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Your VIP Ticket is an ALL ACCESS Pass to the weekend and includes access to the: VIP Reception; all Workshops, Talks and Sessions; Twilight Oakland Cemetery Creep; Spirited Pub Crawl; Paranormal Trolley Tour; the No Fear Friday event at the Shreve Memorial Library; the Paranormal Vendor Show; Lunch on Saturday; a one-card Tarot Card Reading; a Palm Reading; one Candlelight Haunted Mansion Tour; and CHOOSE (1) Two Ghost Hunts or (2) a Ghost Hunt and a Gallery Reading. Purchase tickets and other items here.
A Saturday Day Pass gives you access to all talks and workshops plus the Candlelight Haunted Mansion Tour & lunch at Ghost Central.
Tickets to most of the events are also available as individual purchases, including the Cemetery Creeps, talks & workshops, tours and ghost hunts. Get your tickets quickly as they are first come, first served, and once they’re gone, you’re dead.
There are several events open to the public and are either free or have a minimal charge. These are noted below. There are also some events (Poltergeist, Private Tarot Readings, Gallery Readings by Dakota Lawrence and the Sunday Jazz Brunch that require additional ticketing.)
Registration packets and tickets will be available for pick up/purchase in person at three times/locations:
– Thursday, June 20, at artspace (710 Texas Street) from 5-8pm
– Friday, June 21 at GHOST CENTRAL (Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center – 820 Clyde Fant Parkway) from noon-6pm
– Saturday, June 22 at GHOST CENTRAL from 9am-noon

 

Thursday, June 20

  • EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION5pm-8pm at Artspace
  • PARANORMAL TROLLEY TOUR – An overview of the haunted sites and sights of the upcoming Louisiana’s Weirder Side weekend! An overview of the haunted sites and sights of the upcoming Louisiana’s Weirder Side weekend!  |  5pm-8pm  |  Begins at Artspace  |  Open to the public  |  $5 a person or FREE with purchase of a ticket for another event  |  SESSION # 1 included in the tour.
  • SESSION #1 – “Historic Haunts of Shreveport” with Dr. Gary Joiner and Dr. Cheryl White  |  Artspace  |  Session Times: 6-6:30pm and 7-7:30pm

 

Friday, June 21

  • REGISTRATION12pm-6pm at Sci-Port (Ghost Central)
  • OPENING RECEPTION AT SCI-PORT (Ghost Central) –  Hors d’oeuvres and hob-nob  |  4pm-5pm at Sci-Port
  • TAROT CARD READINGS by Marie Mayo  |  4pm-7pm at Sci-Port  |  VIP Only
  • SESSION #2 – “Entering the Ghost Frontier” with author and Ghost Hunter Deonna Kelli Sayed  |  5pm-6pm at the Sci-Port IMAX Theater  |  This is a multimedia event exploring the final frontier of human imagination: ghosts and the afterlife.  Author Deonna Kelli Sayed discusses the history of specters, and how religion, technology, and entertainment culture has defined the way we understand spooks and spirits.  She provides intriguing evidence —  photography, Electronic Voice Phenomena, and video — for insights into the magical realm of the ghost frontier.
  • NO FEAR FRIDAY – 6:30pm-8pm at Shreve Memorial Library  |   FREE to the public.  |  Families are invited to find out what lurks in the dark in the historic Main Branch of Shreve Memorial Library, but have no fear, library staff will create proper ghost hunting gear and be outfitted with head lamps and flashlights.  Dr. Spaghetti will help you gather your courage with Lemony Snicket’s latest book The Dark.
  • TWILIGHT CEMETERY CREEP  | Oakland Cemetery  |  Creep Times:  6:30pm-7:30 & 8-9)
  • Some of Oakland Cemetery’s most famous (and infamous) inhabitants come to life and tell their personal stories for one night as spirits rule. Guides Steve Smith, Jan Pettiet, Shawn Dion & Laura Duffy Hair tell you the darker side of this Southern Gothic resting place.
  • Spirited Pub Crawl  **FREE to the public.  Must be 21.  (7-midnight)
  • The Spirited Pub Crawl begins at artspace, 710 Texas Street, and then travels (by foot, car, or special Spirited Pub Crawl Minibus, to Robinson Film Center, the Voodoo Lounge and other fun downtown watering holes for some spooky summer fun.
  • Midnight Witching Hour Special Interactive Event at Voodoo Lounge and Art Bar **OPEN to the public.  Must be 21. (9-midnight)
  • Gallery Readings by Dakota Lawrence **OPEN to the public. *various times
  • Candlelight Haunted Mansion Tour - Local legend tells us that in 1904, eleven year-old Theodora Hunt leapt to her death from a window in the attic of the Logan Mansion. Throughout the years, many people have purported to see Theodora, objects have been moved; disembodied footsteps heard; a screen door latches and unlatches itself, opens and closes. We invite you to hear the stories and decide for yourself…Is the Logan Mansion really haunted? (9 & 10)
  • GHOST HUNT at secret downtown locations **VIPs will participate Friday AND Saturday night – OR – can choose a single ghost hunt and a Gallery Reading by Dakota Lawrence. (9 & 10)
  • “Poltergeist” by Steven Spielberg, 10:00 pm Robinson Film Center **Not included in VIP Ticket. OPEN to the public. $10/person. 13 & Up.
  • Private Tarot Card Readings with Marie Mayo **Various times throughout the day. Not included in VIP Ticket. $50 and $100.
  • Gallery Readings with Dakota Lawrence **Various times throughout the day. Not included in VIP Ticket. OPEN to the public. $25/person.

 

Saturday, June 22

  • Session #3 – Solve Your Haunting Workshop with Deonna Kelli Sayed at GHOST CENTRAL **Lunch is provided to VIPs and Day Pass Holders.
  • “How To Solve A Haunting” is a multimedia presentation looking at different hypotheses on what we call “ghost and hauntings.” Deonna reviews the different types of hauntings, the role of parapsychology, provides case studies, how to design an investigation, and explores research ethics in a post-reality TV. This lecture will appeal to those interested in learning more about paranormal investigation as well as seasoned ghost hunters.
  • Session #3a- Smartphone Ghost Snapping- with Kathryn Usher. (SAT 10-11 & 11-12). Kathryn will take you exploring through the historically scenic and Southern Gothic Oakland Cemetery and will share some of the spookiest monuments to shoot & give you tips on some of the best ghost hunting apps for your smartphone.
  •  Haunted Mansion Day Tours & Haunted Candlelight Tour- Local legend tells us that in 1904, eleven year-old Theodora Hunt leapt to her death from a window in the attic of the Logan Mansion. Throughout the years, many people have purported to see Theodora, objects have been moved; disembodied footsteps heard; a screen door latches and unlatches itself, opens and closes. We invite you to hear the stories and decide for yourself…Is the Logan Mansion really haunted? (Day Tour – 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) (Candlelight – 9 & 10)
  • Session #4 – “Tools of the Ghost-Hunting Trade” with La Spirits (SAT 1-2 & 3-4)
  • Interested in learning the best tools to get started in ghost hunting? Join members of Louisiana Spirits as they show and tell you how items with names such as EMF Meters, Ovulis and EVP Recorders work. This will be a hands-on session!
  • Session #5a - ”Paranormal Panel Discussion” with Deonna Kelli Sayed, Dakota Lawrence, Mark Miller, and Dr. Thomas DuBose (SAT 1-3)
  • Session #5b - “How to Photograph Ghosts” with John Billingsley (SAT 3-4)
  • Session #5c - “Advanced Tools of the Trade” with Jeromy Jones (SAT 2-3 & 4-5)
  • Now you know how an EMF Meter, Ovulis and EVP Recorder work, so what now? How do you take the next step in capturing evidence of what you know is out there? Join Jeromy Jones of Paranologies, who works to supply the best paranormal investigators around the country with equipment that even the most determined spirit can not avoid!
  • Session #5d- “Investigation Findings” with Kevin Weddle. (SAT 1-2 & 3-4)
  • Session #5e- “UFOs and the Paranormal: Flying Saucers from Beyond Time, Space and the Grave” with Dr. Thomas DuBose (SAT 4-5)  Dr. DuBose will be

     reviewing a major trend in ufology that is well-known to people interested in the field but little-known outside it. UFOs and entities related to them often behave like folkloric or supernatural beings such as spirits of the dead, fairies, djinn, vampires, demons and angels.

  • Paranormal Vendors Show **FREE to the public.  (SAT 12-7)
  • GHOST HUNT at secret downtown location Friday **VIPs will participate Friday AND Saturday night -OR- will have the option of a single ghost hunt & a gallery reading by Dakota Lawrence. (SAT 9-10 & 10-11)
  • “Poltergeist” by Steven Spielberg, 10:00 pm Robinson Film Center **Not included in VIP Ticket. OPEN to the public. $10/person. 13 & Up.
  • Private Tarot Card Readings with Marie Mayo **Various times throughout the day.  Not included in the VIP Ticket. $50 and $100. OPEN to the public.
  •  Gallery Readings with Dakota Lawrence **Various times throughout the day. Not included in VIP Ticket. OPEN to the public. $25/person.

 

Sunday, June 23

  • Haunted Mansion Tour & Jazz Brunch; 10am-1pm **Not included in the VIP Ticket. OPEN to the public. $30/person.