Ghosts, Graves, and Guidance: How Haunted Tourism Can Engage Death Education

Darcy Anderson (Cal State University, Fullerton)

When I lead haunted historical tours of the Kellogg House in Santa Ana, CA, I not only get to share information about the past, but also spooky stories about the restless spirits who inhabit the house. But I also use this platform to engage guests in a dialogue about death and grief in American culture. In this paper, I will explore how we can use haunted tourism to engage people about death in a death avoidant culture while simultaneously educating them and entertaining them. I will also explore how haunted spaces can become spaces for the death positivity movement.

Part of 06-09 Rooting Death in Folkloristics, Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm