People report about seeing paranormal entities all throughout the year, but there's something about Halloween that seems to heighten the fear.
Deena Budd is a paranormal researcher based out of Hannibal and she says her and her team get calls all throughout the year of people seeing or experiencing odd things in their homes.
The team's mission is to figure out if there are spirits in the house and why they are there.
"When we collect electronic voice phenomena, EVP's, we are asking questions and we're recording as we ask these questions and sometimes we do get replies. It's not always easy to discern what these replies are but we do get often times one word answers or the name," said Budd.
Deena says spirits tend to show themselves if things are changing in the house, things like renovating or a change of families can upset spirits.
But sometimes, spirits can be of family members or loved ones that have passed away. That was the situation when Deena experienced one of the first paranormal experiences using a Ouija board after her friend passed away.
"The planchet started moving all over the board. Hour after hour he was there talking to me. I've never had an experience like that before...answering all my questions. I knew it was him, it was his same sense of humor and everything," said Deena.
However, not all the experiences Deena has had are positive ones. One night Deena says she came in contact with something that she thought to be an evil spirit.
"My kids usually would come upstairs and sleep with me, they were very little, and I heard them over by the steps but they didn't come on over to the bed so I turned on the light and it wasn't my kids...there was a dark haired man, small man sitting at the table where I had been using the Ouija board. And, he kind of just, faded away," said Deena.
On Halloween night it's said that spirits are more active and a certain portal is open for the spirits to walk among us.
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