With Halloween around the corner, we thought it would be fun to share some ghostly tales from Mike Chavez of K-DOCK 92.9 FM who was kind enough to submit this month’s guest blog post. This post will be shared in 2 parts, so stay tuned!
Spooky Legends and Haunted Locations
By Mike Chavez
I have always been somewhat of a skeptic of the unknown. I have never believed in ghosts, poltergeists or specters. I have always enjoyed the creative ways movie makers portray unearthly interactions between the living and the long dead.
It makes for some hair raising entertainment, but is strictly kept in the fiction category. Once you are gone, you are gone, no residuals. That credo changed to some degree after several personal experiences at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay. Hauntings hold a little more weight once you see, hear, and feel someone who has no physical presence.
One night while getting setup for a music competition in the theatre, I entered the building alone to load equipment. All the lights were off and it was almost pitch black.
The stage, seating, balcony and high ceilings of the theatre could barely be made out in the darkness. To help navigate , I pulled out my cellphone and lit the way with the glow from the screen. When I reached the circuit box to turn on the stage lights, I put my hand on the light switch and tucked my phone in my pocket. Just before I flipped on all the lights, I clearly heard footsteps coming across the stage just a few feet away.
Maybe I wouldn’t have to haul in the concert size speakers and mixing board all by my lonesome! Someone was walking over to me to offer a hand. I flipped on the lights, expecting to see a theatre volunteer, but instead, there was nobody. Nothing in the theatre, except for a six foot five, visibly shaken Mike.
After my hackles relaxed and my heart rate went back to normal, I turned my attention to the task of separating and connecting various cables across the stage. Working on the project at hand, I was distracted by subtle movement above the stage in the balcony area. There, sitting straight and proper in the front row of the balcony, was an elderly woman.
I gave her a dry smile but she peered blankly back at me. Thinking she was an early arriving guest, I looked back down at my work and said out loud, “You’ve got a while to wait ma’am. There’s still an hour until the opening act.” I looked up for a response, but the woman was gone. I mean, completely gone. Not walking towards the exit sign, not descending the stairs, not meandering in the lobby. She disappeared in a matter of two seconds, like she was never really there. I checked the ticket booth, lobby, fire exits and the other commons areas in the theatre, but again nobody. Nothing, except for a six foot five, visibly shaken Mike, again.
This encounter with footsteps across the stage and a vanishing senior launched my perspective from skeptic into a kind of plausible acceptance of ghosts. I officially categorize the experience as “‘weird” and give it a shutter factor of 10. Potential ghost encounters don’t end at the Eqyptian Theatre. Next month, I will share some Coos County legends that provide some chilling scenarios for the curious. Until then, enjoy your visit to Coos County and Happy Ghost Hunting!