Aaron Carter’s family travelled from the Florida Keys to upstate New York. They were going to visit his grandma, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. It would likely be the last time they were all together. Or so Aaron thought.
Aaron and her were close, “I loved everything about her,” he said. She had always been a trickster, “She would do things that were petrifying,” he said on an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories. “She would wait until you were sleeping and pretend that she was a ghost and start tickling your feet. That’s always how we knew her. That was grandma.”
She also believed in real spirits. Aaron, at the time, didn’t. He was sitting with her on her sick bed when she turned to him and said, “Listen here Aaron, don’t worry about me. I’m going to die, there’s nothing I can do about it,” he remembers. But, “There’s something I want you to do for me. When you find out that I die I want you to do a little ritual for me.”
Her plan was to prove to him that ghosts are real. She said, “When I die I want you to light a candle and when the candle burns out I’m going to show myself to you to prove to you that there’s life after death.” Aaron still didn’t believe it. He said back to her face, “No you’re not. That’s not going to happen.” But out of respect and maybe a little curiosity he agreed to the plan.
Two months later, she passed from the world of the living. Aaron didn’t travel back to New York for her open casket funeral, “I couldn't do it. I couldn’t see her dead.”
But at home in Florida, he lit the candle. The mood turned quickly, “All of a sudden, it’s very dark in the room,” he remembers. “I’m looking over at the candle and the flame was dancing a little bit and I’m feeling around in the room like, is there a draft? There’s no draft. What is that candle doing? I stand back and I look at it and it just disappeared. A little trail of spoke floated above it.”
Aaron’s heart raced a million miles an hour. This was the moment.
“I looked around and nothing was there. All of a sudden I felt claustrophobic….You know the smell when you blow out a candle? The moment I smelled that there was a cold blast. She did it. The cold air turned into a visual, like the back of her head and then it turned around and it was her. She looked at me and she said, ‘I told you.’”