BY JOEL SALINAS
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A haunted place in St. Cloud, Minnesota is the Skatin’ Place.
As a 4th grader the Skatin’ Place was the place to have birthday parties due to the laser tag, the games, and of course the skating. The Skatin’ Place is known for being haunted, but when I asked my friends how it was haunted, they had no idea.
If something is haunted there has to be a reason behind it. Maybe people say it's haunted to scare me, to tease other kids, or maybe they being real. Without anybody able to tell me how it was haunted, I assumed it was simply haunted by a ghost who roams around. You can't see them, hear them, or have any way of realizing they're there. Nobody knows for sure, but there have been real claims. Some have been scary, some spooky, and some that are pretty unbelievable.
Here's the background I've researched about the hauntings at the Skatin' Place.
Before the Skatin’ Place was built the place used to be quagmire-like farmland. The farm had a family who lived there. The family who lived there had a son named Gilbert who owned an area of thick swampland. Gilbert's parents told him to stay away from the swampland. But Gilbert didn't listen to his parents.
From what I've read, Gilbert didn't have a very ... happy ending.
He ended up face down in the muck, but there is not any evidence of this actually happening.
Some of the other occurrences of the “haunting” are arcade machines turning on and off by themselves, lights turning on and off, and many of reports of footsteps on the roof. Like I said, this is some pretty unbelievable stuff.
An employee had even heard the Ghostbusters theme song playing on a CD player that was turned off at the moment. Now the really creepy occurrence is when someone swore to the staff that they seen a person's face behind the air vent while enjoying their time at the Skatin' Place.
While an investigation was held there was no proof of the mysterious boy's face in the vent and there was no way a person could have gotten in the vent any way at all. 😱Pretty scary!