Today may be a good one to catch ghosts, she said, not because it’s the 13th, but because of today’s full moon.
“We usually get a better reading on bad weather days and on days with a full moon,” she said.
The theory is bad weather and full moons allow the spirits to draw off more energy, she said.
Some of the ghosts and spirits rumored to be at the Hill House are a young boy on the top floor, who supposedly died early from brain damage caused by asphyxiation, and a dark shadow of a man downstairs, Eagleton said. During the overnight stay, the team splits up into groups to go to different levels to search the house with such devices as EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) recorders to detect possible paranormal activities.
For the truly daring, the house has a closet used as a pyschomanteum, a dimly lighted room that is supposed to open your senses to the spirit world, she said.
“I’ve seen a lot of things happen,” said the home’s owner Phil Kirchoff, of Hurst. “You see things. You’ll feel ice cold.”
The home originally belonged to Fannie Yeager, whose family has long roots in the city’s history, he said.
Once Yeager died in the 1920s, the home had various owners and built up legends such as being used by bootleggers during Prohibition and serving as a bordello, none of which has been confirmed, he said.
He and his wife intended to restore the home, live there and retire in Mineral Wells, but too many strange, unexplainable things have happened since he bought it to consider living there for now, so he has made the home a paranormal research center. He’s opened it to the public for overnight stays and for ghost hunting teams.