Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Usually, I decorate the halls and the driveway and everything in between with cobwebs, spiders, bats, and all things ghoulish. This year with a trip to Europe, a three-day snowstorm, and snowdrifts still covering the ground, I’ll light candles in my pumpkins and will call it done. But my trip to the Stanley Hotel earlier this month still haunts me….
Recently, my husband, Danny, and I drove to Estes Park to enjoy the fall color and stop by my favorite haunt, The Stanley Hotel. When I visited a few years ago, I had been the biggest critic and didn’t believe anything paranormal would happen. My paranormal experiences always happened randomly. But that night was insane.
I’ve been back a few times for lunch without nary a shiver, but this time was different. Back on Friday, November 13th, 2010, we experienced so much paranormal activity, even I couldn’t believe it. At that time the Stanley held daily ghost tours and only displayed The Shining movie and series photographs downstairs from the lobby.
Now, they have made The Shining and all things paranormal their brand. The hedge they planted last summer in what will someday be a maze, has grown to shoulder height in front of the hotel. The gift shop is filled with many items displaying lines from Stephen King’s movie. The ghost tour continues and they have several Halloween events and balls in the month of October and November.
Not sure why Mona Lisa is peeking at us from behind the mugs…
So, when we came back earlier this month, it didn’t surprise me that there was a wait for parking. It has become quite a tourist attraction. We had lunch in the bar and then walked around a bit.
When I peeked into the piano room, one of the haunted places in the Stanley Hotel, well, you’ll see. I actually saw it while recording and almost shut off the camera too soon.
Here’s the video tour and the strange occurrence.
Proof of paranormal activity or proof that I’m over-reacting? You decide…
What do you think? Was it a reflection of some kind? A trick of the eye and my iPhone? I looked back in the room several times, but there wasn’t any direct sunlight.
Even though I wasn’t home much of October, I still decorated the inside of my house. It is my favorite time of year, after all.
Will we don our Morticia and Gomez Addams outfits? Some traditions have to continue no matter what the weather.
What do you believe? Do you think it was paranormal, or a trick of the light, a reflection from something? Would you have looked twice or dismissed it?
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