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Certainly I would not suggest going to any that have "real possibility of being haunted" or are using occult practices etc..
(we have to avoid the occult for sure as you mentioned)
Clarification: Paranormal events do not necessarily imply that anyone has engaged in the occult. I have heard of the priests' house in one parish having stuff like that happening....books with forgotten Mass stipends falling off of the shelf, footsteps on the hardwood floor with no one there, a cold wind on the face with no reasonable natural source, other things like that. The priest would not have dreamed of trying to invoke this kind of thing, and you are right that he would not have dreamed of giving tours of his "real haunted house", but as the odd things always seemed to have a benign source, he never got too worked up about it, either. His order had a long history in the hourse, and by the accounts of his predecessors, the phenomenon pre-dated him, to the point that his first report of such an event was all but greeted with a yawn. They did not publicize these things, as they did not want to be taken for either lunatics or mediums.
He used to do the entrance to his basement up for the trick-or-treaters, with spider webs and fake bats and whatnot. Two totally separate things.
The thing that increases in popularity at this time of year that he and several other priests I have known have warned about in no uncertain terms was to stay away from ouija boards! Hasbro makes these in pink and in glow-in-the-dark, they are touted as harmless fun by which you simply scare yourselves, but don't believe it. At the very least, it is an exercise in either futility or seeing how good you are at lying to and being lied to by your friends. At the worst, it is an invitation to relationship with a far more dangerous pack of liars.