It’s the classic scenario: Lights flicker on and off, footsteps are heard pattering down a hallway where nobody should be, and objects disappear only to show up later in a different location. But it can get worse. Now, you’re hearing voices and children laughing (you don’t have kids), your dog barks at nothing, and you feel a strange presence in certain areas of the living room.
You may be dealing with a haunting.
A Dalton-based workshop called “So, You Think Your House Is Haunted?” will take place Aug. 7 at the Thomas A. Berry House. Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling 706-673-2167.
Paranormal researchers Connie Hall-Scott and Leisa Wilkie will lead the workshop. Both are trained paranormal researchers and experts in recognizing “true hauntings,” offering research tips, advice and resources. Hall-Scott is the operator of Dalton Ghost Tours and the author of “Haunted Dalton, Georgia,” available through History Press. Wilkie is a clairvoyant and author of “The Haunting History of Canton.” She also operates Canton Ghost Tours.
The idea for the workshop came out of necessity. Hall-Scott said hauntings are far more prevalent than people think and that people are often in desperate need of help to deal with them.
“Both Leisa and myself are routinely approached by people who begin a dialogue with ‘I know this is going to sound crazy’ or ‘You’re probably not going to believe this,'” she said. “Next comes the sharing of a personal brush with the supernatural or a claim [of] living in a haunted house. Often, they’re terrified.”
The workshop will help residents determine if their home is actually haunted or if the paranormal activity can be explained naturally. Participants will learn about the different types of hauntings and ghosts, how to research and gather proof, how to look into the history of the residence and what to do if a house tests “ghost-positive.”
“Despite all the attention given to the paranormal, when it’s personal, people are still very hesitant to talk about it because they don’t want people to think they’re crazy or lying,” Hall-Scott said. “If they don’t have the resources that we can provide, they second-guess themselves.”
She said the workshop will offer a way for people who are suffering from a haunting to open up in a nonthreatening environment.
The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The Thomas A. Berry House is located at 506 Hawthorne St. in Dalton.