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 […]

Spooky venues: L.A.’s haunted Griffith Park

Hello again, spookyfriends!  Warming up to that shift in the Polar Vortex yet?  Naaah, we didn’t think so.  Stick with the hot beverages and down booties, etc.; this won’t be over for a while yet. We thought we’d give you a better reason for the shivers, one that might keep you warmer: a column about […]

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.   […]

More ghosts on Route 66: Kellen Ryan, the prankster priest

Hello again, spooky friends!  Today’s installment of ghost stories is courtesy of Marie’s other blog, CuriousTraveler66.  It concerns the apparitions of Father Kellen Ryan, a Carmelite priest who taught history at and eventually became dean of Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, IL, now known as Joliet Catholic Academy and located in a different part […]

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 […]

Happy Halloween!! Local frights in the night

UPDATED  Nov. 1, 2013, 8:00pm Greetings, guys, girls and ghouls – it’s All Hallows Eve 2013!  Are you all dolled up tonight?  Or just sitting at home on a dark and stormy night, handing our goodies to the kiddies who dare to knock after seeing your terrifying outside display?  Whatever your poison tonight, relax and […]

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 […]

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 […]