” ones – or maybe they’re just playful and like to play jokes. But then again, there are evil-bad people who have died and they just might be sticking around to mess with people as well. Yep, totally see that too.
But in general, I think that if we “feel” or “see” or “get proof of” ghosts & spirits, these are simply passed on people trying to say hi.
It’s with that in mind that Assistant Laura & I were thrilled to be invited to enjoy a Ghost Walk here in Kissimmee back in January, and it’s why we’re hoping to do more in the future.
I’ve written about that experience elsewhere – and maybe I’ll throw something up about it again – but that night we joined the Kissimmee Ghost Tour for a walk through the historic old town-downtown of Kissimmee, Florida.
Such ghost walks & tours are now popping up all around the country as TV shows like England’s Most Haunted and America’s own Ghost Adventures have become popular. But spooking one’s self on such tours has likely been building in many communities for awhile.
Just look at all the opportunities to take a tour in Gettysburg or Savannah. Two of America’s “most haunted cities” put out the welcome mat for tourists who’re interested in spooking themselves, and welcome in ernest the spooks, spirits and ghosts out to do it.
Yet for many years “haunted” was a death-toll for businesses. Or at least that’s what non-forward thinking proprietors were thinking. Hotels, restaurants and various businesses ran the other way rather than admit a potential haunting.
Then all that seemed to turn a few years back – can’t pin point it exactly – and suddenly many of those same places, and all new ones, are popping up & laying claim to “most haunted” – or at least embracing their interior haunts.
Assistant Laura & I, as we further quest to find interesting and fun things for you to do on your next vacation, will continue to seek such haunting opportunities & embark when presented. In the mean time, here is a list of a few places to check out & perhaps partake on your next Florida vacation.
Always bring a camera, plenty of batteries and space on that flash card. Take a lot of photos – some planned & others just randomly pointing the camera. And have a little fun getting your spooky on.
Kissimmee Ghost Tour
Ghosts & Gravestones St Augustine Frightseeing Tour
The Original Ghost Tours Key West