Haints, Boo Hags and Plat Eyes

Travel with me to a corner of the American south for some unique individuals. More ghosts and other creatures will be found at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Other creeps hang out on our Facebook page, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and on Google+.

Learn more about these unique beings at this site from Ketchikan, Alaska, oddly enough; and Travels with Persephone; Charleston Currents; and of course Wikipedia. Learn about haint blue from Hidden Charleston.

Music:

Final Count,” “River Valley Breakdown” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Let the Suffering Begin”by Tony Longworth from the album “From The Outside Looking In”
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Nerves” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Shakespeare’s Three Witches from “Macbeth”

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.

Read the scene for yourself here, then read the rest of the play.

Music:

“Penumbra” and “Tikopia” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Celtic Monsters Part 1

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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Witches Part 2

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.

For more on the history of witches in folklore and real life, and go in-depth, check the witches page of NewOrleansGhosts.com

Music:

“When All Falls Apart” by Twilight Productions

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Witches Part 1

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.

Music:

Nocturne by Ekho

To delve further:

Wikipedia focuses on the history of the (real) witch hunt.

Wikipedia examines the Salem witch trials.

If you’re thinking about visiting Salem, you might like this article.

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