The Barberton Historical Society is making the spirits of an old pig barn help with the building’s new renovations. Or at least they are trying to.
Barber Haunt is an old-fashioned, small town haunted attraction designed to raise money for the 99-year-old barn that houses it. Some say a building so old may have real lingering entities. Steve Kelleher, the group’s president, is skeptical.
In the first of several colorful stories he discussed throughout the evening, Kelleher recants a recent visit from a psychic while he was busily plugging away at the Halloween decorations.
“We let him walk through and he said to us that we had a real ghost in the basement... sitting on the north end on a pile of concrete blocks. And his name was Roy.”
The psychic claimed that Roy was confused about the renovations, but liked that the building was being restored. He wanted to help, but didn’t know how.
“And I told this fellow, 'Tell Roy to be up here at 7:30 tonight, because I think the appearance of a real ghost at a haunted house would be a real attraction!'"
For $15, guests are invited to go through the haunted house multiple times. “It keeps the monsters sharp,” Kelleher says.
All proceeds from the staged haunted house go toward a $60,000 goal, which would match federal and local grants to renovate the building’s exterior, where some of the original stonework is crumbling.
In a tour of the notorious basement, Kelleher pointed out a pockmarked wall, riddled from shooting practices in the 1930s. There were even instructions for proper aim chalked on the wall during the time period, still perfectly preserved.
But Roy never appeared. Oddly enough, as Kelleher posed for a picture next to that pile of blocks, something made it appear that a shadow was standing next to him. Spooooooky!
Check out the photo gallery to see it, along with a picture taken just seconds later in the same spot, without the dark spot. It’s weird, but it really is just a lighting glitch. Or is it?! No, it is. Right?