Horror stories and a bit of history come together in Diane Ladley’s Naperville Hauntings Ghost Walks.
“Tonight we’re going on a ghost tour, not just an ordinary ghost tour of Naperville’s own unique suburban legends and haunted history, ah, we’ll also be paranormal investigators using EMF ghost gauges during our tour,” said Ladley, the tour operator’s founder as she was preparing for a walk.
Tours typically last between 90 minutes and two hours and run on Saturdays from now through November. According to Ladley, the EMF meters are particularly popular.
“This is an electromagnetic field sensor,” Ladley told the audience on a recent tour. “It’s a typical piece in every electrician’s toolbox. It measures and detects electrical energy. “
The self-proclaimed “ghost host” enjoys showing the way through Naperville’s Historic District and telling stories about the paranormal. She says she usually has guests ages eight and up and tailors her tours accordingly. Believers of all levels are welcome.
“I like it when people are skeptical. If that EMF meter suddenly starts beeping, look for an electrical, natural source of power – don’t automatically jump on the term ghost, ”Ladley said.
She likes it when her guests take everything in a little good mood to accompany the scary stories. “Come on with a lot of laughs,” says Ladley.
Horror for the season
And now is the right time for a night full of scary stories.
“But of course the Halloween season is approaching, and what’s more perfect than that? It’s not as scary as walking into a haunted house with people jumping at you or, you know, brandishing fake knives, something like that. “
But how haunted is Naperville?
“Oh, it’s very spooky. That’s one of the questions people always ask me, ‘How can Naperville be haunted, it’s such a cool city, it’s sophisticated, it’s a party venue, it’s fun, “Ladley said. “But I remind her of two things. First, we were founded in 1831. It’s a long time before a lot of history happens here in Naperville. Second, when people ask me how Naperville can be tracked, I remind them of the old adage: the brighter the light, the darker the shadow it casts. And Naperville actually emits a very bright light. “
Megann Horstead and Kim Pirc from Naperville News 17 report.
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