It's that time of year as we move into September, that the longer shadows, the shorter days begin to turn our thoughts to spooky atmosphere. Light a candle. Watch a scary movie. Sit around a bonfire. Or, consider seeking out the spookiest places in your state.
For beginners, let's try a cemetery. Some cemeteries have the most amazing atmosphere, especially around twilight. Beware, most cemeteries close at sunset and you could get locked inside. It's happened to me!
Photograph, wander the older graves, say their names out loud, carry a trash bag to clean up, leave a penny on a military veteran's headstone (that is a show of respect for his/her service). If you find a grave that was newly visited, you might just run into a ghost. People visiting have a way of calling upon their loved ones as they check in with the other side.
There are lots of guidelines for photographing an abandoned site. Do take advantage of cloudy days, don't use a flash, take advantage of showing a portion of a room or building without a wide shot. Also, be sure that you tetanus is up to date, you are not alone, you wear a mask (asbestos and rat urine), adhere to "no trespassing" signs, and leave it as you found it. Be cautious entering as animals and people hiding out can be found inside.
That being said, abandoned buildings are found in older parts of town, agricultural and mining areas, old industry areas that died off like steel mills and paper mills.
Here's some of my advice -
This is the season of ghost tours in many cities and even ghost hunts you can join. Keep yourself informed. It might be time to poke around a spooky place by renting a haunted hotel room or signing up for a tour.
Other places that might be terrifying - dark forests, cave tours, bonfire events, haunted attractions, Spirit Halloween store, scary movies, murder dinner theaters, escape rooms....
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