When thinking about the way children process information, it is easy for people to overlook their ability to grasp rather complex phenomena. Studies show that children who experience early trauma are more perceptive to paranormal activity. Focusing on this demographic, children aged 4-12, I will muse on the topic of allowing children to enter the Marietta Square on auspicious nights. The Marietta Square gains a lot of its revenue banking on the fact that families will attend every festival, peruse stores, and eat at one of the many casual restaurants. The Marietta Square also profits off of the commodification of its grim history with various ghost tours– some of which are geared to be “family friendly.”
Therefore, it is startling to me that many families do not immerse their children in the rich history of the Marietta Square and only visit this historic site when it fits their social needs. I argue that children who show signs of distress might benefit from visiting one of the few churches that the Square hosts on nights that have a full moon, for example (an auspicious night). This exposure to a more “supernatural night” might benefit these children’s ability to process emotions.
As we have explored, the Marietta Square is riddled with objects of innocence to entice children; therefore, it is not a stretch to propose that this space is fitting for children to explore their emotions. Children, with their heightened ability to sense energy, truly a clairvoyant ability, might gain a sense of peace from these nights. It is possible that this exposure to paranormal environments might encourage children to connect with the rich history of the Marietta Square to overcome fears and past trauma.
It is possible that this early exposure to paranormal activity will change the cultural perspective of ghosts in America—specifically in the South. It has been stated that there has been a radical increase in the amount of American belief in supernatural of paranormal activity. It is only fitting that we, as a society, foster and encourage this worthy exploration. Although the South has a lofty reputation of being the “bible belt,” studies show that the belief in paranormal phenomena is still strong when taking religion into account.
Due to the fact that children are rather malleable and fickle (impressionable), I do not believe that the religious beliefs of children will sway their ability to believe or experience other worldly activity.