Z is for Zipping-Around Zashiki-warashi – A to Z Blog Challenge

We are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/). The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Beating the Odds…Lucky Folktales Around the World to Brighten Your Day. Each post highlights that the stars aligned and what would have normally been…bad…turned out after all. Considering what we – as humankind – have experienced the past year, how nice is it to remember that all of us can “beat the odds” to some level in our lives.

And we’ll admit now…some are actually myths, legends, or epics rather than only limited to folktales. So is that a type of “loading the dice”? Ah, but the stories were too wonderful to pass by.


From Japan

Japanese ghosts stories are sometimes known as yūrei while “strange tales” are known as kaidan. Ghosts could have evil or benevolent intentions. Sometimes, by the time you find out which kind hovers near you, it is too late. Many of these stories were collected by Kizen Sasaki, a folklorist. Some people compare Kizen Sasaki as the Japanese version of the Brothers Grimm.

What makes Zashiki-Warashi dangerous?

Zashiki-Warashi are house spirits that could…creep you out. You are minding your own business and–crash, slide, jangle–some random noise and you are on edge. Once you see the Zashiki-Warashi, then perhaps you will relax. Even good spirits can cause the heart to beat faster.

50-words-or-less summary:

Mother of Kizen Sasaki heard noise. Husband not home. Turned to door. Opened it to see if someone was there. No one. Continued with sewing. She remembered people telling her that Zashiki-Warashi resided there. Mother happy…as that was good luck and would bring prosperity.

That mother was lucky that the spirit was a Zashiki-Warashi so that no harm would come to her. Her son did collect a lot of amazing stories. Does that count as being prosperous with stories? What luck indeed!

People speculate that Zashiki-Warashi connects to infanticide but that has never been proven. Yet, the word “Warashi” does connect to child.

Finding the Story/Folklore:


More about yūrei


Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind. While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings with virtual as well as proper-distanced/masked/outdoors.

We are excited for the monthly All Things Story virtual workshop series as well as the hybrid Story Crossroads Festival on May 10-13, 2021 (then viewing beyond the event to June 15, 2021). Interested in deeper articles and e-workbooks plus stories, activities, and recipes? Then pursue Story Crossroads Memberships.

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From the Story Crossroads Academy, enjoy the free “Storytelling Basics in 8 Hours” that includes American Sign Language.

U is for Understanding Undead-Unknowns – A to Z Blog Challenge

We are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/). The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Beating the Odds…Lucky Folktales Around the World to Brighten Your Day. Each post highlights that the stars aligned and what would have normally been…bad…turned out after all. Considering what we – as humankind – have experienced the past year, how nice is it to remember that all of us can “beat the odds” to some level in our lives.

And we’ll admit now…some are actually myths, legends, or epics rather than only limited to folktales. So is that a type of “loading the dice”? Ah, but the stories were too wonderful to pass by.


From Jamaica

Underworld beings or strange beings from the unknown are found in any cultures. With Jamaica, duppies are commonly known as unhappy or restless spirits who mainly want to cause harm. Some duppies come in the form of people you once knew and could aim to help. Rolling calves is another strange undead that can be a demon calf wrapped in chains that–well–rolls. These rolling calves can block your path.

What makes the undead dangerous?

The undead…can possibly make you dead or part of the undead itself. So, yeah, can be dangerous. If you survive an encounter with the undead, then count yourself lucky.

50-words-or-less summary:

Woman’s husband died and became duppy. Time passed. Woman remarried. Duppy visited. Hoped to be intimate. She knew it must not be so or she would go barren or birth dead children. Woman escaped. Duppy realized mistake. She could still bear children with her living husband.

That woman was lucky to have two wonderful men in her life. Sometimes one needs to get remarried. And thankfully the duppy figured out he was not alive anymore and let her enjoy life with her new husband.

Finding the Story (or at least the Folklore):




Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind. While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings with virtual as well as proper-distanced/masked/outdoors.

We are excited for the monthly All Things Story virtual workshop series as well as the hybrid Story Crossroads Festival on May 10-13, 2021 (then viewing beyond the event to June 15, 2021). Interested in deeper articles and e-workbooks plus stories, activities, and recipes? Then pursue Story Crossroads Memberships.

As we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you can also support by donating today!

See a teaser of our Story Crossroads Academy. While the video has closed captioning, the “Storytelling Basics in 8 Hours” is free and includes American Sign Language.

Timpanogos Storytelling vs. FanX – Part 3 of 5


This is Part 3 of 5 with Timpanogos Storytelling vs. FanX.  You can find Part 1 by clicking here.  You can find Part 2 by clicking here.

I have shivers of excitement when the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and FanX come around.  Then they killed some of my joy when they landed on the same weekend of September 5-7, 2019.  What about the spine tingling offerings found at each of these events? 

The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival has a “Shivers in the Night,” which is the late evening concert on Friday night.  This tradition has happened for quite a few years now.  Timpanogos usually warns people that these stories are best suited for those who are aged 12 and up.  That said, I have two boys and have brought them as soon as they turned 8.  So far, I have not experienced any storytelling that made me think, “Huh, I better leave my sons at home.”

I have had a ghoulish fun time for the “Shivers in the Night.”  The best sets were when Timpanogos was still located at the Mt. Timpanogos Park in Orem, Utah.  Why, dare you ask? This was when half of the storytelling was done by people out-of-state and half was done by local tellers who won with “The Hauntings” Contest put on by Timpanogos. The amazing April Johnson leads and guides that contest and was able to convince the Timpanogos Board to feature winners with the Festival. The stories were heard before the Shivers concert as the Hauntings contest is held every October.

Now, Timpanogos is in the Ashton Gardens/Electric Park in Lehi, Utah.  Ever since that move, it felt like something scary happened to “Shivers in the Night”…as in not enough scary for the audience.  Timpanogos stopped choosing a winner (or two or three) from “The Hauntings.” I usually go and get a rated G/PG with ghost stories and not a more PG/PG-13.  I am assuming that 2019 improved its fear factor due to Simon Brooks, Motoko, Antonio Rocha, and Tim Lowry being part of the line-up.  I would love to hear from anyone who attended (or told) at the 2019 Shivers to share your thoughts.  Or thoughts from anyone? Although I cannot attest to the storytelling at the “Shivers in the Night” for 2019 as I was at FanX, I do have years and years of this concert series and still feel qualified to touch on trends there…for good or ill.  So I will go on from past years and not of this year.

There was one year of “Shivers in the Night” when it felt like any other storytelling session.  Yes, the storytelling itself was wonderful and of high-quality and worth listening to, though I am concerned when it is advertised as “Shivers” and does not deliver on its promise.  During this particular year, there was a father and son sitting one row ahead of me.  After four stories told and not even a whisper or mention of ghosts or monsters or any such beasts, one of the storytellers shared a folktale that was a little darker.  The son turned to his dad, “We’re FINALLY getting something scary.”  The dad nodded his head, “Yes, finally.”  In my mind, I was nodding along.  I still enjoyed the concert.  Though relieved that we had something scary for our efforts of preparing our minds for something to haunt us on the drive home.

Many times, Timpanogos spotlights the out-of-state tellers rather than the local tellers.  This is not uncommon for many events.  There is excitement (and getting your money’s worth) of having those out-of-state tellers tell.  But, not all storytellers have scary repertoire.  Let me repeat that.  Not. All. Storytellers. Have Scary. Repertoire.

That is fine.  We need storytellers of many skill sets.  The storytellers need to tell what is their specialty.  Please, do not take a story and force it to be a scary story when it is not.  Be more mindful to your hosts/audiences and tell them the real reasons you were chosen to tell at the event.

Perhaps this is something many of our out-of-state storytellers do not realize.  Utah, being predominately members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LOVE ghost stories.  We believe in spirits–good and bad.  We also believe that Satan is real and that he leads a 1/3 of the host of heavens to tempt and try us.  The Bible talks about people possessed by demons.  We believe what the Bible says.  That also makes us intrigued by the forces of good and evil.  That is probably why there is a huge percentage of Church of Jesus Christ members (LDS) who love Star Wars with the light and dark sides…but I digress.

Basically, give us scary stories.  Not the gore.  Just the suspense and anticipation.  The beauty of a scary story is that after hearing a scary story, you feel like anything you come upon in life is possible to get through.  There are studies about the positive outcomes of hearing scary stories. We want to experience those benefits.

As for FanX, there has been ghost storytelling ever since its second event. 

Last spring, I headed to one of these ghost storytelling concerts performed by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller.  I got there on time, but there was a line of 15 people because all the seats were filled.  We could only get in if someone walked out.  Well, 15 minutes passed and everyone was so engaged that no one walked out.  By this time, the rest of the line left so they could see if another panel or session was available.  I, being committed to story and having enjoyed Daniel’s performances in the past, waited.

One of the volunteers, who would peek out every so often, noticed that I was still around.  She offered her chair–reserved for her as a volunteer–to me.  I told her I couldn’t do that to her but would take the chance and see if another opening came about.  She insisted and said she had been sitting too much anyways.  I then took that gift of a chair and enjoyed the rest of the hour with Daniel Bishop.  The lights were down low and Daniel had a campfire, only it couldn’t be or it would have been a fire hazard.  I found out later that Daniel had created part of it and then had another friend assist in sewing some stones and such.  It gave the perfect ambiance for the chilling tales he told.

Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller, has a following at FanX.  It seems no matter what room they put him in, it gets filled.  Room for 100?  Full.  Room for 200?  Full.  Room for 300?  Full.  Although FanX has a KidCon (more about that in the upcoming Part 4), the FanX people never asked Daniel to tell for that part…until 2019.  Funny enough, he had about 30 people which is small compared to his usual adult crowds.  We had a good chuckle about it.  Who said storytelling is only for kids?  The adults clearly want to absorb any and all ghost stories.

After his adult ghost story sessions, people flocked around him like vultures.  The volunteers had to ask people to exit the room to allow time for the next session to get ready.  So here was a gathering of people still talking with Daniel in the hallways.  I stood back, letting my friend enjoy this moment.  I eventually got to talk to him–after at least waiting 20 minutes.

Here are Daniel’s reflections and experiences with FanX:

I joined a number of presenters from the paranormal community where talked on panels about cryptozoology and other similar thing. But it was my storytelling presentation panels that caught on the most. Every con since, I have told ghost stories. One of the most popular stories was my version of The Hanging Boyfriend which I call Urban Legend (that is also one of the stories I used to win the Timpanogos Hauntings Contest). This last FanX, I got a great reaction from telling some of my personal ghost stories and my tribute to the famous book, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It feels good when I see lots of people who have followed me, and do their best to come to each and every one of my storytelling panels. I will say, sometimes it is interesting to tell ghost stories to folks who are dressed in cosplay that is scarier than the stories I’m telling. That just proves the passion my audience has for a good ghost story.
Imagine: a couple a hundred people gathered in a conference room, jittery with excitement and anticipation. An electric fire is burning on the floor and the lights are dimmed. Their energy and passion combine and give power to the words now flowing from the mouth of the storyteller before them. They have all come to get a scare, to get their hearts and minds racing. They leave with smiles and talk of stories of their own. It is a great time. FanX is a great place for storytelling.

For this round of spine-tingling offerings, the winner is FanX as it is more consistent in having actual “shiver” tales.  Timpanogos is a hit or miss on getting what it claims to have for its audience. 

I know this score would increase dramatically if they used local winners of “The Hauntings” contest in combination of perhaps 1-3 out-of-state tellers who truly have good with that kind of repertoire.

So the scores so far are as follows:

Timpanogos Storytelling: 1 point for the humor category

FanX: 1 point for the spine tingling category

Part 4 will delve into the multi-generational approach, the mingling possibilities, and the miscellaneous (or opportunities beyond what is obvious to the event). Each of those three categories is worth one point.

Interested in Part 1?  That can be found here.  Interested in Part 2?  That can be found here.  Want the next installments of 4, or 5 on Timpanogos vs. FanX?  My final verdict with Part 5?  Come back tomorrow. And the next day after that.

Until we tell again.

Ghosts, Goblins & Goo – A to Z Blog Challenge

Julie Barnson

Julie Barnson

Versión en Español se puede encontrar a continuación o haga clic aquí para ir allí. Haga clic en mí para saltar a la parte española.  Come to the free Story Crossroads Festival on April 15-16, 2016 at the Viridian Event Center (8030 S. 1825 W., West Jordan, UT).

This post is part of the A to Z Blog Challenge.  See more at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.

Stories can be spine-tingling scary to giggling with goo.

Julie Barnson, who will be performing at the 2016 Story Crossroads Festival, knows what makes stories scary.  Here are her insights.  She also shared how to get the “giggling-goo” side again so a storyteller’s ghost story does not remain and transform into nightmares for little ones.

Here is what makes something scary:

1.  Isolation.  Alone in the scary house, the woods, etc.

2.  Setting.  There should be a setting that is spooky.  Even a normally safe setting can be turned spooky.

3. Something Not Right With The World.  This can be paranormal or just an average madman.  A threat to life or just a small haunting boo.  The world you know isn’t quite what it was.

Here are ways to explain from stage or around that campfire so that those spine-tingling tales go from terrifying to giggling-goo:

1.  Put a mirror outside of your door.  Evil is vain.  If something nasty sees itself in the mirror, it becomes entranced and will stay staring at the mirror until the sun comes up and it must vanish.  — comes from J. J. Reneaux
2.  Put thirteen objects in a bag outside of your door– it can be anything such as rice.  A spook is compelled to count it, but is unable to count to thirteen, and always stops at 12 where they have to count it over and over.  –comes from J. J. Reneaux
3. Salt.  Put it in your right hand, and throw it over your left shoulder.  Salt is pure and repels anything that is impure.  So ghosts and spirits cannot abide it.
4.  Shoes.  Put them beside your bed, facing toe to toe, or heel to heel.  Do NOT put them side by side, as this is just a pathway for the monsters to get to your bed.  But toe to toe, or heel to heel confuses the ghosts so they can’t tell if you are coming or going.  –comes from Jackie Torrence
5.  Cross running water.  Spiritual beings will get caught up and whisked away if they try to cross running water, so they will not follow you.
6.  Turn on the lights.  There is no paranormal reason for it, it’s just you to actually see if the monsters are really there.  Surprise, they never are.
7.  Crawl in bed with your parents.  If you are an adult, this is probably a bad idea.  If you are a child, don’t tell your parents I told you to do it 🙂
Aquí lo tiene.

Julie Barnson

Julie Barnson

Las historias pueden ser los pelos de punta de miedo a reír con una sustancia viscosa.

Julie Barnson, que actuarán en el Story Crossroads Festival 2016, sabe lo que hace que las historias de miedo. Aquí están sus puntos de vista. También compartió cómo sacar el lado “risitas-goo” de nuevo de modo historia de fantasmas de un narrador no se mantiene y se transforman en pesadillas para los más pequeños.

Aquí es lo que hace que algo de miedo:

1. Aislamiento. Solo en la casa de miedo, los bosques, etc.

2. Marco. Debe haber un ajuste que es espeluznante. Incluso un entorno seguro normalmente se puede activar espeluznante.

3. Algo no está bien con el mundo. Esto puede ser paranormal o simplemente un loco promedio. Una amenaza para la vida o simplemente una pequeña Boo inquietante. El mundo sabe que no es lo que era.

Aquí hay formas de explicar desde el escenario o alrededor de esa fogata para que esos cuentos escalofriantes van desde aterrador a reír-goo:

1. Ponga un espejo exterior de su puerta. El mal es vano. Si algo desagradable ve a sí mismo en el espejo, se convierte en trance y se quedará mirando al espejo hasta que salga el sol y debe desaparecer. – Proviene de J. J. Reneaux

2. Poner trece objetos en una bolsa fuera de su puerta-que puede ser cualquier cosa, como el arroz. Un fantasma se ve obligado a contarlo, pero no es capaz de contar hasta trece, y siempre se detiene en 12 en el que tienen que contar una y otra vez. –Proviene de J. J. Reneaux

3. Sal. Lo puso en su mano derecha, y tirarlo por encima de su hombro izquierdo. La sal es pura y repele todo lo que es impuro. Así que los fantasmas y los espíritus no pueden soportarlo.

4. Zapatos. Ponerlos al lado de su cama, frente cara a cara, o el talón a talón. No las ponga al lado del otro, ya que esto es sólo una vía para que los monstruos lleguen a su cama. Sin embargo, cara a cara, o talón a talón confunde a los fantasmas por lo que no pueden decir si viene o va. –Proviene de Jackie Torrence

5. Cruz agua corriente. los seres espirituales se quedan atrapados y llevado lejos si tratan de cruzar el agua corriente, por lo que no te siga.

6. Encienda las luces. No hay ninguna razón para ello paranormal, es sólo que le permite ver realmente si los monstruos son realmente allí. Sorpresa, nunca lo son.

7. Rastreo en la cama con sus padres. Si usted es un adulto, esto es probablemente una mala idea. Si usted es un niño, no decirle a sus padres que le dije que lo hiciera. 🙂

Touring through Tales (Day 20–A-Z Blog Challenge)

Julie Barnson--Steampunk-Tales by GaslightEnjoy all of these A-Z Blog Challenge posts. Versión en Español se puede encontrar a continuación o haga clic aquí para ir allí. Haga clic en mí para saltar a la parte española. Also look forward to the Story Crossroads crowdsourcing campaign May 1, 2015.

“T” is for Touring through Tales.

Delve into a place and people through stories.  You are guaranteed to be fascinated.  Rather than list of dates and facts, you would be infused with stories.  Some people call this “Cultural Tourism” while other people call it “Pure Genius.”

Of all the kind of story tours available, the most popular have been ghost tours.  Enjoy what Julie Barnson loved most as she pursued ghost tours around the United States as well as across the waters to Paris.  See what she has to say that can be adapted for any kind of story tour.

Julie Barnson, an expert ghost teller and tour guide, said:

If you really want to know a place, know a place well, look at the scary stories.  What scares these people.  Ghost stories are histories with a little bit of spooky for good measure. No one wants to go on a history tour.  Everyone wants to go on a ghost tour.  Okay.  Some of my friends are too scared to go on a ghost tour.  But you have to admit that ghosts are most interesting than just plain history.  There is a little more VEEOEVOO!

Sorry.  That “VEEOEVOO” is best heard from Julie though you get the point.

Critiques of the Following Ghost Tour Places:

  1.  Park City, Utah
  2. New Orleans, Louisiana
  3. Oahu, Hawaii
  4. Paris, France
  5. Salt Lake City, Utah


Company:  Park City Ghost Tours, started in 2003 (www.parkcityghosttours.com)

Story Tour Length/Type:  2 hours/Walking Tour, up and down Main Street

Schedule Availability:  Every weekend night, even during the winter with the snows of Utah

Types of Stories Heard:  Sad stories about miners, outlaws and women (wife or prostitute, some cases both)

Stories of Note: Beware of seeing a dead miner who shows up and warns that you will die.  At this point, it is best to turn about and do not do what you were about to do.  Also learn more about the man in the yellow slicker.

Comments from Julie:  “This had a rich wealth of stories.  I liked seeing the exact locations.  Some of the locations changed in time (like a restaurant that used to be a jail).  I got genuine shivers, nothing horrifying.  Each of these ghosts have a name.  It wasn’t just ‘This is a haunted house.”  It was ‘This house is haunted by….’

Ranking (on scale of 1-10 with 10 being high):  9

Rank Explanation:  This tour was so close to being a 10 though was brought down for the hokey moment.  The guide brought out a plumb bob, a weight suspended by a string, and this item swung left and right as if the ghosts answered the people’s questions.  As Julie said, “For me, I know too much.”


Company:  Too Many To Count, Ghost Tours are one of the most popular things to do there

Story Tour Length/Type:  2 hours/Walking Tour, up and around Jackson Square and ending at a cemetery

Schedule Availability:  Every single night

Types of Stories Heard:  Stories about slaves and people who abused slaves, immigrants coming to the area, clash of cultures (Creole, West Indies, France, Ireland, Spain), and tortured people when Spain took over New Orleans and the ghost who tried to put a stop to the horrors

Stories of Note:  Most people agree that the most frightening story is found at the LaLaurie Mansion.  Madame LaLaurie mistreated her slaves.  It was against the law to mistreat slaves so she went to jail once.  Then one night, a fire broke out and so starts the more haunting part of the tale.  Learn about the vampire story at the Ursuline Convent.  Discover the story of the priest who resisted the Spanish and why a certain Catholic chant can be heard in the alleyway.

Comments from Julie:  “With New Orleans, it is about food, jazz music, and ghost tours.  Everything in New Orleans, except our hotel, was haunted.  All the other hotels around us were haunted.  Our tour guide asked us what kind of tour we wanted.  Scary, gory, gross, super scary or focusing more on ghosts, monsters, vampires, and Voo Doo.”

Ranking (on scale of 1-10 with 10 being high):  9.5

Rank Explanation:  If it was not for the strange intermission at a pub, this tour would have received a ranking of 10.  Julie was not impressed with this distraction, especially as all the others tours she went on never set aside time for drinking.  She said that this meant that there was an increased chance for a drunk person to be on your tour.  Though, she recognized she was in New Orleans and did not have this take away from her overall enjoyment of this ghost tour.


Company:  Unknown

Story Tour Length/Type:  3-4 hours by Tour Bus, traveled throughout the island

Schedule Availability:  Any night due to high tourism

Types of Stories Heard:  Stories about ancient goddesses and gods, millennia-ago war lords who slaughtered thousands as well as culture clashes or celebrations of American and Japanese or Chinese culture

Stories of Note:  Go to the Pali Lookout (a national park) and feel the natural wind tunnel while being told about the ancient warrior who stands upon that place.  Hear of the Faceless Woman who appears as a regular woman walking down the path until she turns around and you see no face.  Pele’, the Goddess of the Volcano, will make sure you pick up hitchhikers so your house does not burn down.

Comments from Julie:  “When you think of Hawaii, you think of the beautiful beaches and the waves.  Try hitting parts of Hawaii at night with no lights!  You know what Hawaiians call ghost stories?  Chicken skin tales.  Not much different than what we call getting goose bumps.”

Ranking (on scale of 1-10 with 10 being high):  7

Rank Explanation: The sheer atmosphere influenced the score though much was hard to see in the darkness of it all.  The stories could have been appreciated more had there been better lighting or these places visited during the day.  Being in the middle of a dark jungle meant you could tell there were trees but nothing more.  Yet, there was the spiritual experience found at the Chinese Cemetery.  The tour brought along a Shaman to chant to the spirits and this “razzle dazzle” was not appreciated by Julie.  She explained, “It wasn’t my thing.  Just tell me a good story.”

French Tour--Eiffel TowerPARIS, FRANCE

Company:  Unknown

Story Tour Length/Type:  2 hours/Walking Tour that started in a room at a bar that long ago was the same place during Roman times that crosses were stored

Schedule Availability:  Any night due to high tourism

Types of Stories Heard:  Stories from the Medieval era or Ancient history that involved knights, kings, and saints.  Stories focused more on gruesome ways people died than actual ghosts.  Most focus also turned to vampires, sorcerers, and necromancers.

Stories of Note:  Ask about the king who was given a special ointment to become invisible.  The carriage was attacked, the king rubbed on this ointment, but then came the gruesome death.  Find out about the woman vampire who drank the blood of young men to remain young in the 1700s.  Discover the stories of the Guillotine such as with Saint Denis, a man who preached the Gospel while holding his head for three hour after the beheading.

Comments from Julie:  “Some places on the tour could not be visited but could be seen from the distance like the Eiffel Tower.  Though Paris and the people of Paris do not believe in ghosts.  People there don’t come to their own ghost tours.”

Ranking (on scale of 1-10 with 10 being high):  6

Rank Explanation:  Julie said, This was my least favorite tour.  I had such high expectations.  I needed ghost stories.”  The tour felt unsafe, especially when the tour guide was attacked by a drunk man.  In France, no one is allowed a gun for self-defense.  However, most of the lower score was based around the fact that it was labeled as a “Ghost Tour” but no ghost stories were shared.


Company:  Ogden & Salt Lake City Ghost Tours, started in 2001 (www.storytours.com)

Story Tour Length/Type:  2 hours/Walking Tour and Bus Tour options

Schedule Availability:  Weekends in October and by appointment year-round

Types of Stories Heard:  Stories about people in the city or high society.  The stories are more about disgruntled politician, people coming and going on the train, or people who owned and died in certain mansions.  Also enjoy the makings of criminals during the Prohibition or out in the cemeteries digging up bodies.

Stories of Note: Ask about the Purple Lady at the Rio Grande Train Station.  Find out about Lily Gray with the headstone bearing “666.”  If people say Lily is a ghost, then those people are lying so get the true story.  Discover the significance of Emo’s Grave.

Comments from Julie:  “The Salt Lake tour is not far from Park City yet there are no stories about the miners in the mountains.  There are not as many prostitutes as in Ogden.  The ghost stories are more about society things.  There was a bride and groom who died on their wedding day and are still looking for each other.’

Ranking (on scale of 1-10 with 10 being high):  9

Rank Explanation:  This tour is sprawled out as you start from downtown Salt Lake City and travel all the way to Fort Douglas.  There is not much lingering at places so as to keep the tour to two hours.  Otherwise, the tour experience is wonderful.  The tour guides are even known as “story guides” and usually are professional storytellers from the Utah Storytelling Guild.  The delivery of the stories brings out the spookiness

Julie is not the only one interested in ghost tours.  Many people are interested in ghost tours.  When historical places are seeing a decline in people visiting, the places that involve some kind of story tour see an economic turn for the positive.  Stories are allowing these historical buildings to keep their doors open.

Perhaps open wide enough to let in another ghost or two.

Go forth and summon up a story tour for where you live.

 We appreciate Julie Barnson granting permission to use the pictures of her and parts of these tours.

Aquí lo tiene.

Julie Barnson--Steampunk-Tales by Gaslight
Cuentos de gira a través

Rogamos disculpen esta traducción al español que hemos utilizado un software de traducción. Estamos en proceso de hacer que las personas ayudar a traducir estos A-Z Blog Desafío puestos, así como todas las demás entradas del blog.

Sumérgete en un lugar y su gente a través de historias.  Usted está garantizado para ser fascinado.  En lugar de la lista de fechas y hechos, que sería infundida con los cuentos.  Algunas personas llaman a esto “Turismo Cultural” mientras que otras personas lo llaman “Puro Genio”.

De todas la clase de historia las excursiones disponibles, los más populares han sido ghost tours.  Disfrutar de lo que Julie Barnson amaba más que ella persigue ghost tours por los Estados Unidos, así como en las aguas de París.  Ver qué es lo que tiene que decir que se puede adaptar fácilmente a cualquier tipo de historia.

Julie Barnson fantasma, un experto narrador y guía turístico, dijo:

Si de verdad quieres conocer un lugar, conocer un lugar así, mire el historias espeluznantes.  Estas personas lo que asusta.  Historias de fantasmas son historias con un poco de miedo por si acaso. Nadie quiere ir a un recorrido histórico.  Todos quieren ir a un fantasma.  Está bien.  Algunos de mis amigos tienen demasiado miedo como para ir a un fantasma.  Pero hay que reconocer que los fantasmas son más interesante que una simple historia.  Hay un poco más VEEOEVOO!

Lo siento.  Que “VEEOEVOO” se escucha mejor de Julie aunque que usted consigue el punto.

Las críticas de los siguientes Ghost Tour lugares:

  1.  Park City, Utah
  2. New Orleans, Louisiana
  3. Oahu, Hawaii
  4. París, Francia
  5. Salt Lake City, Utah


Empresa:  Park City Ghost Tours, que se inició en 2003 (www.parkcityghosttours.com)

Historia Recorrido Longitud/Tipo: 2 horas/excursión a pie hacia arriba y hacia abajo, Calle Principal

Disponibilidad de Programa: Cada noche de Fin de semana, incluso durante el invierno con la nieve de Utah

Tipos de historias:  Historias tristes sobre los mineros, forajidos y mujeres (esposa o prostituta, algunos casos ambos)

Historias de Nota: Tenga cuidado de ver un muerto minero que muestra y advierte que se va a morir.  En este punto, lo mejor es a su vez, alrededor y no hacer lo que estaban a punto de hacer.  También aprenderá más acerca del hombre amarillo slicker.

Comentarios de Julie:  “Este tenía una rica variedad de historias.  Me gustó ver la ubicación exacta.  Algunos de los lugares cambian en el tiempo (como un restaurante que fue usado como cárcel).  Me dieron un auténtico  escalofrío, nada terrible.  Cada uno de estos fantasmas tienen un nombre.  No era sólo “Esta es una casa encantada.”  “Es Esta casa está encantada por ahí… ”

Clasificación (en la escala de 1 a 10 siendo 10 alto): 9

Rango Explicación: Este tour estuvo tan cerca de ser un 10 aunque fue derribado por el hokey momento.  La guía pone de relieve una plomada, un peso suspendido de una cuerda, y este tema hacia izquierda y derecha como si los fantasmas respondió a las preguntas de la población.  Como Julie dijo, “Para mí, sé demasiado.”


Empresa:  Demasiados para contar, Ghost Tours son una de las cosas más populares para hacer allí

Historia Recorrido Longitud/Tipo: 2 horas/recorrido a pie, en Jackson Square y terminando en un cementerio

Disponibilidad de Programa:  cada noche

Tipos de historias:  Historias de esclavos y a las personas que sufren abusos esclavos, los inmigrantes que llegan a la zona, choque de culturas (Criollo, Indias Occidentales, Francia, Irlanda, España), y torturado a personas cuando España asumió Nueva Orleans y el fantasma que trataron de poner fin a los horrores

Historias de la Nota:  La mayoría de la gente está de acuerdo que la historia más aterradora se encuentra en la Mansión LaLaurie.  Madame LaLaurie maltrató a sus esclavos.  Era contra la ley que maltratar esclavos para ella fue a la cárcel una vez.  Una noche, se produjo un incendio y se inicia la parte más fascinante de la historia.  Aprender sobre la historia de vampiros al Convento de las Ursulinas.  Descubrir la historia del sacerdote que se resistieron a los españoles y por qué una determinada Iglesia Católica canto puede ser escuchado en el callejón.

Comentarios de Julie:   “Con Nueva Orleans, se trata de alimentos, música de jazz, y ghost tours.  Todo en la ciudad de New Orleans, excepto nuestro hotel, estaba encantada.  Todos los hoteles alrededor de nosotros tenían encantada.  Nuestro guía turístico nos preguntan en qué tipo de tour que queríamos.  Miedo, gory, bruto, super miedo y centrarse más en los fantasmas, monstruos, vampiros y Voo Doo.”

Clasificación (en la escala de 1 a 10 siendo 10 alta):  9.5

Rango Explicación:  Si no fuera por el extraño intermedio en el pub, esta excursión habría recibido un ranking de 10.  Julie no estaba impresionado con esta distracción, sobre todo tomando en cuenta que todos los otros tours nunca fue a reservar tiempo para beber.  Dijo que lo que significaba que había una mayor probabilidad de un borracho persona a estar en su recorrido.  Sin embargo, reconoció que estaba en Nueva Orleans y no tienen esta lejos de su disfrute general de este fantasma.


Empresa: desconocida

Historia Recorrido Longitud/Tipo: De 3 a 4  horas en un autobús turístico, viajó por toda la isla

Disponibilidad de Programa: Cualquier noche debido a la alta turismo

Tipos de historias:  Historias sobre los antiguos dioses y diosas, hace milenios de señores de la guerra que mató a miles, así como a la cultura enfrentamientos o celebraciones de americanos y japoneses o chinos cultura

Historias de la Nota:  Vaya a la Pali (un parque nacional) y el túnel de viento natural mientras le decían sobre el antiguo guerrero que se encuentra en ese lugar.  La mujer sin rostro que aparece como una mujer normal caminar por el sendero hasta que se da la vuelta y no se ve.  Pelé’, la diosa del Volcán, asegúrate de recoger autoestopista para tu casa no queman.

Comentarios de Julie:  “Cuando usted piensa en Hawaii, que creo que de las hermosas playas y las olas.  Intenta golpear partes de Hawai a la noche con las luces!  Usted sabe lo que los hawaianos llamada historias de fantasmas?  Cuentos piel del pollo.  No muy diferente de lo que llamamos de piel de gallina.”

Clasificación (en la escala de 1 a 10 siendo 10 alta):  7

Rango Explicación: La pura atmósfera influye en la puntuación aunque mucho era difícil de ver en la oscuridad de todo.  Las historias podrían haber sido valorado más si hubiera habido una mejor iluminación o estos lugares visitados durante el día.  Estar en medio de una selva oscura, podías decir existen árboles pero nada más.  Sin embargo, no se la experiencia espiritual se encuentra en el Cementerio Chino.  La excursión a un chamán de canto a los espíritus y este “razzle dazzle” no era apreciado por Julie.  Ella explicó, “no era lo mío.  Que me digan una buena historia.”

French Tour--Eiffel TowerPARÍS, FRANCIA

Empresa: desconocida

Historia Recorrido Longitud/Tipo: 2 horas/excursión a pie que comenzó en una habitación en un bar que hace mucho tiempo atrás era el mismo lugar en la época romana que atraviesa fueron almacenados

Disponibilidad de Programa: Cualquier noche debido a la alta turismo

Tipos de historias:  Las historias de la época medieval o historia antigua que caballeros, reyes, y de los santos.  Las historias se centraban más en formas horribles personas murieron de fantasmas reales.  La mayoría se centra también en vampiros, hechiceros y brujos-todos ellos fallan.

Historias de Nota:  Pregunte por el rey que era un ungüento especial a ser invisible.  El carro fue atacado, el rey se frota sobre este ungüento, pero luego vino la muerte espantosa.  Infórmate sobre la mujer vampiro que bebió la sangre de los jóvenes a permanecer joven  en el 1700.  Descubrir las historias de la guillotina como con Saint Denis, un hombre que predicaba el evangelio mientras mantiene la cabeza de tres horas después de la decapitación.

Comentarios de Julie:   “Algunos lugares de la gira no se podían visitar pero podría ser visto desde la distancia como la Torre Eiffel.  Aunque París y el pueblo de París no creo en fantasmas.  Las personas que no han llegado a sus propios ghost tours”.

Clasificación (en la escala de 1 a 10 siendo 10 alta):  6

Rango Explicación:  Julie dijo: ” Esta fue mi menos favorita.  Yo tenía grandes expectativas.  Yo necesitaba historias de fantasmas.”  El tour sentí insegura, especialmente cuando el guía de la excursión fue atacado por un hombre borracho.  En Francia, no se permita a nadie una pistola en la legítima defensa.  Sin embargo, la mayor parte de la puntuación más baja se basa en el hecho de que se ha identificado como un “Ghost Tour”, pero no se compartieron historias de fantasmas.


Empresa: Ogden y Salt Lake City Ghost Tours, que se inició en 2001 (www.storytours.com)

Historia Recorrido Longitud/Tipo: 2 horas/recorrido a pie, Bus Tour opciones

Disponibilidad Horario: Fines de semana en el mes de octubre, con cita todo el año

Tipos de historias:  Las historias de la gente de la ciudad o de la sociedad.  Las historias son más sobre descontento político, ir y venir de la gente en el tren, o las personas que son propiedad y murió en algunas mansiones.  Disfrute también de la gestación de los delincuentes durante la prohibición o en los cementerios de cadáveres.

Historias de Nota: Preguntar por la Señora Violeta en el Río Grande a la estación.  Averiguar sobre Lily gris con la lápida de “666.”  Si la gente dice Lily es un fantasma, a continuación, esas personas están mintiendo para conseguir la verdadera historia.  Descubrir el significado de Emo la tumba.

Comentarios de Julie:   “El lago de sal tour no es lejos de Park City todavía no hay historias sobre los mineros en las montañas.  No hay tantas prostitutas en Ogden.  Las historias de fantasmas son cosas más acerca de la sociedad.  Había una novia y el novio que murió en el día de su boda y siguen buscando para cada uno de los demás.”

Clasificación (en la escala de 1 a 10 siendo 10 alto): 9

Rango Explicación: Este tour es estirado como si viene del centro de la ciudad de Salt Lake City y viajar hasta Fort Douglas.  No hay mucho persistente en los lugares con el fin de mantener el recorrido de dos horas.  De lo contrario, la experiencia de la gira es maravilloso.  Los guías turísticos son conocidos como “historia guías” y, por lo general, son narradores profesionales del gremio Utah narración.  La entrega de los cuentos el spookiness

Julie no es el único interesado en ghost tours.  Muchas personas están interesadas en ghost tours.  Cuando lugares históricos están viendo una disminución de las personas que visitan los lugares que suponen algún tipo de historia  tour ver una recuperación económica para el positivo.  Las historias son lo que permite que estos edificios históricos para mantener sus puertas abiertas.

Tal vez lo suficientemente amplia para permitir la entrada de otro fantasma o dos.

Ir y reunir una historia gira a donde usted vive.

Agradecemos Julie Barnson conceder el permiso de utilizar las imágenes de ella y las partes de estos viajes.