When folks in Kentucky had certain health issues, they went to Waverly Hills. Poor folks. The staff was doing the best they could. Some of the folks seem to have stuck around in the afterlife. Join our Facebook page, and on Twitter at @HalloweenHaunt. Learn about more haunted places…where else? TheHalloweenHaunt.com.
Few things say Halloween like black cats, although they are delightful any time of year. Thank you, Robin, for another excellent suggestion on Facebook. I tweet at @HalloweenHaunt. Much more can be found at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.
Just like today, the Golden Age of radio took place at a scary time in the world. Radio was there to help cathartically. Matthew suggested this topic on Facebook. We are on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Find more at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.
Hooray for haunts…and Hollywood has plenty. Learn about a few now. Scroll down, look to the left if you want to give. The Halloween Haunt is on Facebook. I suggest you set it to be on the top of your News Feed so you see everything. Also find out about many Halloween happenings @HalloweenHaunt on Twitter. Everything, including all of the episodes, are at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.
Two poems from the great Emily Dickinson. You might want to have something funny ready for when you’re done. Thank you for giving to the TheHalloweenHaunt.com you’re helping to keep the show going. Scroll down, look to the left if you want to give. Follow the Haunt Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Facebook (like us, too).
Make sure your special night is scary for the right reasons. Join the Halloween Haunt on Facebook and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. TheHalloweenHaunt.com has lots of creepy Halloween and Halloweenesque information. And all of the episodes of the Halloween Haunt.
Some people take their ghosts very seriously. And they’re not afraid. Are you? More haunting information at TheHalloweenHaunt.com, where you can also give and help keep the Haunt in cobwebs. Learn more about Halloween happenings on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and our Facebook page as well.
A story of a house that is…haunted? A gateway to another, horrible dimension? Something nice like that. Join the Facebook party, and the Twitter freakfest @HalloweenHaunt. Find more stories by Bierce and more at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.
Our first poems from Walter de la Mare are clearly spooky, just look at the titles. Much more poetry, stories and other Halloween frightfulness at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. That’s also where you can help keep the Halloween Haunt online. Find other angles of the Haunt on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and on our Facebook page.
Back before there was a United States, one of the early settlements was Roanoke Island. It didn’t go well. But what happened to the people? Justin in California suggested this on the Halloween Haunt Facebook page. I give you Halloween news on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. If you would like to give to the Haunt, scroll down TheHalloweenHaunt.com and look to the left. Thank you. That’s also where you’ll find every episode.
October is a terrific time to explore the world of Halloween–in the world. You’ll find much Halloween fun at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Thank you for the Halloween gifts, you’ll find the link on the left if you scroll down. Join the Haunt on Facebook and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Mark suggested this topic on Facebook, by the way.
They are some of the most popular attractions at the Disney Parks. And they’re haunted. Learn more about the houses and find every episode at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Make sure you like the Haunt on Facebook, and you follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and on Google+.
Witches as evil hags wasn’t a new idea at the time, but this play may be the reason that’s the first thing we think of when we think of witches. Find lots of Halloween info on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook. and Google+. And at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.
It’s hard to believe, but I have never featured this great poet in the Haunt. I remedy this with a lovely ditty about heading into the afterlife. See you on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and Google+. Tell me what poems and stories you want to hear at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.
Kort on Twitter (@Vosboss00) wanted to know the history of those scary guardians of skyscrapers, and so did I. Join the social media craze with the Halloween Haunt on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. All of the episodes are at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.
All this time I’ve been presenting programs and I’ve never focused on poltergeists? Luckily, Robin on Facebook reminded me. Find more information on ghosts and spirits at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. The Halloween Haunt is on Google+ and on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.
Wikipedia explains the phenomenon. About.com has the signs of a poltergeist for you to refer to when you are in need.
It’s a creepy cemetery that’s well over a hundred years old. It must be haunted or have some kind of monster, right? William (@Midnight_Circle) on Twitter suggested the topic. I post often on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Here is where I am on Google+. And of course Facebook. Tell us your urban legend at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.
Perhaps the most disturbing poem ever presented in the Halloween Haunt, it unsettles on several levels. Find more stories and poems at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Like the Halloween Haunt on Facebook, follow me on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and put me in a Google+ circle.
We revisit a favorite topic. It could be argued that trick-or-treating is one reason Halloween is what it is today. If you scroll nearly all the way down at TheHalloweenHaunt.com you’ll find the original trick-or-treat episode, along with nearly all the existing episodes . Please put the program in one of your Google+ circles, follow me on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and please “like” our Facebook page.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a moniker like “the Impaler,” you know he wasn’t someone to hang around with. He is said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.