My daughter, Tara celebrated her 16th birthday on Tuesday, November 3rd. She has been fascinated her whole life with the paranormal, in fact, her YouTube channel is called "Paranormal Girl."

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You may recall that last year, the Fainting Goat Island Inn in Nichols was voted as the second most haunted hotel in the US and was featured on the Travel Channel in September.

Tara has asked me a few times about going there so I decided that it would make a perfect birthday gift for her. I wanted to book Friday, November 13th (Friday the 13th) but it had already booked solid.

So I got us a reservation for Friday, November 6th in the Alpine Room (supposedly the most haunted room) at the Fainting Goat. Tara, one of her friends, and I arrived at 4:30 p.m. to begin our night of fright.

The "fun" stuff started happening almost immediately. We share a bathroom with another room that was unoccupied at the time. We shut that door tight and went back to our room. Less than a half-hour later, Tara noticed that the door was slightly open and asked if either of us did it, we told her "no."

She checked to see if the other residents had arrived yet...They hadn't. I told Tara that maybe it was our ghostly friends saying "hello and welcome" to us.

Apparently, a boy lives under the bed and he likes his toys, so there is a little red car under there for him to play with. Tara videotaped under the bed and we could see the car on the far side of the bed and we couldn't reach it without someone lifting the bed.

Tara and I were checking out the attic above our room when Tara's friend informed us that she thought she heard the car move. We came down and sure enough, it was to the right and closer than before. I don't know if the little boy wanted us to play but I wasn't going to crawl in to find out.

The Fainting Goat has many dolls throughout the inn including two active ones. One of them resides in our room and the other just outside our door in the corner. We were doing some haunted exploration between 2 and 4 a.m. and I took a picture of the doll at 3: 30 a.m. (pictured on the left).

I got around 8 and checked around the room...NOTHING, bummer. I walked out and looked in the corner and something looked a little different. Not only had her hand moved but she was now looking up at us in the hallway (pictured on the right).

They say that things come in three's and apparently that was true for us at the Fainting Goat Island Inn. Whether it was paranormal or not, really wasn't important to us. We had a great time, made some awesome memories, and more importantly to us...we stayed the whole night.

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