Halloween Expert/Author Lisa Morton Answers Spooky All Hallows Eve Questions

Lisa Morton knows Halloween. She’s a renowned go-to Halloween historian and expert. Lisa is the author of numerous books on Halloween, including this narrative history she recommends to our readers: “Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween.”    Her work has been described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” How […]

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at purportedly Haunted Griffith Park: And Read About founder Melissa Carbone

In the parlance of the Halloween trade, it would be better to say Melissa Carbone didn’t have a dream as much as a nightmare: scare the heck out of people in an old-fashion Fall Harvest/Halloween kind of way. The former LA-based Clear Channel Media executive, who was their youngest general sales manager ever, always loved […]

Spooky venues:  L.A. Haunted Hayride, SoCal’s #1 Halloween attraction

Chilly greetings, spookyfriends!  It’s mid-April, and except for a mild Passover/Easter weekend, you couldn’t tell it was spring in some places for much of the month.  The northern U.S. experienced more of the Polar Vortex early this year as Mother Nature dumped a bunch of snow on the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic over the last 3-1/2 […]

Spooky investigations at Joliet’s Rialto Square Theatre

Hey, spookypals:  don’t miss this one!  Our fave Chicago blog, The Curious Traveler’s Guide to Route 66 in Metro Chicago aka CuriousTraveler66.com, just posted about a paranormal tour at the restored downtown Joliet, IL movie palace and performing arts theater, the Rialto Square Theatre on Chicago Street.  It seems that there was a paranormal investigation […]

All hail Allhallowtide, or:  Happy Halloween, spooky friends!

[An opening aside from Marie:  it’s bloody well snowing right now in Chicago, even if it is just little pellets that evaporate before hitting the ground,  there’s a fierce, numbingly cold wind, and the waves are crashing over the barriers on Lake Michigan, pounding the sand like it was in a battle for the WWF […]

Favorite spooky stories:  Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Let’s “face” it, Sleepy Hollow is scary.  The concept, the story or the excellent movie by Tim Burton with its terrific spooky rural eerie countryside ambience – doesn’t matter which one you mean, ’cause they’re all creepy.  And yes, there’s also a major Haunted Attraction in Ulster, NY that pays homage to the headless wonder.   […]

Spooky Events:  Bram Stoker Festival is on in Dublin (Ireland!) NOW, October 24-27, 2014

OMG, how can we have forgotten to tell you sooner??!  We must have been moonstruck with that big ol’ harvest moon last week …  For those of you who can travel on short notice, Dublin is the place to be this weekend:  it’s the annual Bram Stoker Festival, and it’s on from tonight (Friday the […]

Ghost hunters flub, toke, and burn down historic haunted Louisiana landmark

We’ve brought you ghost stories before, spooky fans, but this one takes the cake.  This time it’s the living who did all the damage.  But then, isn’t that always how it starts, before you get ghosts?  Their behavior could most charitably be called Stupid People Tricks (any less charitably, and the description would be too […]

Old World origins of The Spooky Holiday Trifecta, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

Halloween (October 31), All Saints’ Day (November 1), and All Souls’ Day (November 2), better known to those of Hispanic extraction as the Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos; more on that in our next post).  This triduum or three-day holy observance was established in the 8th century A.D. and even has a […]

Spooky doings on the Chicago River:  Haunted tours by speedboat

So:  haunted houses, pumpkin vendors, and horror film fests aren’t enough for you, eh?  Well, how about this – a haunted Halloween boat tour!  How very Chicago … though I imagine you could do it in other cities, too. If you’re in town, there is indeed a spooky cruise you can take, courtesy of Seadog […]