Spooky tales:  Origins of the Headless Horseman

Whoa:  it turns out the fictional Ichabod Crane wasn’t the first poor schmuck to encounter the Headless Horseman and that author Washington Irving may have been inspired by older tales of same.  Who’d have thunk it?  Our WordPress and Twitter pal across the pond Ed Mooney, photographer and chronicler of Gaelic folklore, has a recent […]

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Spooky tales:  Of Mars, Martians and the Well(e)ses

One of our Spooky Things signature posts of the past is titled “Old World Origins of The Spooky Holiday Trifecta, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.”  If you haven’t read it, we promise you’ll enjoy the post.  If you have, you’ll probably appreciate the reminder.  However, if we were going to write a post called “New […]

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 […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Louis Armstrong and your favorite mouse

Good eeeeeeeevening, daaaaarrrrrrrrrlink creatures, dooooooo come innnnnn!  Tonight’s spooky installment of Music For The Grim(m) Season comes to you courtesy of ol’ Satchmo himself, Louis Armstrong, who has been known to sing a creepy Christmas song or two in his time. Alas, but the great Louie is dead, having departed waaaaaay back in 1971.  This […]

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 […]

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

It’s like a haunted long weekend:  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 […]

Spooky stuff in the neighborhood: Midnight Terror Haunted House in SW suburban Chicago

Brothers Justin and Dylan Cerniuk have been making their own Halloween decorations and displays since Justin, the elder, was 10.  Their testing ground was the Nottingham neighborhood where they grew up, a thin finger of Chicago east of 74th Street and Harlem Avenue caught between Bedford Park, Bridgeview and Burbank.  An uncle began taking them […]

Spooky sharing:  the stories behind our Halloween traditions

Where do we get some of our Halloween traditions?  Well, since many of them were brought along by some of the earliest settlers in the American colonies, it’s unsurprising that many of them come from either the British Isles or from Celtic culture in Ireland and mainland Europe.  And now I’ve found a new source […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Spooky Songs Of The Week bonus tune – A-Soalin’

Aw heck, I couldn’t help myself.  Here I was, looking for material for the next post, when a tune kept nagging me in the back of my head.  The truth is that when I spent time over the last week looking into the music of Kristen Lawrence, the tune I really wanted to hear was […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Spooky Songs Of The Week, Oct. 12th

Have you ever thought that Halloween deserved its own set of serious spooky music?  We don’t mean camp or cute, though the soundtracks that Danny Elfman wrote for Tim Burton‘s dark fairy tales border on that.  We also don’t mean pop music (“Monster Mash” would certainly qualify for that category).  Naturally, there’s already classical music […]