Are you seeking a spook-tacular event to attend to kick off the Halloween season? Are you interested in glimpsing a past of history like you’ve never seen it before? Then head on down to the Porterville Historical Museum Saturday night, and feast your eyes and ears upon the Ghost Tour of the museum.

In the 1960’s when the museum was being converted into what it is today from the Southern Pacific Passenger Train Station, workers were constantly hearing bells ringing. The catch is, there were no bells or phones close enough to emit a ring loud enough for the workers to here. Thus, the ghostly rumors arose.

The museum has been cleared by two pairs of “ghost hunters” in the past, but claims of bells ringing continue to be heard to this day. Now, the museum is inviting the public to do some paranormal investigation of their own.

The supernatural hunt will begin with a brief presentation and an explanation of basic ghost hunting techniques. After being briefed on how to hunt for the bell ringing ghosts, guests will be released to investigate on their own for a two hour period, before reconvening together to review the live evidence.

This event is put on by a collaboration between the Porterville Historical Museum and the Porterville Ghost Society. The Porterville Ghost Society hosts paranormal tours of locations around the Central Valley including the Hanford Carnegie Museum, the Porterville Zalud House and the Barn Theater.

Tickets for the ghost hunt at the Porterville Historical Museum are $20 per person. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and the scares will last until midnight. 

For more information about this event or the museum itself, visit the museum’s website at, or call 559-784-2053.

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