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 […]

Halloween Spooky Primer: Whether You Are Going Out or Staying Home

Ok, let’s get to it, as today is Halloween. Spooky History: We have you covered with our Old World origins of The Spooky Holiday Trifecta, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2  Want To Get Out On Halloween? Haunted Houses.com  helps you find both Halloween Haunted Houses in your area, and real Haunted Houses plus Ghost Tours. (It can take […]

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

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 drinking and dining:  a Tiki Bar from the Twilight Zone!

Imagine:  could there possibly be a Tiki bar (of all things) with spooky overtones?  YES!  There is!  And it’s in Chicago!  Three Dots and a Dash, a Tiki bar with skulls lined up all around the room, and to-die-for killer tropical drinks with headbanger names.  When I read about it, I almost died laughing.  Alfred […]

Did St. Nick leave you goodies this winter, coal in your stocking, or … a good ghost story?

[Somehow, we missed posting this in a timely fashion; whoops!  Talk about being caught in a time warp …  But here it is anyway because you just might find this spooky enough.] Did you know that Santa Claus has a birthday?  Well, a nameday, anyway:  December 6th, the feast of St. Nicholas.  Don’t get the […]