RHINELANDER - You may see ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
But what if there's an actual ghost in your house?
People debate if ghosts even exist.
We wanted to speak with a local paranormal historian about his experiences.
"I'm so fascinated by it that I don't get that fear because I'm so curious. I think the curiosity overrides that," says paranormal historian Kevin Malek.
Some people might think his hobby is scary.
But nothing fascinates him more than paranormal investigations.
"We just go out looking to document evidence on paranormal and supernatural kind of occurrences," he adds.
Malek started the Northern Wisconsin Paranormal Society five years ago.
Its 12 members investigate everything from ghosts to Big Foot sightings.
Some homeowners even call them to their homes to investigate strange occurrences.
"People will be like, 'You know, we've got this going on.' 'We got that going on.' 'My kids can't sleep,' or, 'It's really bugging me out.' So it's like, 'Okay, we've got to figure out what's here and how many,'" Malek explains.
In one video from a home in Arbor Vitae, Kevin unscrews a flashlight so it won't turn on.
When they ask for the spirit to turn on the flashlight, it turns on.
"We set the cameras up. You know, the night-vision cameras in the different rooms and what not. Try to set up cameras where things have happened or where things are expected to happen."
Kevin uses cameras because he believes not everything can be seen by the human eye unless it's played back.
For example, Kevin shot video at an abandoned home outside Rhinelander. Something appeared to float by in the video.
We figured we'd have Kevin do an investigation of our Newswatch 12 studios to know once and for all, if it's haunted.
The first stop was in our conference room to see if there was any paranormal electromagnetic energy.
"The theory is ghosts are made up of electromagnetic energy...You can interact with them. So for instance if there were to pass their hands through this, it would spike," explains Malek.
The device didn't pick up on any paranormal activity so we went to the studio to try another test.
SOT (KM): "Give me your name in here as well...How many are there of you?" Malek called out.
He was using an Electric Voice Phenomenon or EVP device.
It records frequencies humans can't hear until it's played back.
"When a EVP comes through, you see that needle move even though you can't hear with your ears," he said.
The last stop on our ghost hunt was in the station's attic.
Again, we tried the EVP test. We didn't get any responses.
"So the verdict is no ghosts in the Channel 12 studios?" I asked.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
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