Cross to the Other Side at the Utah Paranormal Expo


By Adelina Whitten

Ghost costumes are the simplest to throw on in a hurry, since all they require is a bed sheet. It’s easy to dress up like ghouls and ghosts for Halloween, but we often don’t see these things in real life. Meet those who have at the seventh annual Utah Paranormal Expo in Salt Lake City this weekend.

On Oct. 6, paranormal celebrities will be gathering at Fort Douglas to share their supernatural experiences with attendees. Those familiar with the prominent paranormal figures can snap a photo or snag an autograph. Here are some of the infamous individuals assembling on Saturday.

Andrea Perron

Perron lived in the farmhouse that inspired the film “The Conjuring” for approximately 10 years. In 2007, she began writing the “House of Darkness House of Light” trilogy, which chronicles her family’s life among the dead on the farm.

Chip Coffey

Coffey is a psychic medium who has appeared on multiple television programs, including “Paranormal State” and “Psychic Kids.” He’s doing a limited-seating gallery reading from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Officers’ Quarters, where there will only be 125 seats available.

Ben Hansen

Hansen is the lead investigator on Syfy’s “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files”. The show seeks to uncover truth behind images and videos found online. When a case is selected, the teams recreates the video, carries out experiments and questions eyewitnesses. Hansen and the other investigators pursue the certainty of each material. With assistance from sponsors Wasatch Investigative Society for Paranormal Studies (WISP), Advanced Paranormal Services and Bear River Paranormal, Hansen will conduct a paranormal investigation on Friday, Oct. 5 at Fort Douglas.

John Olsen

Olsen has first-hand experience with the paranormal. The farmhouse he grew up in contained mysterious knocks, someone running up the stairs and missing objects. His parents discouraged him from relaying these experiences to the community for fear of judgement. For the past 25 years, Olsen has documented personal accounts of strange phenomena across the western United States. “Stranger Bridgerland,” his book series, details true paranormal stories of ghosts, monsters, Sasquatch and UFOs.

Jymie Darling, Embrosewyn Tazkuvel, Rob Gutro and Ahnne Allyria will also make appearances at the expo. While photography, videography and cell phones are discouraged, you’re bound to capture memories in a variety of other ways. There will be over 50 vendors, activities for the family, FX demonstrations and presentations by the celebrities. Plus, you can explore folklore, mythology and other sources of non-scientific knowledge.

Everyone is encouraged to come in costume, although it is not required. The Utah Paranormal Expo will be held at Fort Douglas’s Grand Ballroom in SLC, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 6. Tickets cost anywhere from $10 to $35 and can be purchased online. Children under 12 can expect free admittance. You can find more information here.

It’s sure to be an outing unlike any other, so take a chance and head out on Saturday.

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