A light that just won’t stay lit. Strange noises that don’t seem to have a source. A door that locks itself.
There are all sorts of things that happen in an old house, or something bigger, that lead people to wonder: Could it be something supernatural?
Tyson Lidgett, of Mo Valley Paranormal, will bring his investigations of things that go bump in the night to people throughout central Pennsylvania.
Last year, Lidgett and his crew staged a series of late-night looks into the unusual at a variety of alleged local paranormal hot spots. The team also set up Halloween-season tours of the possibly haunted Reed Funeral Home in Houtzdale.
This year, they will up the ante on television. “Hometown Haunts” is a 13-episode series set to air on local Fox affiliate WWCP at 6 a.m. Saturdays starting Oct. 4. A streaming media broadcast will air online later, at www.gopagespa.com.
Lidgett said he never wanted to follow in the TV footsteps of shows such as SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters” and A&E’s “Paranormal State.” But then Izen Lingenfelter, of Blue Moon Media, brought him the idea.
The point of the show, he said, is not to play to believers or skeptics, but to present the evidence, much of it done in a first-person perspective, and let the viewers form their own conclusions.
“Our premise is neutrality,” Lidgett said. “Our tag line is ‘Haunted or not? You decide.’ ”
Among the area’s spectral possibilities up for debate will be Duffy’s Tavern in Boalsburg, the Millheim Hotel, Philipsburg’s Rowland Theatre, the Brisbin House in Osceola Mills and Brenda’s Tavern in Bellefonte. The investigations of the various locations took place over the summer, after the project received a green light in February.
Lidgett said his crew will encourage social-media interaction, asking viewers to weigh in on the investigations via Facebook.