You'll have to drink a lot of wine to see any ghosts on this tour. Photos by Meghan Stephens.

You’ll have to drink a lot of wine to see any ghosts on this tour. Photos by Meghan Stephens.

You may have heard that just in time for spooky season, the borough is now home to the brand-new Brooklyn Paranormal Society — a group of ghost-hunters who advertise an enticing blend of drinking, paranormal history lessons and an investigation of the spiritual forces that may surround us. The mix of attractions for the first outing a few weeks ago was right up our alley: drinking on a weeknight, starting at a bar in Fort Greene, then moving on to boozing in the park and, most importantly, hunting for ghosts. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, hearing haunting tales while drinking outdoors sounds like a pretty fun free way to spend a fall evening.

These ghostbusters are hardly Peter Venkmans or Egon Spenglers, though. The group is led by an amateur foursome of Brooklynites who advertise the Meetup events as BYOB boos-and-booze bonanzas. They’re holding another one tonight in Prospect Park, which has already attracted lots of media attention. The organizers are enthusiastic, but if you’re expecting any ghost-hunting expertise, set your proton packs to “low expectations.” It felt a lot like what would happen if your high school friends got their hands on some “ghost-hunting” equipment and a box of wine.

Here’s how the first-ever outing of Brooklyn’s own artisanal ghostbusters went down: (more…)

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These days Slimer is chewing on artisanal bangers or whatever instead of dirty water dogs

These days Slimer is chewing on artisanal bangers or whatever instead of dirty water dogs

October as we all know, is the spookiest of months. The kind of month where reports of “something strange in the neighborhood” and “something weird that don’t look good” shoot up 78% according to city data. The kind of month where you might be seeing things running through your head or find an invisible man sleepin’ in your bed. All that being said, you’ve got a chance to prove you ain’t afraid of no ghost next week in Prospect Park, because Brooklyn’s newest and drunkest paranormal investigation team is hunting spirits and specters next week in the park. Be warned though, that this group of ghost hunters love two things: searching for ghosts and getting loaded. (more…)