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.
If you had more money than you ever dreamed of, would you build a house for nearly 40 years? You might, if you thought spirits had cursed your family and you were next. Find out about the strangest house in the land, in the Halloween Haunt. If you know of stranger, tell us at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. You can also find us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and on Facebook.
Or, you could go to the Winchester House and see for yourself in real life. They have special flashlight tours, including at this time of year. Tell ’em the Halloween Haunter sent you. UPDATE 8/2011: News of special Halloween “Fright Night” events is coming out. And they have added a “Spirit Sightings” page, which is very creepy. I like it.
In this special extra-sized edition, we go back 70 years to a simpler, scarier time when people believed it just might be possible aliens from Mars would attack us. It created quite a stir. What Halloween hoaxes do you want us to look at? Let us know at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
Also, don’t forget to listen to the episode on Ghosts….
Ghosts and spirits walk the Earth. Many believe it. Where do these beliefs come from? We explore that question in this first section on ghosts. It is a big subject. Tell us about the spirits in your life, and tell us what you want us to focus on in the future, at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
We return to Mr. Beddoes, again for a sort of love poem. If you have any poems or stories you would like to share, or if you would like to read a version of the poem yourself (different books changed a word or two, believe it or not), do it at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
Just in time for 2008, we present the top costumes in the United States for 2007. What costume are you wearing? Let us know, and find much more about Halloween and the origins of Halloween costumes at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
We enjoy a tale from great American writer and all-around great guy Ambrose Bierce, the first such tale from him in the Haunt. Hopefully it won’t be the last. What stories would you like to hear? Let us know at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
What exactly are zombies? Undead shambling freaks? Reanimated corpses? Or something else? Let us know your favorite kind of zombie at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, where you’ll find much more information.
Travel back in time to the American Revolutionary War and relive the Halloween sinking of a British warship. The tale is not pleasant, but is that really what we are looking for? Tell me your interest in ghost ships at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
Thomas Lovell Beddoes had an outlook on life perfect for Halloween. He was obsessed with death. Enjoy a bit of culture in the Halloween Haunt, and let us know what poem or story you would like to hear at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
They are crunchy and many are a delightful blood red color. And they’re the source of endless Halloween fun. Learn where the game bobbing for apples came from and other games you can play with the delicious fruit. Have an apple story? Tell us at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
The Ouija board is fun to play with, but can you really summon the passed-on with a toy? Find out how old Ouija is, and where it came from. Following up on the classic Ouija Board Story. Tell us your favorite Ouija story at HallowenHaunt.wordpress.com.
Here is another poem that feels right this time of year, by the inimitable Edgar Allan Poe. It was published in 1827. Please let us know what poems and stories you would like to hear at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
Not all of Halloween’s focus is spooky. If you don’t celebrate it, the Day of the Dead may seem macabre, but it’s actually a joyous celebration. As much as I like macabre, you’d think I’d be disgusted, but I’m actually charmed by it. HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com for shownotes, and you can tell us there how you celebrate the Day of the Dead.
The moon is making me feel romantic, so I present a poem by Thomas Lovell Beddoes entitled, “The Phantom-Wooer.” Full shownotes at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, and please let us know if this made you feel romantic.
By request, we look at the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow, as told by Washington Irving. Thank you, Janelly, for the excellent suggestion. Full shownotes at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Go there and tell us a story which makes you lose your head.
Halloween is a special time, which is why there are so many specials and special episodes on television. Travel with us through the tube of terror, and let us know your favorite Halloween TV at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, where you will also find shownotes.
Fun party game, or gateway to the other side? Ouija boards are a staple of Halloween. We have a true Ouija story for you in this extra-sized episode. Warning: May be too intense for the little ones. Tell us your Ouija story at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
This time we get away from the ugliness of the general population towards suspected witches and look at real ones and witches from folklore and other fiction. Some of these do have pointy hats and green skin. Shownotes at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, where we also would like to find out who your favorite witch is.
For more information:
Wikipedia is a good place to start learning about wicca, and the modern-day witches.
He is not just a bunch of body parts. He is the original science fiction/horror creation. We delve deep into the history of the Frankenstein monster and his creator, Mary Shelley. Assemble your thoughts and put them on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, where you’ll also find full shownotes.
Some feel the poem by Mr. Poe speaks to the universal situation of man. We feel it’s another frightening glimpse into a deep, dark mind that only Edgar Allan Poe could really understand. But it’s fun to try. The poem was first published in 1845. We would love for you to worm your way over to HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, and let us know what you think.
Yummy, yummy in my tummy. What are the most popular Halloween treats? Let’s take a big bite into your favorites and find out all about them. Let us know your favorite Halloween treats at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com. Full shownotes there, too.
A green face, a pointy hat, warts, that is how we used to see witches. I thought it was a cute look. But their history is much more complicated than that, and we only focus on Europe and America. Full shownotes at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
Nice doggy. The story of werewolves is actually many stories, from all over Europe. Were they ever real? We can only–scratch–the surface in this installment. Howl at us at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
Contrary to what many people think, Dracula is a fictional character. He was created more recently than you might think, too. Learn all about the King of the Vampires in this latest installment, then let us know what you think at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.
We have had bloodsuckers at least as long as we have told stories. Except that many people believe they were more than the subject of stories. Real or not, vampires continue to capture our imagination. Find out more about them, then let us know your own vampire story at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com
We descend again into the deeply dark mind of Edgar Allan Poe, as he describes “The Haunted Palace” as only he can. Poe’s mind is a twisted place no one should have to go…but we love to dally there voluntarily. Please illuminate your dark mind at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.