Built in the late 1920s, what was once a busy train station accommodating upwards of 10,000 passengers daily and filled with luxurious amenities is now just dark corridors and empty spaces. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, Buffalo Central Terminal has a rich history. But it’s now abandoned state attracts more ghost hunters and paranormal experts than anything these days. You (we) can read about unique experiences all day long – and we do – but there are some things you just have to see for yourself. So we did. We adventured to Buffalo’s Central Terminal to experience a Ghost Hunt first hand and then tell you all about it. You’re welcome.
Here’s what to expect if and when you decide to take the plunge this Halloween season…
As is the case with any adventure – tools are very important. Here are some you should know about and consider bringing along if you’re able:
- EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) are recorders used to pick up potential responses from ghosts.
- Flashlights are not only useful for getting around, but a communication tool.
- Laser Grids are useful in dark areas for detecting movement where you see a break in the light.
- GMS (Geophone Motion Sensor) picks up on movement and vibrations, which is communicated through the LEDs. The closer something is, the higher the reading.
- Toys and a Glow in the dark balloon were used to contact the spirits of children.
- Food & water were useful in warding off hanger and impatience.
As you would at any train station, plan on arriving 10-15 minutes before your designated departure time, in this case that’s tour departure tim. Your prompt arrival will allow you time to check in, use the restroom (necessary), and snap some pictures of the terminal before the lights shut off (gain, necessary) which will happen once all of the groups arrive at their first location. Upon check in, you’ll receive a sticker with a number on it representing the small group you will explore the terminal with. Hang onto it for dear life. Just kidding. My group’s first destination was to head downstairs where, in the past the homeless would break in seeking shelter. Tragically many would freeze to death.
You will meet in the main terminal floor and throughout the night explore different locations. Designated tour areas include the basement, offices, and Anthony Fedele’s apartment. Fedele,owner of the Central Terminal from 1979 to 1986, put his heart and soul into reviving the terminal during his ownership, but unfortunately was unsuccessful. Some say his passion for the project has drawn his spirit back to the space, allowing him to oversee the place he loved so deeply.
In addition to designated high activity spots, you will also be able to go off on your own (with the permission of the group leader). On my visit I personally witnessed activity in the baggage claim area and some say the liquor store was a good spot as well, so come prepared to explore.
In the interest of keeping the excitement and mystery alive I won’t go into too much detail about what the tour offers. Where’s the fun in knowing everything? However, there are some things you should know that will help make your experience that much better.
From my visit, two occurrences stand out that are too good not to share. The first happened in the back of the baggage claim area. Before we were given the ok to break off on our own and explore on the main floor, we were told the story of a woman that has come through previously named Rose. Although the reason is unknown, it’s been made clear that Rose despises men and generally refuses to respond to them. I noticed two of my group members had high quality night vision cameras and EVP recorders, so I decided to go with them to see what they picked up. After asking a few questions without response we the two men inched closer to the cabinets that stood in the corner of the room and asked, “Where are you, Rose?”. A clear response came through – a woman’s voice responded, “the corner”. One man knocked on the door and asked, “Would it be alright if we come in?” and a startlingly clear “NO!” came through, shooting a chill through my spine.
My second strong experience came through in the upstairs offices. The floor is huge, allowing plenty of room to break off and explore on you own. The majority of the group was in one larger room attempting to hear from two children; a young girl, and a young boy named Zachary. They scattered a ball and stuffed animals on the ground in an attempt to hear from the children with no response. In a moment of curiosity I wandered off on my own to explore, snapping a photo of one of the deserted rooms. The room was pitch black, but when I looked at the photo I saw two large orbs. One was near a small, child sized desk in the corner, and the other looked to be in motion in the bottom left corner of the photo.
Say what you may skeptics. Yes, it could be dust. But in my opinion, size and quantity is all too fitting. Not to mention, in dirty rooms dust appears more snow-like than orb-like in photos. Could it be Zachary and the little girl? Or just dust? Hey, you be the judge.
Pro tip: you’ll have more time to wander on your own than you might think, so having a flashlight with you is highly recommended. Remember to bring water and snacks to throw in your purse or pocket – you’ll be there for a good 4 hours afterall. Chips and drinks are available for purchase as well.
Also, remember to be patient. When you watch shows like Ghost Hunters they condense days of footage into one action packed episode, so yes, there is a lot of standing around and waiting that comes along with the good stuff. Come ready to explore and don’t be afraid to venture off on your own in the designated area.
Most Importantly, When Can You Go
Dates and times for October tours and events will be posted on the Beyond Ghosts official website soon with a tentative start date of September 30th. Majority of tours run for 4 hours from 9pm-1am, but there are also Para-history Ghost Tours that are just 45 minutes long for those of us who are interested in exploring the inside of the terminal and generally leave every 30 minutes from 6pm to 9pm through October. All tickets can be purchased at beyondghosts.com or the Beyond Ghosts Facebook Page. All of the ghost hunts are guided or semi-guided by experienced Beyond Ghosts guides.
The most popular tour held by Beyond Ghosts is the one you’ve been reading about – the standard Ghost Hunt – which costs $30 per person(Saturday, Oct. 15, Saturday, Oct. 22, & Saturday, Oct. 29). In addition intimate Ghost Hunts with fewer than 30 participants are offered for $60 per person (Friday, Oct. 14, Friday, Oct. 21, & Friday, Oct. 28) and Para-history Tours for $20 per person (Oct. 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, & 29th). The tours held at the Central Terminal help support the restoration efforts, so go have some fun and let us know what you think!