Annabelle the Doll

October 29, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

Our friend Zach on Facebook suggested I look into Annabelle the Doll, since I talked about Robert a few years ago. Since I started this season with a movie doll, I figured why not end with one? Except this movie doll is real. If you have any real-life horror (or just spookiness) you would like me to share with the world, there are many ways to tell me. You could make like Zach and use our Facebook page, or Twitter @HalloweenHaunt or our Google+ page. And of course HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, where you can find all of the episodes.

The New England Society for Psychic Research is the Warrens’ organization, with a page devoted to Annabelle. The Warrens’ Occult Museum has its own Facebook page, too.

Music:

“Witching Hour,” “All Hallows,” “Doll House,” and “Seance” by Sam Haynes from the album “Welcome to the Horror Show”
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“The City in the Sea” by Edgar Allan Poe

October 26, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , , , )

It’s not the land of Aquaman or Sub-Mariner. This city in the sea is decidedly morbid. Enjoy. Tell us your favorite Poe, and possibly find it at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Make sure you circle our Google+ page, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

Read the classic for yourself at EAPoe.org.

Music:

“Nervous” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Relent” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Random Halloween Census Facts 2013

October 23, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

Just the facts, ma’am. Well, facts and figures.  The Halloween Haunt is  very social.  Follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, circle our Google+ page and like our Facebook page. And find all the episodes at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

See the facts for yourself here.

Music:

“Alien Seduction” by Liquid Loops (from GarageBand.com)

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The Girl at the Underpass

October 20, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

Emma on Facebook suggested we look at the classic North Carolina legend of the ghostly girl. Is it really a North Carolina legend? Tell me about your legends at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and circle our Google+ page.

Read a version of the story from the NC Secretary of State’s page. Also an “investigation of actual events”  And an interesting examination of the origins of the legend.

Music:

“Misery” and “Something Comes Orchestral extended version” by Six-Nail-Coffin (Adam John Prawlocki) (from MacJams.com)

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“John Mortonson’s Funeral” by Ambrose Bierce

October 17, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

We return to the lovely, twisted mind of Ambrose Bierce for a little vignette. If you have a story to tell, join me on our Google+ page, our Facebook page and on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. You can also tell your story and find many more at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

You’ll find a Google Book of The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce,Volume III: Can Such Things Be? where you can read along with me and find many other worthy tales.

Some of the music:

“Wounded” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Night Break” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Celtic Monsters Part 2

October 13, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

As promised, we revisit Ireland and find more monsters. You’ll find part 1 at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com where you can share your favorite legends, as well as on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, our Google+ page, and our Facebook page.

Irish Central has info on all the monsters. You’ll find more on Celtic monsters at the very Irish-sounding Medb hErenn.

Music:

“Dopplerette,” “Chase Pulse,” “Dragon and Toast,”  by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“ஜ۩۞۩ஜDamien versus AndyBobbaஜ۩۞۩ஜ The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”  by Michael Jay Klein

“Gloom Horizon“ by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Keep on Strolling” by Tony Longworth from “Dead In Love original soundtrack”
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The Haunted Victorian in Gardner, Massachusetts

October 10, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

Home, sweet home. Well, two out of three ain’t bad. Learn about another charming abode for spirits. Have you ever experienced ghosts? Let us know on Google+. Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Facebook. More hauntings on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

I first heard about this house from the Worcester Telegram. Then I found first-hand accounts of tours/investigations here and here. A skeptic examines contrary evidence here.

A very nice photo tour is online. You’ll find the Facebook page of the Haunted Victorian Mansion and a page dedicated to a particular evening excursion.

Music:

“Together” by Tony Longworth from “Tinsel and Fire”
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“The Oviparous Tailor” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

October 7, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , , , )

Oviparous means laying eggs, more or less. I’ll let you look up tailor. The mind of Mr. Beddoes was always on overdrive–before overdrive existed.  Somebody should write a movie based on this poem. Find more gothic poetry, fiction and history on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. You can also find the Haunt on Facebook.  Google+. and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

Read along on Phantom Wooer: The Thomas Lovell Beddoes Website.

Music:

Classic Horror 1” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Scarecrows” by Sam Haynes from the album “Welcome to the Horror Show”
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Top Costumes for 2012

October 4, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , )

It’s been five years, so we again count down the top costumes, this time for 2012. Don’t expect a lot of, or any, comparisons with the last Top Costumes episode. I leave that to you. What costume are you wearing? There are so many places to tell us, I invite you to them all:  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com (where all the episodes reside),  on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt,  Facebook.  and Google+.

Thank you to CNN, who related the lists, which originally came from the National Retail Federation.

Music:

“The Carousel (Cirque Leviathan preview)” by Adam John Prawlocki (from MacJams.com)

“One-Eyed Maestro”  by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Ride of the Valkyries” by Vampire Division

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“Child’s Play”

October 1, 2013 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast, Promo) (, , , , , , , )

What child doesn’t love getting a toy doll? That used to be true, until 1988 when Chucky came on the scene. Thank you for the suggestion, Theo.  The Halloween Haunt is very social:  Google+,  on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Facebook. And of course at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

As usual, I just scratched the surface. Wikipedia has articles on both “Child’s Play” and the “Child’s Play/Chucky” series. IMDb.com is another great resource for “Child’s Play.”

If, for some reason, the Child’s Play charity or the Child’s Play publishing program, well, click the links.

Music:

“Darkest Child var A” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Pop Goes the Weasel” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Sneaky Snitch” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

Tenebrous Brothers Carnival – Act One” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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La Llorona

October 29, 2012 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

The story of the famous Latin American ghost who’s doomed to wander the world in search of her children.  Tell me if you’ve seen her at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Circle the Haunt on Google+, follow the Haunt on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and (sigh) like us on Facebook.

Learn more about La Llorona from LegendsofAmerica.com, an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Texas State Historical Association, and a surprisingly sparse Wikipedia article.

Music:

“Unpromised,” “Tea Roots,” “Bent and Broken,” “Gnarled Situation,” “Zombie Chase,” all by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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“The Sleeper” by Edgar Allan Poe

October 26, 2012 at 12:00 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

Perhaps his favorite poem, we delve into the mournful mind of Mr. Poe.  Much more Poe can be found on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Circle the Haunt on Google+, follow the Haunt on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and (sigh) like us on Facebook.

Read the classic for yourself at EAPoe.org.

Music:

“Remains from the Past” by Grigor Iliev (from Soundclick.com)

“Rites” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Elizabeth Bathory, the Real Life Vampire (?)

October 23, 2012 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

A Countess with ties to Transylvania, and some thought of her as real-life vampire? I am shocked. Skyler and Brooke Danger suggested on Facebook that I talk about her. Make suggestions also on Google+ and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. And of course at  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Elizabeth Bathory has quite the web presence. Check out the Weird Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, and her own site, ElizabethBathory.com.

Music:

“Dragon and Toast” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Bela Lugosi

October 20, 2012 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

He created the version of Dracula which has best stood the test of time, but he struggled afterward. The story of this remarkable man is told. We have haunts on Facebook, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Google+. Thank you, Tim, for the suggestion of this topic at  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Learn more about Bela on the family’s website devoted to him, and Wikipedia.

Some of the music:

“Pale Rider” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“A New Morning” by Persona (from MacJams.com)

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A Spooky Story of a Boy and His Dog

October 17, 2012 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , )

Something different this time in the Haunt: An original tale never before heard. This one is especially friendly for littler ones who don’t get too scared. Share your story at  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Visit our satellite haunts on Google+, Facebook and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

Music:

“Dark Walk,” “Colossus,” and “Distant Tension,” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Haunted Prisons

October 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

Inspired by a suggestion from Skyler on Twitter (@HalloweenHaunt), we look at lock ups, and the apparitions therein.  Make your own suggestions there, or Google+ or Facebook. Or simply comment on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Learn much more about haunted jails from HauntedHouses.com. And find out about even more here.

Alcatraz is run by the National Park Service. Here is some info from them.

Fort Delaware is a Delaware State Park. Find out more here.

Whitley County Jail is run as a haunted attraction. Here is the official site.

The Ohio State Reformatory has a preservation society. This is their site.

Some of the music:

“Something Comes” by by Six-Nail-Coffin (Adam John Prawlocki) (from MacJams.com)

“Dopplerette,” “Iron Horse,” and “Gloom Horizon” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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“The Wolf Man”

October 10, 2012 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

We explore another of the famous Universal monsters, as portrayed by Lon Chaney, Jr. Much more is at  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Come to our other online haunts on Facebook, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and even our Google+ page.

Learn more about the werewolf legend from…me.

Learn more about “The Wolf Man” from Wikipedia and IMDb.

Music:

“Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

“Duel with the Battlegod” by Grifion (from MacJams.com)

“65. Piano Darkation” by tschai (from Soundclick.com)

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Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee”

October 7, 2012 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

On the anniversary of his death, we return to the dark mind of Mr. Poe with his final completed poem before he died. It was released posthumously.  Our Google+ page,  Facebook and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt are a few places you can find me. And many poems and stories are waiting for you at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Read the poem for yourself at Poets.org.

Music:

“Remains from the Past” by Grigor Iliev (from Soundclick.com)

“Ghosts LoveTheme” by Darius Holbert (from GarageBand.com)

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Halloween, a Quick History Rebooted

October 4, 2012 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

Because the early episodes are dropping off the feed, and because reboots are so “in” right now, we revisit the history of Halloween, as much as we can fit in a few minutes, at least. There is a bit of new material. Find much more history at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Also join me at Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, our Google+ page,  and Facebook.

Learn more history at History.com and Wikipedia.

Music:

“The Boreal Forest” and “What Lurks?” by Six-Nail-Coffin (Adam John Prawlocki) (from MacJams.com)

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Celtic Monsters Part 1

October 1, 2012 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

Since so much of what we know as Halloween comes from Ireland, I thought it appropriate to examine some legends of monsters from there and thereabouts. Share your favorite legends on our Facebook page, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, our Google+ page, or HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Read more about all of the monsters at Irish Central. TheFullFang will tell you more about Dearg Due. Dullahan has its own website, and a Wikipedia page. Find out more about Balor at Encyclopedia Mythica and Wikipedia.

Some of the background music:

“BTS Prolog” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) (Also can be found on YouTube)

“Hidden Danger A” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Harry Houdini

October 28, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

He died on Halloween, but wasn’t a believer in the supernatural. And yet he himself seemed supernatural. Hmm…. Learn about the life of one of the most interesting figures of the 20th century, and tell us who you would like to learn about next on Facebook, on Twitter  @HalloweenHaunt, or  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Learn all about Mr. Houdini at the website of the PBS program “American Experience,” and read more on Wikipedia.

Music:

“Someone’s Behind” by Shakthi (from MacJams.com)

“Serpentine Trek” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Alchemist’s Tower” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Sound of the Fury” by Erik Scott Johnston

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Bloody Mary

October 25, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

Cute children’s game, or doorway to the unknown? Or both? Learn about Bloody Mary, a topic suggested by listener Danny Kidwell. Tell us your favorite spooky game at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

Learn more about Bloody Mary from Wikipedia, About.com, Snopes, and Scary for Kids.

Music:

“Darkest Child var A” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Two More from Thomas Lovell Beddoes

October 22, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

We return to the troubled mind of T.L. Beddoes with two more poems: “Song on the Water”and “A Lament.” Tell us your favorite poet on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, or at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Some music:

“Relent” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Banshees

October 19, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

By suggestion from Skyler on  Facebook, we discuss the mythical creature the banshee. Please don’t cry if we didn’t your favorite aspect, just let us know at the aforementioned Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, or at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

There are several websites that discuss banshees, like Wikipedia, Ireland’s Eye, and Your Irish. Rune Scape fans, this will tell about your banshees. And if you were disappointed I didn’t discuss Siouxsie and the Banshees….

Music:

“The Pyre” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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“Staley Fleming’s Hallucination” by Ambrose Bierce

October 16, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

Our friend Ambrose Bierce has another tale of the weird. Pass along your thoughts and favorite authors/pieces at  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Don’t forget our Twitter feed @HalloweenHaunt and our Facebook page.

Read the story yourself here.

Music:

“Lasting Hope” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“The Mad Scientist” by David Chochoi (from Soundclick.com)

“Pale Rider” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“65. Piano Darkation” by tschai (from Soundclick.com)

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Vlad the Impaler

October 13, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

With a moniker like “the Impaler,” you know he wasn’t someone to hang around with. This is a pretty intense episode, not for little ones. I would guess this would be appropriate for age 13 and older, but parents should decide for themselves and their children. Comment on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, and join us on our Facebook page and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

Should you not be too grossed out to want to learn more, Wikipedia has much more information. And it seems old Vlad has a bit of a fan club. Well, at least he has his own website. I wonder if he saw that coming?

Music:

“Distant Tension” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Hidden Danger B” by Kevin Macleod (freepd.com)

“Ghostpocalypse – 7” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Vincent Price

October 10, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

By all accounts, horror actor Vincent Price was a lovely man who, while somewhat eccentric, seemed to have lived a fairly pleasant life. We will discuss him anyway, because he is such an important figure in horror history, and because Skyler suggested it at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. But don’t expect to be creeped out by this episode. Who is your favorite? Let us know on our Facebook page, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, or HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

You can learn more about Vincent on Wikipedia, of course, and even more of course on IMDb. There is a virtual exhibit about Mr. Price, too. One of these days, I think I’ll make it a point to visit the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA, even though it looks bright and cheery (which is what I find scary, to tell you the truth). Oh–here’s the ad for Milton Bradley’s Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture kit. You’ll find it in very old comic books, as well. Our friends at Relic Radio often feature Vincent’s radio show, The Price of Fear, on their podcast called “The Horror.”

Some of the background:

“Scissors” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Villainous Treachery”  by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Zona de Truenos” by Hollywood Haunts from “Halloween – El DÃ�a Del Muerto!” (INTROSOUND)
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 More On This Album

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“Dirge and Hymneal” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

October 7, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

I’ve missed Thomas Lovell Beddoes, so here is another poem from the gothic master. If there are any authors you would like to hear in the Haunt, please tell us at at Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, or on our Facebook page, or HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

If you would like to read along, click here.

Music:

“A New Morning” by Persona (from MacJams.com)

“Misery” by Six-Nail-Coffin (Adam John Prawlocki) (from MacJams.com)

“The Serpent Mound” by Laura Sullivan from “Mystical America” (Sentient Spirit Records)
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How to Carve a Jack O’Lantern

October 4, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

A special double-sized episode that is perhaps the most family friendly ever in the Halloween Haunt. A comprehensive how-to, perhaps more for the younger, inexperienced knife-wielders than the grown folks. What’s your favorite thing to carve? Let us know  at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com,  Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, or on our Facebook page.

Some written step-by-step instructions can be found here. Halloween queen Martha Stewart shows you what all the tools look like. Disney Family Fun has Jack O’Lantern ideas if you need some.

Music:

“Circus Tent” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Amazing Plan” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Antagonist B” by Kevin Macleod (freepd.com)

“Iron Horse” and “Iron Horse – Distressed” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Mercy the Real-Life (?) Vampire

October 1, 2011 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

Learn the truly disturbing tale of a family in crisis and a suspicious populace who thought vampirism might be afoot. If you know of other horrific true-life tales, please share at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, on our Facebook page, or  Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

GhostVillage.com tells the story as well. Or you can read Rhode Island Monthly‘s account. Haven’t had enough? The Vampire Project also explains. What, more? Really? By Light Unseen has an extensive article about the New England vampire phenomenon. A newspaper story about it. And of course Wikipedia has more details about poor Mercy and her family.

Did you know they sold vampire hunting kits in the 19th century? And they weren’t even kidding.

Music:

“Dark Walk” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Misery” by Six-Nail-Coffin (Adam John Prawlocki) (from MacJams.com)

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Robert the Doll

October 29, 2010 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , )

A doll doesn’t sound too scary, unless  you’ve met this one. Learn his story and make plans to see him…if you dare. Thank you to Soonerthought for this thought. If you have any thoughts on Robert, or ideas for future topics, please tell us on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

There are many versions of Robert’s story, including Wikipedia’s, Paranormal News Central’s, a story from Squidoo.com, and Haunted America Tours.

Did you know that Robert the Doll has his own website (beware, the front page is a little creepy) and his own Twitter page.

Want to see what his house looks like?

Background music:

“Army of the Living Dead” by Vampire Division (from Soundclick.com)

“Night Break” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Pop Goes the Weasel” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Two from Thomas Lovell Beddoes

October 26, 2010 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

We again descend into the dark mind of Mr. Beddoes with two poems: “To Night” and “Voices in the Air.” Share your favorite at Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Read “To Night” or “Voices in the Air” yourself.

Learn about, and perhaps join, the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society.

Background music:

“Femme” by the Tempest Brothers

“Wounded” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Serpentine Trek” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Lizzie Borden

October 22, 2010 at 12:05 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

Poor Lizzie Borden is still thought of as a parent murderer…but was she? And are there any ghosts in her story? What about yours? HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. And Facebook. Thank you, Tim and Kayleigh, for the suggestion.

TruTV has a detailed history.

PrairieGhosts.com tells the story as well.

There is a virtual museum dedicated to Lizzie Andrew Borden.

Wikipedia‘s article is here.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law goes into the trial in-depth.

Want to stay in the Borden family house? You can.

Background:

“Sound of the Fury” by Erik Scott Johnston

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Hawaii’s Night Marchers

October 19, 2010 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

I bet you didn’t know there were ghosts in Hawaii, did you? Of course there are. Learn about one type, the night marchers, then march over to HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com to tell us your ghost story. And join us Facebook and on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

A few sites, including Wkipedia, have information about the Night Marchers.

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80. Yeah, I Heard It” by tschai (from SoundClick.com)

“Zona de Truenos” by Hollywood Haunts from “Halloween – El DÃ�a Del Muerto!” (INTROSOUND)
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“Zombie Chase” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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That Horrifying House in Amityville, NY

October 16, 2010 at 12:04 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

How could so much happen in one house in a lovely hamlet on Long Island, NY? Some houses have all the luck. Learn both scary stories, which are terrifyingly true in the latest episode. More is always at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. And join us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and on Facebook.

Amityvillefaq.com will tell you all about the murders and the haunting.

The Amityville Murders have an “official” website. I wonder who certified it? It does have a lot of information.

Wikipedia has information about the book The Amityville Horror, as well as Ronald DeFeo, Jr., the convicted killer of his family.

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“Dopplerette” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Tomb of Terror!” by Hollywood Haunts from “Halloween Demons And Vampires”  (INTROSOUND)
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“Right Behind You” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“The House of Leaves” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Insane” by David Chochoi (from SoundClick.com)

“Noise Attack” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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“What the Moon Brings” by H. P. Lovecraft

October 13, 2010 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

We delve into the fantastically frightening, with a dreadfully influential author of odd, H. P. Lovecraft. What’s your favorite Lovecraft story? Let us know on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

If you want to read the story for yourself, Wikisource has you covered.

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“Parle Moi” by Day OFF (from Garageband.com)

“Zona de Truenos” by Hollywood Haunts from “Halloween – El DÃ�a Del Muerto!” (INTROSOUND)
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“Alchemist’s Tower” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“The Hive” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Ghostpocalypse – 7″ by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Final Count” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Lon Chaney

October 10, 2010 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

One of the original, and still one of the biggest and best, horror actors in the cinema was the Man of a Thousand Faces, Lon Chaney. Learn the story of his emotional life, and then comment on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

The official LonChaney.com covers both famous Chaneys, run by a current Chaney.

PBS’s American Masters page has a profile of Mr. Chaney.

IMDb will tell you much about his life and his cinematic works.

Learn more about Mr. Chaney from Wikipedia.com.

The unofficial LonChaney.org has many more links.

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Toccata” by Vampire Division (from Soundclick.com)

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Halloween Around the World

October 7, 2010 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

Some random facts about how our favorite holiday is celebrated, or not, in other countries. Want more? Did we miss one? Let us know at  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter@HalloweenHaunt.

Learn more about Halloween around the world herehere, here, and here.

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Classic Horror 2” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

Tenebrous Brothers Carnival – Act One” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Death, a.k.a. The Grim Reaper

October 4, 2010 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

We look at one of my favorite subjects, the persona of Death, as seen through the ages and around the world. How do you see Death? Inform us on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. And thank you to Christine in Denmark, for making the suggestion on Facebook.

Wikipedia tells us about the personification of Death. Oh, and the metal band.

Oddly enough, HowStuffWorks.com has some good information on Death.

Regular folks weigh in on the Grim Reaper on the Urban Dictionary.

Oops, I forgot to mention the Marvel Comics villain The Grim Reaper. When you see him, you’ll understand why.

The Uncyclopedia has a completely bogus biography of The Grim Reaper.

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Grammophone Taps” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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“The Vampiress” by Lord Lytton

October 1, 2010 at 12:01 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , )

We begin this season with a chilling poem by Lord Lytton, an exceedingly popular British author and poet. Tell us what your favorite poem or story is at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and on Facebook.

If you would like to read “The Vampiress,” you can. Be careful, though, there is a picture of a vampiress that resembles Vampirella.

Learn more about Lord Lytton from Wikipedia.com.

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“Wounded” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Death by Guillotine” by DJ Daddio

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Horrifying and Hilarious Horror Hosts

October 30, 2009 at 12:03 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

Before there were 2,500 channels and nothing on, we thrilled to late night hosts of horror movies on television. A quick overview, as suggested by Nathan on the Halloween Haunt Facebook page. Also at Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Wikipedia has a lot of information on horror hosts, including Vampira and Elvira, and all of the others mentioned on the episode.

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“Alien Seduction” by Liquid Loops (from GarageBand.com)

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“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

October 28, 2009 at 12:04 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , , , )

Presented in its entirety, this is the longest episode so far from the Halloween Haunt. Thank you for pushing me to do it, Natalie. Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

For your own reading, you can turn to The Poe Museum, which is in Richmond, VA.

Mr. Poe was finally given a proper funeral, 16o years after his death. I meant to do an episode on it. I may, still, next year.

Music includes:

“Remains from the Past” by Grigor Iliev (from Soundclick.com)

“Prayers for the Dying” by Chamber of Sorrows (from Soundclick.com)

“Gagool” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Depression” by Twilight Productions

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“A Nightmare on Elm Street”

October 25, 2009 at 12:05 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , , , )

In 2009, Freddy Krueger’s first film turns 25 years old, so we look at ol’ claw hands. Christine from Denmark, thank you for bringing this to my attention at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. You can also find us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and on Facebook.

Wikipedia has lots on the film and Mr. Krueger.

Music:

“65. Piano Darkation” by tschai (from Soundclick.com)

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Random Halloween Food

October 22, 2009 at 12:09 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , )

We have looked at Halloween candy before, now we look at some other sweet food popular at Halloween.I think there is more ghoulish gastronomy to cover. What do you think? Let us know at Twitter @HalloweenHaunt or our Facebook page or the grandaddy, HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

If you need to know more about Count Chocula, I understand. So does Wikipedia.

If you would like to sample Haunted Hot Sauce’s line of zombie themed products, tell ‘em the Halloween Haunter sent you. You won’t get anything extra, and neither will I, but they’ll enjoy hearing it.

Learn about Jones Soda from Wikipedia, or the horse’s mouth, as it were.

Do you enjoy Krispy Kreme?

Music:

“The Burning Moon” by Derek K. Miller and Simon James (from the Penmachine Sessions)

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“The Haunted Beach” by Mary Darby Robinson

October 19, 2009 at 12:02 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

There were so many great women Gothic writers, that it is about time that we present a piece from one: Mary Darby Robinson. This one will work in summer, too, when you need a little dreariness. Please share your favorite poems and stories at our Facebook page or Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and of course, HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

The University of Pennsylvania provided the text and has a nice biography of Ms. Robinson.

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Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” by classicala (from Soundclick.com

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The Flying Dutchman

October 16, 2009 at 12:07 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

Perhaps the most famous ghost ship in the world, the Flying Dutchman has been sailing the seas for hundreds of years, with no end in sight. Thank you, Skyler, for suggesting this at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Sail there or to our Facebook page or Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

Find out more about the Flying Dutchman at Wikipedia.com.

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Rebel” by Twilight Productions (from Soundclick.com)

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Ghosts Part 2

October 13, 2009 at 12:06 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

What are ghosts? What are they made of? We explore these questions and more. Tell us what you think at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, also at Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Facebook.

About.com has quite the paranormal section where they discuss ghosts.

Studiesoftheparanormal.com has studied what ghosts are made of.

Music:

“Land of the Dead” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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A Snippet from “Death’s Jest-Book” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

October 10, 2009 at 12:03 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

Mister Beddoes was not known for his jocularity, but he seemed to be in a good mood when he wrote these lines for his play-in-verse, Death’s Jest-Book. More can be found at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Please join us on Facebook and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

Read the snippet from Beddoes’s unofficial “fan club,” PhantomWooer.org.

Read Death’s Jest-Book in its entirety.

Music:

Nocturne by Ekho (from GarageBand.com)

“Classic Horror 2″ by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Random Halloween Census Facts

October 7, 2009 at 12:05 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , )

We are crunching the numbers, and there are many interesting things the U.S. Census Bureau knows, and now you will, too.  Please join us on Facebook, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Music:

“Gagool” by by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech.com)

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Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde

October 4, 2009 at 12:03 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , , )

Victorian London is the scene of one of the most horrific tales of the nineteenth century, one which explores the dual nature of man. By suggestion from wolfemann, we go back to the beginning and trace the history of the two fellows. Tell me your two sides on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

More on the book and history of Jekyll/Hyde on Wikipedia.com.

An intellectual essay by Vladimir Nabokov.

Read the whole book.

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“Awkward Meeting” and “Interloper” by Kevin McLeod are available at Incompetech.com.

A bit of “Psy Dreaming” by Combat Caveman (from GarageBand.com)

“The Mad Scientist” by David Chochoi (from Soundclick.com)

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