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Paranormal crews search for ghosts at Edmonton school

Straightening veils, re-arranging centrepieces and finding the perfect flowers for the bridal bouquet. Most of the time, Samantha Pham is helping Edmonton couples pull off the perfect wedding. But she’s taking her event planning business in a different direction this Halloween.

A strange marriage as local wedding planner and paranormal investigator take over haunted school

Jeremie Buchberger and Samantha Pham will host a paranormal investigation the McKay Avenue School building on the eve of Halloween. (Ariel Fournier/CBC Edmonton)

Straightening veils, re-arranging centrepieces and finding the perfect flowers for the bridal bouquet.

Most of the time, Samantha Pham is helping Edmonton couples pull off the perfect wedding. But she's taking her event planning business in a different direction this Halloween.

Instead of a chapel or reception hall, the venue is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Edmonton.

Pham has teamed up with Jeremie Buchberger of Pandemonium Paranormal to organize a paranormal investigation of the McKay Avenue School on Oct. 30.

"I've always been fascinated with the paranormal, since I was young," said Pham.

"I always watch those ghost hunters shows and all these other really cool paranormal shows on tv, and I couldn't find anything like that in Edmonton, so I figured why not host my own event."

According to local legend, the towering brick building has been haunted ever since 1912, when a construction worker fell to his death during a renovation.

The downtown building now serves as the the Edmonton Public School Archives and Museum.

Paranormal investigators will lead people through the school for a series of late night tours.

Equipped with night vision cameras, high-end recording gear and motion sensors, the teams will make their way through the darkest corners of the building, in the hopes of witnessing something paranormal.

After the tour, all the ghost hunters will converge in a sort of command post. Attendees will be encouraged to share any spooky sights or sounds they may have encountered, and investigators will share their evidence.

"The best thing would be able to catch something on video," said Buchberger.

"Trying to capture a picture of a ghost is one of the hardest things to do, but there are so many other things that can happen"

Tickets for the tour are are $70 and are still available on Pham's website at jadoredesignandevents.ca.

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