Paracon 3 in Shooting Star CasinoMahnomen, MN (WDAY TV) - Even if you're a skeptic, you likely know the hair-raising sensation: You're home alone, but can't shake the feeling that someone else is there.
By: Drew Trafton, WDAY
Mahnomen, MN (WDAY TV) - Even if you're a skeptic, you likely know the hair-raising sensation: You're home alone, but can't shake the feeling that someone else is there.
Tarot cards, palm reading, spirits, celebrities and UFOs are just a few of Fargo resident Nik Guse's favorite things.
Nik Guse- Paranormal Enthusiast: “Actually, I go to this one and Scare Fest in Kentucky every year."
Here is Paracon: A convention in its third year held at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen… And the convention doesn't lack paranormal star power.
Guse: "It was really cool to meet the guys from Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International or Destination Truth. So, it's really fun for me. "
And for cable celebrities like Kris Williams and Dustin Pari of Ghost Hunters International fame, the conventions are also exciting; especially in October.
Dustin Pari- From “Ghost Hunters International”: "We're like Santa Claus. One month out of the year, we're booked constantly."
And if you need proof that paranormal has gone main-stream, consider this: We're about halfway back in a room that seats more than 1,700 people. That's played host to a concert like Willie Nelson, which sold out. And this room will be jammed packed for panels this evening."
But the hunters haven't always played to full houses.
Jason Hawes- From “Ghost Hunters”: “You know, 10 years ago, nobody really would have had a convention like this and even if they did, very few people would have shown up."
But even after an explosion of interest, the stars say they still enjoy coming to rural conventions and learning about local paranormal lore.
Steve Gonsalves- From “Ghost Hunters”: "It seems to be a large Native American culture here and they're very spiritual. They have stories that aren't just, you know, sort of plastic and vanilla. They're very rich and deep."
And also, unlike many celebrities or experts in their fields, the ghost hunters say they enjoy interacting with their fans on a one-on-one level.
In fact, they say it really lifts their spirits.
Paracon continues Saturday. Doors open at 11 a.m. and "walk-ups" are welcome.