Are Ghosts Real?
Superstitions about ghosts have been bouncing off the walls of so called “haunted houses” for decades. Most people fall into the categories of either believing in ghosts, not believing in ghosts, or having absolutely no idea on the matter.
With Halloween right around the corner, the idea of ghosts can instill a wide variety of emotions in people depending on which group they fall under.
“If we believe something is real because we think it’s real, that doesn’t mean it is real. I can’t personally believe in ghosts when to me there’s just about as much evidence that proves ghosts as there is that proves other things that I don’t believe in like religion,” Othman Alawy ‘18 said.
When something seems sketchy, finding proof on the matter can strengthen beliefs. Without evidence who knows what should be believed?
If paranormal activity strikes an interest, Old Town Pizza in Portland, Oregon above the Shanghai Tunnels is a key place to visit. The haunting apparition, Nina, is said to frequently visit the restaurant, and has carved her name into some of the brick by the elevator shaft.
The Shanghai tunnels were a focus point for illegal activity in 1850-1941, and was said to have an abundance of human trafficking. Along with that, screams and voices from ghosts talking to each other was heard by those who visited the tunnels.
Another spooky setting for Halloween is the Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in Portland, containing more than 25,000 graves, many of which are unmarked. There have been reported sightings of “spirits” roaming the graveyard.
“I don’t believe in actual ghosts as they’re explained most of the time, but I do believe that everyone has an energy,” Emma DenBeste ‘17 said. “So I don’t think you go away, but I don’t think you could haunt people.”