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 […]

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 […]

Spooky TV:  Grimm, or Welcome to WereWorld

[Gentle readers, please note:  this entry was written on Sunday, November 1 but, due to technical difficulties beyond our control, unfortunately didn’t post the same day.  We ask you to keep that in mind when reading the post.  Thank you! – the editors] Hi there, spooky fans, and happy second day of Allhallowtide!  It’s the […]

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 […]

Spooky video in daylight? You bet your ghost!

Hello  again, spooky friends!  We hope you’ve been holding up well.  And if you haven’t heard about the New Hampshire ghost whose video has been getting thousands of hits for the last week, let us be the first to inform you.  It’s so rare that one ever gets to see paranormal activity live, let alone […]

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 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 […]