When walking through the doors of Capers Emporium, it’s difficult to imagine a haunting. The interior is eclectic and vibrant, providing you with a pleasant sensory overload of colors, textures and scents. But beneath this happy façade lurks a whole other world.
If you’ve taken a Haunted New Harmony Ghost Walk, you’re well acquainted with Eddie. Many guests and associates of the store have witnessed his antics over the years. He knocks items off shelves, touches people on their shoulders and makes his existence known. And we’re pretty sure Eddie isn’t alone.
The massive two-story building started its life as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Built in 1925, the building also housed a hardware store and grocery store. After the grocery store went out of business, the building sat empty until 2013. Indiana Landmarks partnered with the Efroymson Family Fund and restored the exterior of the building. Not long afterwards, Mary Beth and Michael Guard purchased the building and did massive renovations on the inside of the building. By 2018, Capers Emporium opened its doors for business, providing the community, as well as tourists, a fun place to shop.
I worked here for several years, helping the Guards set up the business and then staying on for an additional year. During my time here, I always felt creeped out by the basement. Every time I would walk downstairs, I would feel as though someone was following me around. During a New Year’s Eve party there, I brought my paranormal gear and did a short EVP session in the basement with my Spirit Box. I wanted to know who haunted the basement. Was it someone left over from the Odd Fellow’s years or was it an employee from the hardware store or grocery store?
“Who is hot on my heels when I come down to the basement?” I asked.
The Spirit Box answered immediately. “That’s Eddie,” it said. This was chilling on several levels. Firstly, the response was intelligent and clear. Secondly, it alerted me to the fact that there were more than one ghost there – Eddie and the person who tattled on him.
Over the years, we all experienced Eddie’s antics. Even die-hard skeptics changed their opinions after witnessing his blatant attempts to be known. Join us as we investigate this building for the first time since I brought my Spirit Box into the basement. It’s bound to be an epic adventure.
Check out our pre-investigation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVUpxPjO17k
The store will remain open for a half hour after the event. Guests of the event will receive 10% off their purchases. And trust me! You will find something you can’t live without! They will also be selling the three-quarter length Haunted New Harmony jerseys too.
Tickets are $40 per person and are non-refundable. If we experience a weather related situation, we will offer an option of rescheduling or refunding tickets.
To purchase a ticket, click HERE
Thrills, chills and paranormal intrigue!
Are you brave enough to walk the haunted streets of this intriguing town? When darkness falls, this quaint little town becomes decisively eerie. New Harmony, Indiana, is the site of two Utopian societies and many of its former occupants never left. Join us as we walk the moonlit streets and talk about the history and hauntings that set this town apart. Sometimes, the ghosts even come out to play. Haunted New Harmony Ghost Walks are 90 minutes long and are $15 per person. Tickets are non-refundable, but rescheduling accommodations can be made provided they are made within one week prior to the Ghost Walk.
Please note: Children under the age of 10 generally will not enjoy this walk. We stand around, talking about history too much for them, and the subject matter sometimes gets too adult for them. Use your own discretion.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early for check in. All Ghost Walks start on time, so we wouldn’t want you to miss anything. We will meet in front of Thrall’s Opera House, which is at 610 Church Street.
Weather updates will be posted on our Haunted New Harmony Facebook page (click HERE to go directly to the page). If we decide to cancel due to impending bad weather, we will email you on the account you used to purchase your tickets, but we typically don’t cancel due to light rain. Bring an umbrella, just in case.
Thank you for a great season! Haunted New Harmony is taking a break for the winter, but if you have a group of 4 or more and would like to schedule a private walk (weather providing), please contact Joni at Jonimayhan@gmail.com
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NOTE: After purchasing your ticket, you will be sent a Welcome Email to the address on your Paypal Account with further instructions and information regarding your Ghost Walk. Please check your email and Spam folders within 24 hours of your purchase. If you do not receive an email, please contact us at Jonimayhan@gmail.com.