A Haunting Idea

Photograph(s) copyright Shaun O’Boyle

Houses can be haunted

and so can roads and diners and cemeteries and hospitals and even people.

So many places, so little time for sharing those stories…

unless of course

you have nothing but time on your hands

like I do.

That’s all I have in my hands,

yes…really.

So.

 Shall I light a candle?

Would you like to begin?

Of course you would.

Just take a deep breath and say…

“It started that night Mrs Duggan saw the shadows come down from her attic…”

Tricks And Treats

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What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
Frostbite…

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Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately…

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Why don’t skeletons ever go out on the town?
Because they don’t have any body to go out with…

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And here’s a few Halloween Superstitions…

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  • If a bat flies around a house three times, it is considered to be a death omen.

  • A person born on Halloween can both see and talk to spirits.

  • *You should walk around your home three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits

    HALLOWEEN TRIVIA- HURRAH!

     

     

    Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes. 

    Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death. 

    There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, the color of pumpkin. 

    According to folklore, the jack-o-lantern got his name from a man named Jack.

    Turnips and beets served as the original jack-o-lanterns.

     

    Jack o lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday. 

    Mexico celebrates ‘The Day of the Dead’ instead of Halloween. 

     

    Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings! 

    Pumpkins originated in Central America. When Europeans arrived in the New World, they found pumpkins plentiful and used in cooking by Native Americans. They took seeds back to Europe where they quickly became popular. 

    Growing big pumpkins is a big time hobby. Top prize money for the biggest giant pumpkin is as much as $25,000 dollars at fall festivals. 

    A pumpkin is a berry in the cucurbitaceae family, which also includes melons, cucumbers, squash and gourds. All these plants are native to the Americas.

    Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first. People spend as much as over $2.5 billion during Halloween on candies, costumes, decorations and parties. 

    Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. 

     

    Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers . 

    It is believed that the Irish began the tradition of Trick or Treating. In preparation for All Hallow’s Eve, Irish townsfolk would visit neighbors and ask for contributions of food for a feast in the town. 

    The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human. 

    Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.

    Samhainophobia is an intense fear of Halloween.

     

     

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    Secret From Under The Bridge

    photo by captain oddsocks

    photo by captain oddsocks

    I have a secret.

    I love pumpkins…year round, not just for Halloween.

    But that is not my secret.

    Let me explain.

    I collect pumpkin knick knacks and pictures of pumpkins and I cross stitch them on all sorts of things  and I always have stickers with pumpkins on them and I slap them on anything that isn’t moving.

    And if it is I’ll slap one on anyway.

    Most people think I like pumpkins because I love Halloween.

    In part that’s true.

    The truth of the matter is- I like pumpkins because they look like severed heads-

     and when you carve faces on them.

    Well.

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    The E-Mail Soul Eater

     

    Yesterday me and my best friend Amihan were shopping at the Mall for hats ( I love those old lady styled hats with fruit and birds on the brim…the one I was wearing that day had little cats dancing around the edges ) when she asked me if I had heard the story about the E-Mail Soul eater and I was very sorry to have to say I had not heard that one.

    ” Well,” Amihan ” tells me- “the E-Mail Soul Eater is this demon who sits in this Library and sends out this picture and if you don’t pass her picture around she’ll come out of your computer and kill you.”

    ” Yeah but why…”

    ” She doesn’t have a Soul, so she eats them to stay alive.”

    ” Oh she does, does she?”

    Amihan opens up her purse and takes out a couple of pieces of paper and I see that one is a copy of the e-mail and the other is the picture and I say to her:

    ” You have got to be kidding me.”

    ” No, it’s true. I mean I think it is.”

    “Listen Amihan- Demons are old world. They do things the old fashioned way, that’s in their nature -they are hands on and in your face. Please Amihan, e-mails?”

    ” What the Hell kind of stupid story is that? ” I ask and then I took the picture from Amihan and folded it up in a neat little square and I put it in my back pocket.

     ” I know, I know, I took the e-mail and the picture and if I don’t pass it along the E-Mail Soul Eater will come and get me. Well I hope she does. “

    Amihan is near tears and she says, ” Why did you do that? “

    ” Hey Amihan, don’t worry about it. “

    Amihan does look worried so I shrug and say as I pull my hat down over the little horns on my forehead ” Don’t worry about her, Soul Eater, Soul Thief, whatever- all I know is I don’t need the competition.”

    :::to read about the real “E-Mail Soul Eater” go HERE:::

    Her Eyes Are Wrong

    The picture is in a gold frame and

    and it is hanging in a basement in a little room with a coal shoot door that won’t stay nailed shut where I used to play as a child.

    One year I pulled the picture down, turned it over and saw written on the back in dark red ink:

    “Her eyes are wrong- and it’s to late to change them now “

    I turned the picture so that it faced the wall.

    But the words scared me more then the photograph itself

    so I turned it back around

    and I never looked into the eyes in that picture again.

    But it didn’t matter.

    Because those eyes, those wrong eyes, saw me.

    I know it.

    And I know that they still do.

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    Halloween In The Prep Room

    “Morgue Halloween Fun For You!”

    Mummies…they’ve got them at

    KING’S CAPUCHINS’ CATACOMBS OF PALERMO ITALY

    Urban Legends?

    That’s what they say they are:

    at

    Halloween Ghost Stories dot Com

    Halloween Games- Grave Robbing is not on this list, I checked. Here’s a link to what they do have on the  Halloween Games List at Party Ideas dot Com