Are Bar Crawling Ghost Hunts a Recipe for Disaster?

Is alcohol and ghost hunting a dangerous mix? Seasoned paranormal professionals are shocked by a newly formed ghost hunting group offering booze-filled apparition hunts in Brooklyn.

“I’m almost at a loss for words,” says John Cassidy a seasoned paranormal investigator of 16 years and Co-founder of Bumps in the Night Paranormal Research.

“It is a total disrespect for any of us in the field who have worked for years to help others and more so for the families and spirits that they will encounter on their booze assisted child’s play.  I am very appalled.”

According to a recent online article at the Brooklyn Paper  these ghost hunters, otherwise known as the Brooklyn Paranormal Society (BKPS), say they wanted to combine their passion for the spectral world with their love of liquor says the article. In fact, one of the co-founders of the group says he has spent $100 so far to prepare for the ghost hunts including a $30 bottle of wine.

Pub Crawling Ghost Hunters

The Brooklyn Paranormal Society leading pub crawling ghost hunts.Photo by Jason Speakman

“This is a disgrace to legit investigators, it gives us in the field a bad name and is greatly unprofessional,” says Jonathan McCoy. McCoy is a case manager of The Canadian Paranormal Society, Camera Operator and 1st Assistant Director of the Florida episodes of Eerie America: Travel Guide of the Macabre.

Founder of Astral Realm Paranormal and paranormal investigator, Jonathan McCoy.

Founder of Astral Realm Paranormal and paranormal investigator, Jonathan McCoy.

The group was forewarned by a seasoned investigator that imbibing in alcohol induced spirits while searching for the ghostly ones can be a dangerous idea stating they are vulnerable to demonic possession. The response by the BKPS member was, “So, naturally, we try to get as drunk as possible.” Further stating he can do an exorcism if needed because he read almost an entire Wikipedia page on it, according to the article.

BKPS arrange public spectral hunts through a Meetup group online for others to join and meet at a pub first before embarking on their latest hunt. At 1:30 p.m. on Friday they already 34 people signed up for a pub crawling ghost hunt.

Seasoned paranormal investigator Jay Lynch is less than amused. “I really don’t know what to say besides this is a very very bad idea that could lead to a very dangerous situation. Nothing about their paranormal investigating will be taken seriously by anyone what so ever.

So basically they are just poking fun and insulting the entire field. Things like this is exactly why the field and all those involved are having such a hard time gaining credibility, ” Lynch. “

Paranormal Investigator Jay Lynch

Co-founder of Hindsight Paranormal Investigations, Jay Lynch, hopes this group learns to take this field seriously.

I truly hope these people take their investigating more serious! This is a recipe for disaster. It truly read to me like a mockery of the field.” Lynch has been active in the field for 5 years and is the co-founder of Hindsight Paranormal Investigations and co-host of Sit Chat & Laugh with the Lynch’s on ZTalk Radio.




Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

Before having 3 lovingly rambunctious kids, Kelly Smith worked as a reporter and copy writer for various newspapers and magazines. Having a passion for the paranormal field, Kelly is the lead investigator and co-owner of the Winnipeg Paranormal Group. She combines her passion for journalism and the paranormal in search of the truth.

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