Last year, Ghost Hunters set off in search of its newest investigator. This year, they are seeking out American’s Most Haunted Locations to feature on their Halloween Ghost Hunters Live broadcast in October 2008. Three finalists and their stories will be featured on air, and will accompany TAPS for dinner and a ghost hunt at the Stanley Hotel.
One grand prizewinner will earn a full investigation of their haunted location in an episode of Ghost Hunters.
A Little History of the Stanley Hotel
The Stanley Hotel, the inspiration behind Stephen King’s The Shining, is a 138-room hotel located in Estes Park, Colorado. According to Billy Ward, the Concierge of Stanley Hotel, when Stephen and Tabitha King stayed at the Hotel they stayed in room 217. After putting their luggage in the room and leaving for about 45 minutes, the King’s returned to find their clothing put away in the dresser and their luggage stacked in the closet.
Stephen and his wife reportedly witnessed ghost children in the hallway. Others have reported a young blond girl and a young boy tossing a red ball in the hallway. At times, only the red ball has been seen rolling down the hallway, as though children were playing toss. Mr. Ward states that during the period of time when he worked as night manager, he frequently received complaints from guests that claimed to hear children running and playing in the hallway. Presumably, these guests had no knowledge of the ghostly activity reported by others.
Stories of a haunted closet in room 402 include the appearance of a man who walked to the night table and picked up the guest’s wedding ring and then walked into the closet. No one was found in the closet and the ring was never recovered.
Room 1302 also has its claim to ghostly activity. One house cleaning staff reported cleaning the room and stepping out for a moment to speak to another staff member. The two chatted outside the door for a few minutes, when the housekeeper opened the door to complete the room; pictures from the wall were lying on the floor along with all the lamps in the room.
During their first investigation of the Stanley Hotel, Jason Hawes decided to sleep in room 402 in an attempt to debunk or confirm stories of ghostly activity associated with the closet. Upon retiring, Jason sat a glass on the night table with a camera set up to film the bed and the night table. During the night, Jason was wakened by the sound of glass breaking and the sound of the closet door opening. Jason noted his experience on camera before turning on a light to investigate. The glass on the table had been shattered, but not moved from its original position. The closet door was open.
Jason set a video camera on the nightstand to film any activity from the closet. He left the door open. The film reveals the door to the closet later closing on its own. Jason reported hearing bangs and thumps “like someone was having a party in there” coming from the closet throughout the night.
Grant and Tango visited room 2003 to investigate. While sitting in the room, Tango asked if for a sign of a presence. Grant asked the production cameraman, Kendall, to use the illuminator from the camera for a light source to change mini DVD tape. Suddenly there was a loud bang and the table Grant was sitting at moved violently. Kendall, the cameraman, explains that he saw the table and the chair lift up off the floor and then slam back down.
During Ghost Hunter’s second investigation on the Halloween Live Broadcast 2007, the team experienced many personal experiences that were not captured on tape or on audio.
While investigating an employee passageway in the basement, Jason and Grant encountered a woman’s voice calling “hello” The voice appeared to respond to them and was followed by eerie laughter. These were recorded on audio. The team experienced many personal experiences throughout the night, but no other evidence was captured on either audio or video.
The three finalists will earn the opportunity to go on a return investigation to the Stanley Hotel with Jason and Grant and the TAPS crew. Perhaps they will capture compelling evidence to confirm the many personal experiences reported in the Stanley Hotel.
Those interested in entering this contest can enter online.
Guidelines: (see complete rules)
1. Must be a resident and live in the US.
2. You must own the property or have written permission form the owner.
3. You must be 18 years old.
4. One entry per person.
How to enter: You must provide a photo of the location and a 600 character essay explaining why your Haunted Location should be featured on the show OR a 4 minute video explaining why your haunted location should be featured on the show.
Deadline: June 25, 2008 @ 12 am Eastern Standard time.
For complete details visit Ghost Hunters “The Great American Ghost Hunt” Challenge Official Rules
Source: SciFi.com Ghost Hunters the Great American Ghost Hunt