Tag Archives: Ghosts

How to Tackle Halloween 2020 in Victoria, BC Safely

12 Oct

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

COVID-19 isn’t going to shut down every Halloween celebration in Victoria, British Columbia. Those events allowed to continue are smaller for a reason. Some are self-guided, like enjoying your time at two of this city’s most famous haunts–Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University or Craigdarroch Castle–and others are designed so you can wander cemeteries on your own and to appreciate the past.

Ross Bay Cemetery (with Sunday afternoon guided tours by Victoria’s foremost historian John Adams) is said to be the most haunted–if you believe the lore. Alternatively, theres attempting to find Doris, the famous Victoria Golf Course ghost. The latter is discouraged because the area is patrolled at night. But truth be told, it’s been said she’s moved on. Just what remains may well date to the time local aboriginal tribes who once resided here, prior to being converted to a huge sports park.

Not everyone wants to be confined into a coffin (at home) on the days leading up. Well, you have to be a certain famous vampire for that. The following is an ever-changing list as events are confirmed as a go by the Vancouver Island Health Association. If you have an activity which fits right in, please contact us or post in the comments section so others can enjoy!

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The Vintage Tempest’s Guide to Spooktober

10 Oct

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

T&E (or Travel Channel in the States) does not hold the monopoly in their idea of what defines Ghostober. Yes, Halloween’s coming, but we need not depend on one network to get our scares–real or not. Instead, we have a nice menagerie of programming to get our thrill seeking on. It’s easy to make a top ten list, but to half that is challenging.

There are far too many staples to gravitate to. If you love your paranormal reality investigation show, there isn’t just one to enjoy. If I was to recommend one series above the rest, it’d be Kindred Spirits. I’ve grown tired of seeing macho dominate this scene, and this program is a welcome change of pace.

But for sheer fun, my number one choice of new shows coming to television begins with…

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On Why We Want to Believe with Episode Three!

2 Jul

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Three short episodes into We Want to Believe, “The Demon Jar” is still waiting to be unopened. In a regular episode of any paranormal show on Travel & Escape Network, this piece of the puzzle is the segment to describe how the equipment works and reveal the challenges of investigating at any time of the day.

One detail I appreciated with this web series on JoBlo.com is seeing exactly what an engineer with Adobe Audition can do to filter down the ambient noise. We can learn from this series! Not every Electronic Noise Phenomenon is easy to hear. Supposedly, Sarah did get something in her recording session, but it’s tough to hear unless you play with the waveform.

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The Holzer Files Season One in Review

31 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

* Renewed for season two;
Due Late 2020

There’s now a running joke that those still self-isolating are are living alone will notice every noise made–the ghosts– around them. Whether that’s because you’re living in a haunted house, or someone is playing a prank, I think the ongoing request to stay at home is a good time to get caught up with programs like The Holzer Files. 

This paranormal reality show is over the top because the post production elements overshadows everything else. These inserts have the feel of reviving the golden oldies—the stuff you hear on radio—than to get serious about the matter. When considering you’re listening to old tape recordings of trance mediums from the original case files of Hans Holzer channeling their best version of Kane, the malevolent preacher in the 1986 movie Poltergeist II: The Other Side, I can’t take this program seriously.

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