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‘Haunted’ Annabelle Doll Travels CT: Here’s What You Need to Know

After being locked up in the Warrens’ Occult Museum in Monroe, making very few trips in recent years, the real “haunted” Annabelle doll will be on view to the public this Halloween at two different events. The first is October 29 at The Warrens’ Seekers of the Supernatural Paracon at Mohegan Sun, and the second is October 30 as part of a special “Mischief Night” presentation in New Milford. In addition to the famous doll, which has spawned its own film series, a number of other items from the Warrens’ collection will be featured at these events.

The Ed and Lorraine Warrens Occult Museum is a hidden paranormal hotspot in Connecticut. Home to some of the most “haunted” items, including a dinosaur toy from the “Devil Made Me Do It” case, the museum is closed to the general public.

While the public cannot enter the museum, these Halloween events produced by the Warrens’ son-in-law allow curious fans to encounter the famous “hauntings” that have permeated pop culture. But questions may remain unanswered as to what exactly makes Annabelle allegedly “haunted,” what else is inside the museum, and who the Warrens really were.

Scroll below to see the museum is closed as well as where Annabelle is actually kept.

What are the Warrens’ Seekers of the Supernatural Paracon?

The Warrens’ Seekers of the Supernatural Paracon is a convention highlighting the investigations of the Warrens as well as the current state of paranormal research.

This is the second year of the convention, which started in Waterbury last October. The convention is also officially linked to Ed and Lorraine Warren through the New England Society for Paranormal Research (NESPR). The festival’s name is also based on a 1980s cable access show called “Seekers of the Supernatural” which was created by Ed and narrated by Tony Spera, the Warrens’ son-in-law.

Annabelle will be on display at the convention along with a number of other artifacts from the Warrens’ occult museum, including a “shadow doll, satanic idol, and haunted dinosaur toy.” Building on the Warren legacy, the convention will also feature a number of guest speakers with ties to the Warrens, including demonologist brothers Keith and Carl Johnson and A&E’s ‘Paranormal State’ star Ryan Buell. . The convention will also host more than 60 vendors specializing in oddities and the supernatural.

Tony Spera, the true curator of the Occult Museum and son-in-law of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren stands in front of a haunted organ and other artifacts at the Center for Paranormal Activity Museum in Monroe, Conn. 6, 2022.

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What about the New Milford event?

The real Annabelle doll will also be heading to New Milford for a “Mischief Night” presentation at the end of the month. The “Meet the REAL Annabelle” event will follow The Warrens’ Seekers of the Supernatural Paracon. Spera will bring the allegedly ‘haunted’ doll and a ‘surprise friend from the museum’ to a special talk at Harrybrooke Park on Sunday, October 30.

Who were Ed and Lorraine Warren?

Synonymously linked to the world of the paranormal, Ed and Lorraine Warren of Connecticut are often considered some of the prolific paranormal investigators of the 20th century. For nearly 50 years, the Warrens have investigated alleged paranormal activity around the world, including the notorious Amityville Horror and the Enfield Poltergeist.

According to NESPR, Edward Warren Miney was born in Bridgeport in 1926. Less than a year later, Lorraine Rita Moran was born in the same city. The couple married in 1945 and in 1951 they gave birth to their only child, Judy Warren. Ed served in the Navy during World War II and upon returning home studied art at Yale’s subsidiary art school, the Perry Art School. Ed and Lorraine traveled around New England in an attempt to profit from Ed’s paintings, but along the way it was said that the two often stopped at haunted places, which were often the inspiration for the works. from Ed.

Ed and Lorraine Warren arrive at Danbury Superior Court, March 19, 1981, where a grand jury returns an indictment against Arne Cheyenne Johnson for the February 16, 1981 murder of Alan Bono, 40, in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Ed and Lorraine Warren arrive at Danbury Superior Court, March 19, 1981, where a grand jury returns an indictment against Arne Cheyenne Johnson for the February 16, 1981 murder of Alan Bono, 40, in Brookfield, Connecticut.

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Lorraine is said to have been clairvoyant — meaning she was able to better understand cases through “supernatural abilities” — as well as a “psychic,” meaning having the ability to communicate with paranormal entities, according to NESPR. . Ed was a self-taught demonologist and a devout Catholic. In 1952, the Warrens established the NESPR, considered the nation’s oldest paranormal research organization. According to NESPR, the Warrens conducted more than 100 individual paranormal investigations during their time.

Towards the end of their investigative period, the Warrens focused heavily on imparting their knowledge of the occult by holding various conferences around the country. In 2006, Ed passed away at the age of 79. Lorraine continued to lecture on her own and served as a consultant on the first two “Conjuring” films before her death in 2019. The Warrens’ NESPR is currently run by their son. -brother-in-law, Tony Spera, co-director of the organization and curator of the Warrens’ occult museum in Monroe, as well as the Warrens’ daughter, Judy Spera, who also co-directs the organization.

Where is the real Annabelle kept?

The real Annabelle doll is kept at Warrens’ Occult Museum in Monroe, where she sits behind a locked case with a sign made by Ed that says “positively do not open”. Although not as menacing as her movie counterpart, who sits in a display case opposite the original doll, Annabelle has a commanding presence in the museum.

Dan Rivera, principal investigator of the New England Society for Paranormal Research, stands in front of the enclosure that houses the Annabelle doll in Monroe, Connecticut on September 6, 2022.

Dan Rivera, principal investigator of the New England Society for Paranormal Research, stands in front of the enclosure that houses the Annabelle doll in Monroe, Connecticut on September 6, 2022.

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How is the real Annabelle?

Annabelle is much taller in person than most Raggedy Anne dolls, standing about three feet tall, according to Spera.

Although they’re not entirely sure if Annabelle is still “possessed”, Daniel Rivera, the NESPR’s lead investigator, is the only person looking after Annabelle. He wears gloves that have crosses on them as well as saint medals on his fingertips when he touches Annabelle. When transporting Annabelle to upcoming events, she will be housed in a specially designed protective box.

Why is the Warrens’ Occult Museum closed to the public?

Walking down Knollwood Street in Monroe, tourists and occult enthusiasts are greeted with no trespassing signage as well as signs that the Warren Occult Museum is closed.

The museum has remained closed to the general public since 2014 due to local zoning laws not allowing a “museum” in the residential area. Spera said he faced zoning disputes due to the museum’s popularity, which led to people driving to the museum and parking along the narrow street. Neighbors complained about Warrens fans knocking on their doors and took issue with previous private tours given by Spera. Spera said he constantly received messages from enthusiasts wanting to visit the museum, but had to turn them away and tell them not to come because the museum was closed.

There are currently no plans to move museum content outside of upcoming special events.

Tony Spera, the real curator of the occult museum and son-in-law of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren pictured at the New England Society for Paranormal Research museum in Monroe, Connecticut on September 6, 2022.

Tony Spera, the real curator of the occult museum and son-in-law of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren pictured at the New England Society for Paranormal Research museum in Monroe, Connecticut on September 6, 2022.

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Why is Annabelle moved from the Warrens Occult Museum?

By bringing Annabelle and other artifacts from the occult museum to the upcoming The Warrens’ Seekers of the Supernatural Paracon at Mohegan Sun on October 29, Spera hopes to allow the general public to have the opportunity to view all of these artifacts as the museum remains. For those concerned about the movement of Annabelle and other objects, the NESPR team said they have taken precautions to ensure safety.

“We have a priest who is with the group and he will be there to bless the objects once they are there, before they leave and in the car. We are not stingy with the holy water either,” said Chris Gillorean, principal investigator at NESPR. , said in a previous interview.