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Halloween Creepiness: A Ghostly Scream…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 14, 2010

My wife is now a storyteller tour guide for Ghost Tours. She’s been a storyteller for years, partly specializing the cool creepy ghost stories that get her a lot of gigs in October. That being said, she’s never really had a supernatural encounter – she just loves the kinds of stories that make you shiver.

Last week, she had her first performances of the season as a tour guide. As a junior member of the team, she doesn’t have many. Maybe next year. 🙂  Anyway, she invited a bunch of ladies from the neighborhood to attend (that’s marketing), and they all seemed to have a good time. There are two Salt Lake City ghost tours, hitting different “haunted” historical locations. Both of them end at the Rio Grand Depot, a former train station that is one of the more famous haunted sites in Salt Lake, and is now a historical site and the location of a pretty good Mexican restaurant. They don’t go into the stories of the hauntings (especially in the women’s rest room) of the station on my wife’s particular tour, but our neighbors on the bus already knew the stories.

After the tour was over, a handful of them went to the restroom of the Rio Grande to take care of business before heading home. They got to goofing around, turned out the lights, and tried to creep themselves out. Mostly they were just being silly. However, one girl turned on her record function on her cell phone as they were talking. After all, it was a HAUNTED restroom, so they wanted to record anything that happened.

Nothing did.  They had their conversation, left the restroom. Later, the girl played back the recording she’d made.

And freaked out.

Nobody heard it while they were chatting, but on the recording someone in the room (it’s a big restroom) clearly screamed in the background.

It wasn’t any of them, and they were the only ones in the room at the time.

Here’s the excerpt:

The Ghost Screams

Just an anomaly of a poor recording device? Someone from the restaurant screaming that they just weren’t paying attention to (and didn’t cause a commotion)? Some other sound that just sounds like a scream when recorded?

Or a ghost trying to get attention?

You decide.

Filed Under: Geek Life - Comments: 8 Comments to Read

  • Terrormaster said,

    Occam’s Razor wins again. Sounds like nothing more than a squeaky bathroom stall door. No need for an exorcist just some WD-40 😀

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Hmmm… doesn’t sound quite like that to me. But it’s certainly a reasonable explanation. We’d have to test out the stall doors to be sure. We’ll be there tomorrow night, so I’ll have Julie check.

  • UDM said,

    Hmm. Apart from the “squeaky door” theory, if it’s a voice, it sounds like “help”. Update us Jay!

  • Tarpit said,

    Like Terrormaster said, either the stall door or possibly the men’s room door if it is located within proximity.

    Good stuff to get you in the holiday spirit, though! (no pun intended).

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Hey, it’s the Halloween season, and it’s got to be about stuff that goes bump (or shriek) in the night.

  • Xenovore said,

    That’s supposed to be a ghost scream? *snicker*

  • Mrs. Rampant Coyote said,

    I tested the women’s bathroom at the Rio Grande Cafe last night- I swung all of the stall doors, the bathroom door, the toilet paper dispensers, the sink faucets, the window latches, the blinds, and anything else that I could think of that moves. Those stall doors are well oiled. I could not replicate the sound.

  • UDM said,

    In the words of Scooby Doo: rut roh :O