Halloween 2020

Halloween 2020 presents the need for something different in the midst of a global pandemic

Willard Library

Halloween is almost here, and the only thing certain this year is that it is once again that “Spooky” time of the year.  October brings the time of the year when adults dress up to attend parties, teens tell ghost stories and visit haunted locations, and little ones seek that bag of candy, usually enough to last into the new year.  This year will likely be different.  With social distancing, masks, and pandemic concerns, nobody seems to have a plan for Halloween.  There is a good chance that many people will skip the “Trick or Treat” rounds this year and settle for some fun at home, a scary show, a small gathering with close friends, or maybe even a ghost hunt.   

If your family decides to skip the “Trick or Treat” rounds, you can still have a fantastic Halloween at home or abroad.  There are still small haunted houses and small ghost tours which can offer social distancing and safe interactions. If you decide to stay home, there are plenty of television shows for adults and children alike.  Naturally, the Internet offers a world of ghosts and goblins, all just waiting for you to complete a hunt online!

Perhaps one of the first online ghost monitoring sites to arrive came way back in 1993 and not from the four states area.  An old library in Evansville, Indiana, put up some of the first “Ghost Cams” throughout their building.  For years, stories had been around when the city paper decided to embark on the unique idea of having ghost cams for the world to view located at the Willard Library.

Willard Library was well over one hundred years old when the first ghost cam was installed.  The Evansville Courier and Press placed the cameras and ran the feed on their online page.  The newspaper quickly received several “sightings” worldwide as ghost watchers zipped over to the sight to watch.  In a short amount of time, the hits had already passed the hundred thousand mark at a time when the Internet was still just catching on with the world.  But before the Internet, the ghost had a long history of touring the old library in Indiana.

In 1937, a custodian worked on the coal furnace when he saw a woman with a veil covering her face moving through the area.  Other reports have confirmed the “Lady in Grey” in various parts of the library.  Once the cameras were installed, several pictures have seemed to show the lady putting away books on the shelves or moving through various parts of the library.

Today, nearly twenty-seven years since the first camera was installed and the first website was viewed, the cameras still operate at Willard.  The Courier Press no longer maintains the cameras.  Organizations in the area sponsor it.  You can still view the website, see pictures of the ghost, and make up your own mind about the ghost pictures published online.  You can even view a live feed on the site.    The site is also a great source for other ghost cams, ghost books, and links to help you learn about “Ghost Hunting.”  Certainly, with all the abundant history in the four states area, there is no doubt we must have some of our ghost lurking around somewhere just waiting to be found.

You can visit the Willard Library Ghost Cam and make it part of your Halloween celebrations online today at http://www.willardghost.com/

About Clinton S. Thomas, Th.D.
Clinton S. Thomas, Th.D.

A published writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in both the digital age and the pre-digital age of publishing. Currently serving as editor and writer for the Four States News, all while living life across the four states region from Texarkana, USA. (http://clintonsthomas.com/)

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