Paranormal activity claimed to be caught on video from Ellacoya store

The latest video claimed to be from paranormal causes is from a store in New Hampshire. A glass top to a cake display is seen to be lifted and flies off the counter, shattering on the floor, when no one is around.

Ghost hunters to investigate Gilford store surveillance video.

The video was shared on the Ellacoya Barn & Grille Facebook page, with the simple description, “Haunted much?”

The store owner, Steve Buzzota, says there is a ghostly presence in the store as some people have reported they ‘felt their shoulder pulled’ and he hears noises.  The store was built in 1890 and was once somone’s home.

As of this writing 239 people have commented on the Facebook post by the store. One of the comments is from the store account:

Yes it happened at the country store, mid afternoon. We’ve known that the barn is haunted for years, but this is the first time on film! Ghost hunters are coming to check the place out, there is so much history here. So cool!!

Another commenter replies that he/she lived above the store around 1997 and “always had weird stuff going on. We were convinced it was haunted.” But yet another says they worked there for years and nothing happened.

Commentators can not help but speculate that it’s a hoax with fishing wire or a large truck that went by that caused a vibration. Frankly, you can’t see much of ANYTHING in this video so any baseless speculation is worthless. It’s a video. Videos these days are pretty much useless because there is no where to go with this. The most likely explanation is that it is a publicity stunt because this is KNOWN to be possible and to work well to get new traffic in the store. But to suggest it is paranormal activity by excluding all other options is just not reasonable from a video.

Tip: Sam Sprague and Travis Roy

Addition: How easy it is to create such a video.

  12 comments for “Paranormal activity claimed to be caught on video from Ellacoya store

  1. Richard Souter
    March 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Am definitely getting old … Whatever happened to the good old days when, if a business was not doing well they would just torch it and claim on insurance rather than just produce a ‘ghost’ story 🙂

  2. terry the censor
    March 23, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Can’t wait for the followup story: “Insurer cancels policy of ghost-ravaged store.”

  3. Chris Howard
    March 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    It makes me wonder if anyone has done a historical evaluation of ghost sighting claims throughout history?

    We’ve gone from light by torch, to lanterns, and candles and finally to electric lighting (which people who had lived pre-Edison complained that it made rooms too bright)

    Now we have infrared cameras, with insane resolution. So this makes me wonder if the description of ghosts “physical” attributes have changed over the years (funerary shrouded to ghost ord) because of the ability to better see in the dark?

    And yes, the video is crap.

  4. Chris Howard
    March 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM


    This happens ALL THE TIME in restaurants, and bars.

    Especially old buildings that have been converted into restaurants and bars!

    It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to explain this, either.

    An item is placed on a slick surface, the surface is viscous either via condensation, it’s stainless steel, or enameled wood, there is a pressure and/or temperature change and the item slips off the counter.

    Did she open a door when she walked out of the room? Pressure, and possible temperature change, no?

    Is the foundation level? Because if it’s not that means the counter is probably not exactly level, either.

    “Mystery” solved.

    Oh, that tugging feeling on your shoulder is called “seek psychiatric attention.” 😉

  5. Tribeca Mike
    March 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Coming up next on The History Channel: “Phantom Floorwalkers.”

  6. Sam
    March 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    The speed of the camera does make it look pretty spooky. Must be ghosts.

  7. Corwin
    March 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    “Lifted up and thrown to the floor.”(!?) What is with theses news reporters with their exaggeration and embellishments?
    I couldn’t see it raise any higher, it just appeared to slide across the table, teeter on the edge then tip over and break when it landed on the floor below.
    This makes the news!
    last week while washing my dishes, the 3 wet glasses I placed on the counter miraculously moved 6 inches until it mysteriously stopped at the splash-board. Scary.

  8. Asad
    March 24, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I’m a firm believer in ghosts. Haven’t seen any lately, but they were always stealing my homework when I was in school!

  9. Lee
    March 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    It is obviously and painfully apparent. The unearthly entity hates chocolate cake and after removing the glass cover and finding the cake was not his favorite vanilla just dropped the glass cover to the floor. I have heard this ghost drinks milk straight from the carton and has on occasion left the container in the fridge with nothing in it. A very rude ghost indeed! I wonder what went on in the barn? Spectral cow milking? Phantasmal hay stacking? The mind boggles…

  10. idoubtit
    March 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Skeptoid blog has an analysis. There is just not much to go on. But again, I don’t know does not mean “paranormal”.

  11. matt w
    March 27, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Notice that, at the start, the glass cover looks like it is covering the , what looks like papers. notice that the papers are positioned as if there is already something holding or lifting the edges. Now as the vid (cr*p) goes forward we see the glass cover “sliding” away from the papers after being “bumped”? into motion by something behind it. The papers flatten out and come back to the appearance of having something holding or lifting there edges up.
    curious. not air but something tensioned up and pushing it.
    its a good trick. possibly done with mono line but not attached to the glass. tensioned up like a bow string from the front counter close to us going back to the edge of the register ready to go like the old “rubber band/ paper clip -snake in an envelope” trick. Or similarly “invisible” plexi glass that can be bent to create a “spring” that will be invisible to the cr*p cam. Either way since everyone is looking at the glass object, the apparatus gets even easier to hide.
    I am an amateur magician and I dont think this is “para” anything. Its a cheep trick done in front of a bad resolution cam and set up pretty well. I might even be able to pull this off “live” but you would probably notice the apparatus because its not a cr*p vidcam.

  12. Mac
    March 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    I live in NH and saw this on the news. I was the stage tech for a magician some years ago. My first thought was the store needed some free publicity and staged it. It is also my second, third, fourth, fifth,…thought as well. 😉


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