It’s Halloween Week and what better way to celebrate than a ghost hunt.
That’s what Paranormal Washington will be doing tonight from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. at the Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma.
A night-time caretaker at the theater told the group he saw the apparition of a woman up in the balcony last week. He invited the team to check it out.
Along with their curiosity they are bringing technology to record what, if anything, they find.
The team will be haunting tonight with infra-red cameras, audio recorders and a KII Meter for possible communication with any spirits living there, according to Kim Varian of Port Orchard, one of the group’s investigators.
By day she works at Point Defiance Zoo. By night, she looks for spirits.
Varian said the TV reality show “Ghost Hunters” got her interested in the subject nine months ago. She admits to being somewhat skeptical about the spirit world but wanted to find out for herself.
"I’m still on the maybe side," she said. "I think eventually I will believe. If something knocks me down I will believe."
Besides the cameras, she said they will set up an electro-magnetic detector since spirits are known to have detectable electromagnetic fields.
Varian said they will also have the newest tool in paranormal investigation: the KII Electromagnetic Field Detector. It supposedly allows one to talk to ghosts in real time.
Here’s how it works, according to Varian.
The KII has lights attached that flash when it detects the electromagnetic field of a ghost. The investigator then asks yes and no questions into the dark, requesting the ghost to walk in front of the KII once for yes and twice for no.
The theater also will be rigged with at least nine video and still cameras, six of which will be infra-red. There will be a half-dozen audio recorders ready to pick up a voice or a suspicious creak.
Varian said the search will begin with a sweep through the entire theater. Then the lights and everything else will be turned off, including the electricity to avoid false reads by the electro-magnetic detectors.
Paranormal Washington recently posted the results of their Aug. 22 investigation of the Gig Harbor Grange that locals say is haunted. Some of the photographic evidence they collected is posted on their Web site.
Varian was there.
"There appears to be half torso coming out of ground," she said of one of the photographs. "If you lighten it up, you can see fingers grabbing a chair."
She said they do their ghost-hunting work at night and in the dark.
"It makes everything real quiet," she said.
And, of course, spooky.
We’ll talk to the team tomorrow to find out what they found and update this report.