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What you don’t expect to find on the job could scare you

10/31/2016 at 12:27 pm by

During the course of construction, workers can run into just about anything – including the bazaar and downright scary. So it seemed fitting on this All Hallows’ Eve to check out some of the strangest encounters and discoveries on the job site:

Not so itsy bitsy spiders

No, I’m not talking about the plastic versions many of us hang in our homes for this frighteningly fun celebration. In August 2012 a rare, eyeless spider literally stopped construction on a $15 million highway project in Texas. Even its name, the Braken Bat Cave meshweaver, conjures up visions of vampires and damp, terrifying spaces.

Séance anyone?

A construction worker was tearing open a wall in an old house when he found a vintage Ouija board behind a wall vent. The Ouija Board is suspected to be about 100 years old. How it got in the wall and what spirits it has attempted to contact in the past – no one knows.

Creepy costumes

About this time last year, The Boston Globe reported that a construction crew discovered two eerie-looking costumes during a renovation on the city’s Government Center station. The costumes, two gruesome masks stitched to cloaks, were found in a hollow section of concrete that was poured more than 60 years ago. Who wore the costumes and how the chilling garb ended up entombed in concrete is still a mystery.

Spooky spirits

In the process of tearing down an 1890s Victorian-era house in Virginia, a construction worker caught sight of a young girl in the house and went to look for her. Unsuccessful in his search, he was on his way out when he spotted her again on the steps and turned around. She had disappeared into thin air. He was so spooked he quit the job. Some believe what he saw was the spirit of a girl who had lived in the house and died in 1913 at the age of 14.

Ghost, goblins, witches, and black cats. Whatever crosses your path this day, we wish you a happy Halloween!

Sources:

Little Spider Halts $15 million Texas Construction Project, Time

How did it get there? Worker finds old Ouija board stuffed in a heating vent. The Daily Mail

MBTA makes eerie discovery in Government Center station. The Boston Globe

Haunted America: Ghosts, Spirits, ABC News

About the Author

Deb Carpenter-Beck is a writer and marketer with more than 25 years of experience in the construction and real estate industries. She often writes about technology and best practices and is passionate about helping contractors and real estate professionals achieve their business goals. You can follow her on Twitter @DebCBConstruct.

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