Spooky tales: the ghosts of Hanover, PA

They’re baaa-a-a-ack …  Well, actually we never left.  Just been on sort of a hiatus for job reasons; you know how it is.  Sorry about that.  But for now, we have new posts as we lead into Halloween 2014 and after, in an effort to be the best blog of our kind.  Forgive us?  Oh, […]

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 […]

Haunted by the President?  Oh, wait – it’s Honest Abe

Michael recently saw the movie Lincoln.  For those who have seen it, and those who haven’t, Daniel Day-Lewis was downright eerie as President Abraham Lincoln.  So were some of the shots, especially the first time we see Lincoln – in the dark, in the rain.   The way Steven Spielberg shot the film really transported you […]

Spirits of the Rialto Theatre still perform

Route 66 has its share of ghost stories – mostly in the form of ghost towns out west that didn’t survive the changeover to interstates and modern living – and there are plenty of stories among the paranormal set of haunted theaters.  But a haunted theater on historic Route 66?  You bet:  in Joliet, IL.  […]

Retro Dark Shadows remake is worth seeing for the vamps and the spooks

Imagine:  A massive, creepy, 200-year-old Gothic mansion, set in picturesque Maine by the sea.  And to boot, the mansion has some visually stunning ghosts and is home to a polite, charming, but nonetheless bloodthirsty vampire.  Interested? We were.  Neither of us had ever watched the original television show Dark Shadows, and we’re not real big […]

Haunted libraries: spooks in the stacks

  I have heard (but not believ’d) the spirits of the dead May walk again:  if such thing be, thy mother Appeared to me last night; for ne’er was dream So like a waking.  – The Winter’s Tale, Act 3, Scene 3   Tuesday, April 23rd is William Shakespeare’s birthday, and there are plenty of spooky […]

November: it’s dark, dreary and time for … Haunted Houses

Marie:  You know, any month that starts with a Day of the Dead is sending you a message that things are going to get worse before they get better.  I don’t know about you in California, but out here in Chicago, the days are certainly getting gloomier.  You get one or two days of Indian […]