Haunted house for sale…. Beware.
Ever heard of curiosity killing the cat? With the Sallie House recently being put up for sale for a whopping $750,000, haunted real estate is big right now! Three years ago I purchased one of the most haunted houses in Pennsylvania, the Welles House, Wilkes Barre. Initially I thought it would be great to have my own haunted house due to my interest in the paranormal, however I did not imagine that the number of nightmares it would cause for me in the future.
Are you prepared for paranormal activity?
As interesting as it may seem to own a haunted house, you should ask yourself are you really prepared to deal with paranormal activity potentially on a daily basis. From my own experience I was not equipped psychologically to deal with the paranormal activity from Wilkes Barre house. The Welles House was unbearable to be in at times due to the overwhelming heavy, dark, and depressing atmosphere that hovered over the house like dark clouds in a sky that would never move. Besides the feelings of uneasiness in the home one of the most disturbing aspects of the paranormal activity would be having the dark presence (demon) show up at my house in California, 2000 miles away. Having my family experience paranormal events at my home in California, because of my selfish motives of wanting to buy a haunted house is something that I am still trying to self-reconcile to this day. I found out very quickly that it is one thing to visit, and another to conduct a paranormal investigation at a place that you do not own, than a place you own.
Due to the haunted reputation of my home, and all of the recent press, break-ins started occurring at an alarming rate. To combat the break-in I installed a security system but that did not seem to be the slightest deterrent for people seeking their own paranormal experience. Within the first couple of months the house in Wilkes-Barre had been broken into a dozen of times, which had cost me thousands of dollars; in repairs on doors, windows, and irreparable damage to the parts of the historic home. This seems not only to be problem for my haunted house but others such as the Sallie House in Atchison KS which has been the site for multiple break-ins.
Haunted Tours, hold up.
Thinking of running haunted tours at your haunted home, well not so fast. Cities, and states have zoning, codes, and ordinances which could prevent you from running haunted tours and paid paranormal investigations in your house. In my case I didn’t even want to run tours in my home due to the fact the paranormal activity was so dark that I didn’t even want to expose anyone to it.
Are you okay with strangers being alone in your home performing investigations? What happens when someone you let in your haunted house attraction hurts them self, or another, such as the case with Villisca man who stabbed himself during a paranormal investigation.
Was it worth it?
These are just some of the things that affected me when I purchased my haunted house three years ago. Not one day goes by were I am asked, “was it worth it?” “Would you buy another haunted house?” I often reflect on the life changing paranormal experiences that others and myself had in the home and weigh those with negative things that came with purchasing the house. It’s a tough decision that only a few should make.