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Jeff House: ghost hunter

Jeff House is a ghost hunter from Clifton Park who will present a program on Friday, Oct. 7, at Grooms Tavern at 7 p.m. as part of the town's First Friday series.

Jeff House is a ghost hunter from Clifton Park who will present a program on Friday, Oct. 7, at Grooms Tavern at 7 p.m. as part of the town's First Friday series. Submitted photo

— “You take a flashlight and put it up on an area or table where it’s not moving around. You ask questions and ask it to turn on or off based on the answer,” said House. “We had an hour’s worth of direct questioning and answering with the flashlight turning on and off by itself. I had a fork thrown at me when no one was near. It was a very interesting experience.”

Another ghostly run-in that sticks out was at a private residence in Schenectady.

“They were having some really bad experiences and I went in there and a group member [of mine] was physically touched by this,” said House. “We believe it to be a demonic entity because it was actually making some sort of signs on his forehead that looked like welts, raised skin, very red, that just came out of nowhere and within 20 minutes they were gone. That was pretty intense.”

House said he’d like to hunt the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, a site known to have active paranormal activity.

He said he realizes many people won’t believe in his ghost hunter findings or that ghosts exist at all.

“It’s easy to dismiss because a lot of times the fear of the unknown or that something could exist, it makes you not want to believe and makes you question what experience you did have,” said House. “It’s important to know there could be something out there that exists beyond what we see every day … I truly am a believer.”

It doesn’t take much to sway a non-believer, said House.

“It only takes one scary experience for someone to become a believer, whether they hear a voice, see something move, it really terrifies people and rightfully so,” said House.

That’s where his ghost hunting comes in handy, said House, as an education tool to help people understand what paranormal activity means.

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