Hamilton is home base for World’s Largest Ghost Hunt

People across the globe will soon join forces to connect with those who have crossed over to the other side —and Hamilton is the command center for the event.

Ghost hunters will be on dozens of historic properties during the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt on Sept. 29, according to Maria Pons Schmidt, a Hamilton resident and organizer of the event.

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The public is invited to attend ghost hunts near them for a donation. All money raised during the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt goes back to the historical site where the hunt takes place, according to Schmidt. In 2017, there were 90 properties that benefited from the event, she said, including the Butler County Historical Society, whose building, a former Hamilton mansion, officials say is haunted by several ghosts that communicate with staff.

This is the third year for the event, and Schmidt said there will be nearly 150 “satellites,” or teams, in 12 countries participating.

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“Haunted tourism is a growing niche in American travel,” Schmidt said.

The benefit to anyone participating in or attending to watch the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt, Schmidt said, is learning about the historical properties where the hunts will take place.

People who want to be part of this global event are asked to go online to or to sign up.

Live streams on social media will be offered the night of the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt. “Like” the Facebook page at

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