You'll learn more about ghoulies and ghosties, long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night during the first Dixie Ghostland ParaCon this weekend.
The event will be held today and Sunday at the Horse Creek Banquet Hall at Bobby's Bar-B-Q Buffet on Jefferson Davis Highway in Warrenville.
Tickets cost $45 apiece.
Leitreanna Brown, who lives in Greenwood County, is the producer of ParaCon, and she said Aiken County is an ideal site to launch such an event because of “all the rich Southern history and hospitality” in the area.
Brown is an agent for Haunted Entertainment and the founder of Paranormal Pros. She has been involved in many paranormal investigations, and she said she “fell in love with Aiken” while visiting possible haunted locations locally.
Speakers at ParaCon will include well-known figures in the paranormal community, such as Keith Age and Jason Stanton, as well as Kent Cubbage of Aiken Ghost Tours.
An appearance by Andrea Perron is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. She is the author of the “House of Darkness House of Light” trilogy. Volumes 1 and 2 are available, and Volume 3 is scheduled for publication soon.
The story of Perron and her family's experiences is the inspiration for the movie “The Conjuring.”
ParaCon's schedule of events also includes investigations at the Carriage House Inn, Aiken County Historical Museum and Langley Pond tonight.
For more information about ParaCon, visit bit.ly/16kznXP. .
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013.
A native of Concord, N.C., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.