Downtown Pensacola is a great place to see art, have a nice dinner and…hunt for ghosts.
Skeptics and believers can unite at the Pensacola Para Con where you can tour the haunted streets of Pensacola, meet paranormal celebrities and check out ghost hunting equipment.
“Most people will be trying to see if they can have a paranormal experience,” said local psychic Ericka Boussarhane. “It’s the perfect time to have an open mind and talk with experts in the field.”
The events will begin Saturday, Sept. 18 with a historic Pensacola walking tour. The tour is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cost is $15. If you own ghost hunting equipment, you are encouraged to bring it. If you’re missing your household K-2 meter (used to find manipulations in electricity), equipment will be sold at the expo.
Saturday night from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., an investigation of the Gray House on Alcaniz Street will be conducted. According to the Pensacola Para Con website, the ghost of sea captain Thomas Moristo, who lived there during the 1700s, still hangs around. Tickets are $30.
On Sunday, Sept. 19, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Seville Quarter will be investigated. The $40 ticket includes a lunch buffet, where you can dine with paranormal celebrities such as Brad and Barry Klinge of Discovery Channel’s “Ghost Lab,” Patrick Burns of truTV’s “Haunting Evidence,” and author Marley Gibson.
If you’re still not scared by Sunday night, you can join the Pensacola Little Theatre investigation from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $30.
“I think the Pensacola Little Theatre will be the main attraction,” said Boussarhane. “A lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that it used to be the county jail.”
Pensacola Little Theatre’s main stage is where the gallows and cells used to be. The spirit of the last executed person, Hosea Poole, is said to be haunting the theatre.
If you cannot choose which haunted tour to take, you can purchase the Golden Ticket for $99, which includes all Saturday and Sunday events. Proceeds from all ticket sales go to three charities: the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, Families Count and Favor House.
“During the oil spill, I was really affected by the pictures of birds covered in oil,” Boussarhane explained. “I chose the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida because I wanted to make sure the charity would do something with the money. I also wanted to do something for children.”
The Pensacola Para Con is a 2-day event not to be missed. Even if it sounds a little too “X-Files,” you should open your mind and take in a tour. You never know what the ghosts of Pensacola’s past have in store for you.
“I hope participants take a piece of Pensacola’s history with them,” Boussarhane added. “I want them to have an experience—hopefully a ghostly experience.”
PENSACOLA PARA CON
WHEN: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 and 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19
WHERE: Historic and downtown Pensacola
COST: Tickets priced from $15-$40, $99 for a weekend pass