Saratoga If there’s a ghost haunting the historic Grooms Tavern in Clifton Park, he or she will be exposed on Friday, Oct. 7, when local ghost hunter Jeff House presents a Halloween program as part of the town’s First Friday series.
“We always look for something around Halloween that’s appropriate,” said John Scherer, town historian.
House considers himself a legitimized ghost hunter. He’s got the equipment seen on popular television shows and investigates local haunts to detect paranormal activity.
“I believe there’s a marriage between natural instincts and the scientific end of it,” said House. “Marry those two together and it’s really concrete answers to what you’re looking for.”
He didn’t always hunt ghosts. It wasn’t until 10 years ago, when he experienced strange occurrences in his apartment in Saratoga Springs.
“Hairdryers turning on by themselves, unexplained shaking of a bed where it was very noticeable and almost felt like a small earthquake,” said House. “Things like that that really started to pique my interest and make me really wonder about what existed paranormally.”
House’s curiosity led him to a local ghost-hunting group (he’s no longer involved with them) where he became familiar with the proper equipment and techniques.
“That’s where I got my feet wet with it,” said House.
House works with an infrared video camera that allows him to see infrared and ultraviolet light the eye can’t pick up. He carries an EMS protector that measures electric fields (a high reading is said to mean a ghost is present and drawing off the energy) and a digital voice recorder.
“A lot of times, a ghost is trying to make contact and can speak very minimally and otherwise in sentences that can’t always be picked up by human ears,” said House.
His favorite ghost hunting experience was at Bulls Head Inn in Cobleskill where he caught several voices on the voice recorder and communicated with ghosts through a flashlight exercise.