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This Is Halloween: The Real Paranormal Halloween Ghosts, Web Sites And Paranormal Events For You To Investigate
By The Ghost Man Of Louisville
This Is Halloween
The ghosts that haunt the day of halloween or many and diverse. These evil ghosts demons and insane spooks are the first guard of the dead that visit the earth in a three day spookfest. And those that haunt The days of All Souls day, All Saints's Day or Dios Dela Morte or tamer then these.
Preperation for any haunted hunt for real ghosts needs time to coordinate and research. So here we are months in advance. Or perhaps at the last minute scrambling to find out what are the best places to have a real ghost hunt on Halloween night. It's never to early or too late to write, find and read an article or explore the depths of what a haunted Halloween experience is all about. Especially if you just happen to know where all the ghosts are hiding and where to find the real 7 Gates of hell!
Halloween ghosts usually start pumping up the hauntings at least one mouth before the accursed day. They will actually haunt other ghosts and cause the normal ghosts that haunts a location to go into hiding. Many do not realize it but Halloween has a secret counter day in the calendar year. Some believe it is March 31st.
On March 31, 1993, there were eight days left before shooting of the film The Crow was to be completed. The scene being filmed involved Brandon Lee's character Eric Draven walking into his apartment and witnessing the brutal rape of his fiancée by thugs. Lee's character would then have been shot and killed along with his fiancée by the thugs. As the scene was being filmed, Brandon Lee was killed after Michael Massee (who played the villain Funboy) fired the gun at Lee as intended. The bullet unseated from a dummy round was lodged in the barrel of the handgun. The bullet was not noticed and the gun was loaded with a blank cartridge. When the blank was fired, the bullet shot out and hit Lee in the abdomen. After Lee's death, a stunt double, Chad Stahelski replaced Lee in some scenes to complete the film. Special effects were used for digitally compositing Lee's face onto the double. Michael Masse, the actor who plays funboy, was not to blame. An unknown person in the production film, wanted the film to look real, but little did this person know that it would personally injure him.
Others coincide it with the changing of the seasons but the month of March as is August and October are all thought to be Hungry Ghost Months in America.
Halloween (also spelled Hallowe’en) is a holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints’ Day. It is largely a secular celebration, but some Christians and pagans have expressed strong feelings about its religious overtones. Irish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America during Ireland's Great Famine of 1846. The day is often associated with the colors orange and black, and is strongly associated with symbols such as the jack-o'-lantern. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, carving jack-o'-lanterns, reading scary stories, and watching horror movies.
Some paranormal researchers as The Great American Necromancer - Lisa Lee Harp Waugh, Gina Lanier and many others believe today that these October ghosts haunting us in America are equivalent to those of Hungry Ghost Month.
The actual percentage of those that get possessed during seances or occult rituals of necromancy or satanic rituals is 2 out 5 individuals. And from this 1 in every 10 does not show signs of possession until months later.
Anal ghosts, Womb ghosts and those ghosts that can cause the most horrible of maladies and illness are afoot. Halloween brings out of course those ghosts demons and entities that are usually buried so deep in the ground of centuries past. That their atrocities to those they haunt are un measurable.
Many ghosts have annual halloween visits to our world, from the Headless Horseman to Bloody Mary. The most sought after evil ghosts that haunt halloween can also entail a visit from the Devil himself. Cities like New Orleans with the running wild of the Legendary Devil Baby Running the streets with a pack of wild grunch (American Chupacabra). To the cursed visit of Lucifer himself at Stull Cemetery. And don't forget the great pumpkin King and Charlie Brown.
The Top Ten most famous ghosts that are known to haunt Halloween:
1. The Headless Horseman - The Headless Horseman is a fictional character from the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by American author Washington Irving. The story, from Irving's collection of short stories entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, has worked itself into known American folklore/legend through literature and films.
The headless horseman has appeared in many forms of literature throughout history and throughout the world. Many countries have their own unique version of the legend in which some form of the headless horseman appears. In the United States, various states have their own version of a headless horseman tale; Texas' version of the legend, written by Thomas Mayne Reid in 1865 or 1866, tells of ghosts of beheaded horse thieves, who roam the countryside.
The more noted and recognizable headless horseman of today imitates the one that appears in Washington Irving's short story, which was published in 1820. The story is set in America, within a 1790's Dutch settlement that residents nicknamed “Sleepy Hollow”. Its protagonist is a schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane, whose apparent demise results from a meeting with the horseman. The horseman himself is allegedly a Hessian soldier from the Revolutionary War who was decapitated by a cannonball and now roams Sleepy Hollow on the back of his horse, with his severed head resting upon the pommel of his saddle. He is therefore also called the 'Galloping Hessian'. The Horseman is said to be incapable of crossing the covered bridge at the town entrance (a possible reference to the belief that ghosts cannot cross water), although he is shown throwing his head across a river to strike down Ichabod Crane. Ichabod's fate is left ambiguous; some of the background characters allege that he has been "carried off" by the Horseman, while others suggest that he has been frightened out of the county by the ghost and by the prospect of facing his landlord, later to become a lawyer in Philadelphia. It is implied later that the Horseman was in fact Brom Bones, Ichabod's rival for the hand in marriage of the local beauty Katrina van Tassel, who imitated the legend of the Galloping Hessian on purpose to kill or frighten away his competitor. The fact that a shattered pumpkin is found beside Ichabod's abandoned hat supports this, in that the pumpkin may easily have been used to simulate the Horseman's severed head. Intriguingly, there is no mention of a severed head in the story heard by Ichabod, though it is prominent in his own encounter with the horseman.
Other adaptations include collections of short horror stories such as The Headless Horseman: And Other Goulish Tales, poems such as The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep, and even plays such as The Mystery of the Headless Horseman.
2. Bloody Mary - Bloody Mary is a ghost or witch featured in Western folklore. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called three times (or sometimes more, depending upon the version of the story), often as part of a game at slumber parties. Other very similar tales use different names for the character including Mary Worth, Mary Worthington, and Hell Mary among others.
Divination rituals such as the one depicted on this early 20th century Halloween greeting card, where a woman stares into a mirror in a darkened room to catch a glimpse of the face of her future husband, while a witch lurks in the shadows, may be one origin of the Bloody Mary legend.
Halloween has origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samain, possibly derived from Gaulish samonios). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year". Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Celts believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the living and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to copy the evil spirits or placate them.
All mirrors are said to be haunted on Halloween. they are thought to be portals to the cold afterworld.
A mirror is an object with at least one polished and therefore reflective surface. The most familiar type of mirror is the plane mirror, which has a flat surface. Curved mirrors are also used, to produce magnified or diminished images or focus light or simply distort the reflected image.
Look into any mirror ... Do you see a ghost? Or does a real ghost see you? Invisible and watching you from the other side in it's backwards world.
Many old mirrors thick and old and silver back stained are said to be haunted by the ghosts of those that died. their image forever frozen or trapped in the glass. Some recent stories on eBay tell of people selling their antique mirrors that were either bought or passed down the generations in their familes and said to be very haunted . It is said by some that if a ghost or lost soul wanders your home during the night, a mirror can capture it. An old New Orleans Voodoo way to capture a ghost was to put a large standing mirror in your bedroom door way. When the ghost thinking it is a door enters the mirror it is forever trapped in the rooms that were reflected in it when caught not the real rooms.
Mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming (in which case the old-fashioned term "looking-glass" can be used), decoration, and architecture. Mirrors are also used in scientific apparatus such as telescopes and lasers, cameras, and industrial machinery. Most mirrors are designed for visible light; however, mirrors designed for other types of waves or other wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation are also used, especially in optical instruments.
Annabelle: The Haunted Doll
In the 1970's a mother strolling along the street walked into a hobby store, and purchased a large Raggedy-Anne doll as a present for her daughter's birthday. Thus begins one of the most unusual cases of a possessed object on record. Annabelle's antics were so bad, she is now locked inside a protective glass case in an occult museum to keep her at bay.
In the 1970's, a mother strolling along the street walked into a hobby store, and purchased a large Raggedy-Anne doll as a present for her daughter's birthday. Recently moved away to college, living away from home wasn't easy and Donna loved the little doll. Every morning she placed AnnaBelle on her bed after making it. But Annabelle didn't stay in bed for very long.
This incident is a terrifying case investigated by famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970's. A priest had contacted Ed, and told him of two young nurses who were experiencing terrifying phenomenon in their home. Strange things were occurring to the point that they had contacted the church for help. The church referred the case to the Warrens, who immediately began investigating.
The disturbance began in the home when the girls discovered a piece of chocolate candy mysteriously left on the stereo in the living room. None of the tenants had bought chocolate, and they were perplexed as to how it had gotten there. Strange messages were found written in a child's handwriting scrawled on paper. Objects were often moved about the home, never being found where they had originally been left. It seemed as if somebody... or something was sharing the house with the frightened tenants. After a month of unusual occurrences the girls decided that they needed help. They investigated the history of the property, and also contacted a local medium. They discovered that before the apartments had been built on the land, a young girl named 'AnnaBelle' had died on the property. AnnaBelle used to love playing in the field... they were happy times for her, and her spirit had never left. The medium explained that little AnnaBelle's spirit was still there, and responsible for the occurrences in the Home. AnnaBelle asked if she could stay with them, by moving into the doll that Donna's mom had bought for her birthday. Not knowing what else to do, the girls said yes, and eventually even renamed the doll AnnaBelle.
The girls came to think of Annabelle as a harmless mascot of sorts, and often left her on the bed in the mornings, or perched on the sofa in the living room. Returning home from work, it seemed to them as if the doll had repositioned itself from where it had been left earlier. At first, they noticed that the arms and legs of the doll were in a different position. In time... AnnaBelle was changing rooms all by herself. The girls would come home at night to find AnnaBelle sitting in a chair by the front door, or kneeling on the floor. Other times, they would find AnnaBelle sitting on the sofa, even though she was left in Donna's room.
Things reached a fever pitch one night when loud noises were heard coming from the bedroom. Thinking someone may have broken in, they quietly tip-toed to the door. Entering the room, one of the tenants was physically attacked by an unseen entity and ran from the bedroom with slashes and cuts. Nothing out of the ordinary was found in the bedroom except for AnnaBelle... lying roughly tossed in one corner.
After hearing the girls incredible story, Ed and Lorraine Warren immediately contacted the church and invited a priest to come over for a blessing of the home. They realized that some sort of demonic energy was affecting the house, and particularly the doll itself. The blessing was performed and at Donna's request, the doll was removed from the house by the Warren's.
For the next three days, AnnaBelle sat in a small chair located by Ed Warren's desk. While working, he would observe the doll moving on several occasions. When the Warren's were away and had the doll locked up in an outer office building, they would often return home to find AnnaBelle sitting comfortably upstairs in Ed's easy chair. AnnaBelle would occasionally emit horrific growls in response to visiting clergyman.
Today, AnnaBelle remains locked in a glass case, and is on display at the Warren Occult museum. The only one of it's kind, the museum houses haunted artifacts and objects collected from over 50 years of paranormal investigations. It is still reported that while very week, AnnaBelle still manages to turn up in the strangest of places.
Probably the most famous haunted plaything ever, Robert is a doll that now resides – happily, they say - in The East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida
ROBERT THE DOLL
Within months after the arrival of the doll in the Otto household, strange things began to occur. Objects would go missing and turn up broken, Gene took to the unhealthy habit of sneaking out of his window and wandering the grounds at night, and his parents began to suspect him of all kinds of mischief. If he was caught in the act, Gene would always hold out Robert and say, “Robert did it!”
Although some dismissed the unusual events as the product of an overactive child, others close to the family began to whisper that somehow the doll was to blame.
As time went by, the Ottos grew older and each, in turn, died, leaving the adult Gene – and Robert – to live in the house. They spent several years there alone until Gene ultimately met and married a local socialite and took her home to live.
Many of you are already acquainted with Robert, the lifelong companion of painter Robert Eugene (called Gene) Otto, who received the three-foot-tall straw companion from his Bahamian nanny when he was just a small boy. The doll would be with him for the remainder of his life.
There are a number of stories about the nanny, obviously the pivotal figure in this doll drama. Many say that, although she dearly loved young Gene, she was mistreated and abused by his parents on a regular basis. Some versions of the tale have the nanny practicing the dark Voodoo arts and giving the doll to Robert out of revenge for her ill treatment, but there is nothing to support this being the case. Evidently, Gene received the doll, said to be a replica of him, as a gift of love. He promptly named it Robert.
To say that Robert stayed by Gene’s side is an understatement, for Gene was never without the little plaything. He even dressed it in his own clothes and spent hours on end playing in his nursery with only the doll as company. It is said that he was often heard talking to the doll and answering himself in an entirely different voice. Gene slept, ate and traveled with Robert by his side.
Soon the doll apparently became bolder. It no longer seemed to require Gene’s company to move about the house. In the still hours of the night, the servants would often wake to the sound of hollow, pattering footsteps. Too frightened to inspect the cause, they would usually cower in their beds until dawn. Weird humming and singing was heard to come from the nursery if Gene inadvertently left Robert there alone. None of the servants was eager to clean Gene’s rooms; nobody liked to turn their back on the doll.
From the moment The new Mre.s Otto arrived, the creepy doll disturbed the new Mrs. Otto and eventually she prevailed upon her husband to put it away. Robert was relegated to rooms in the attic, where he was to remain – mostly – for the rest of Gene Otto’s life.
“Mostly,” because, according to the stories, Robert often left the attic on his own. There are several accounts by the servants and Mrs. Otto herself of Robert being seen darting up and down the attic stairs. Mrs. Otto was often troubled by the sound of the doll’s dancing feet tapping the attic floor above her, and one time was alarmed to hear the doll’s voice singing in the old nursery. Upon entering, she found the doll sitting in one of Gene’s old rocking chairs. When she confronted her husband about taking the doll from the attic when it disturbed her so, she was met with the obtuse statement, “Robert did it!” yet again. When Mrs. Otto eventually preceded her husband in death, many wondered, “Did Robert do it?”
It was widely believed that the death of Gene Otto in 1972 would put an end to the ghostly activity of the haunted doll. It was quickly learned, however, that true evil never dies, and while the house stood empty reports of the awful doll still continued. Many people would hear the sound of singing coming from the house at night and on more than one occasion the gruesome doll is said to have frightened school children by peering out the window in the attic turret and making faces at them.
Eventually, a new family purchased the old house and Robert the Doll was discovered in his attic home and was promptly presented to the family’s youngest daughter, then aged 10, as a housewarming gift.
From the moment she received the doll the child was plagued by horrible nightmares. More than once, she claims, she awoke to find the doll sitting on her face, attempting, she believed, to suffocate her. It seemed that Robert intensely disliked being left behind by Gene and had no love for his new “owner.” It was also painfully obvious that he did not like little girls because he is blamed for having torn up and mutilated most of the young girl’s other dolls. When the family pet became mysteriously entwined in the cord of the nursery Venetian blinds, Robert was once again consigned to the attic.
When the family finally moved and the home was converted into the Artist’s House historic location as it stands today, Robert was donated to The East Martello Museum not far away. It quickly became evident, however, that Robert was still up to his old tricks.
Museum workers began to report strange activity after the arrival of the doll, including one volunteer who was terrorized when the doll apparently spent most of a day following her around. Eventually, the doll was encased in a plastic display case in which it remains to this day. Still, there are those who claim that even this cannot contain the evil doll and it is often blamed for numerous odd occurrences in and around the museum.
Once a year, in October, Robert the Doll (in his case) is taken to the Historic Custom House where he is placed on display. Some visitors comment about the seemingly odd practice of peppermints being placed in the display case along with the doll. They are usually fittingly creeped out by the explanation: Robert, it seems, loves peppermints, and placing some in his case will keep him from wanting to roam at night. Skeptics might scoff at this practice, but it is reported by museum and Custom House staff alike that each morning during his October visit there are empty peppermint wrappings littering the bottom of Robert’s display case…
Robert the Doll, still clad in one of Gene Otto’s sailor suits and clutching a small teddy bear, can be visited at The East Martello Museum and, in October, at the Historic Custom House in Key West, Florida. Also very much a fact Robert the doll is the size of a 5 yr old child.
While haunted doll stories are not uncommon, the case of The worlds most Haunted doll as many call him, or Robert the ghost haunted Doll of Key West, Florida, is unique in that so many claim to have witnessed his evil first-hand.
Visitors who have seen him claim to have witnessed his expression changing into a menacing smirk, once a plumber fled, claiming he heard the doll giggle.
One of Robert's favorite activities is to prevent his picture from being taken. Visitors have more then often openly reported a variety of camera malfunctions and Robert's favorite trick is to black out his own photo, while leaving the remaining film unharmed. He frequently creates electric and electronic fluctuations and has been said to move his toy lion from one knee to the other and to tap on his glass display case.
Please look at these Robert the Haunted Doll Photos and see what horrors you see.
THE HAUNTED GHOST MIRROR AT THE MYRTLES PLANTATION. Myrtles Plantation, deep in Louisiana's' legendary Voodoo country. This haunted B&B has the grand reputation of being the 'Most haunted home in the U.S.', and one of the 'Most haunted houses in the world'.
"MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL,
WHO IS THE MOST HAUNTED HOUSE OF THEM ALL?"
MYRTLES PLANTATION HAUNTED MIRROR
Many ghost photos have been taken at the Myrtles Plantation and many show ghostly images in this truly haunted mirror. It is not originally one of the pieces to the home it was bought in the 1970's from a antique shop in New Orleans. It is said to have originally come from France. This haunted mirror has displayed faces and apparitions and ghostly manifestations over the years. And made many a skeptic into a believer.
Several have claimed it is possessed by the lost souls of the very haunted Plantations original owners and dead slaves.
The Myrtles Plantation
You will see fine antiques and architectural treasures of the South and discover why The Myrtles has been called one of "America's Most Haunted Homes".
210-year-old National Register Home built by General David Bradford ..."Whiskey Dave".
Guided History and Mystery Tours offered daily.
Full Service Restaurant - Casual or Elegant Dining
11 Bed & Breakfast Rooms
*Wedding and Reception Facilities
Experience Antebellum Splendor in "One of America's Most Haunted Homes"
The Myrtles Plantation, circa 1796, invites you to step into the past to experience antebellum splendor. You will see fine antiques and architectural treasures of the South and discover why The Myrtles has been called one of "America's Most Haunted Homes".
The Myrtles has been featured in New York Times, Forbes, Gourmet, Veranda, Travel and Leisure, Country Inns, Colonial Homes, Delta SKY, and on the Oprah Show, A & E, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic Explorer, and GOOD MORNING AMERICA. It was also featured in The Haunting of Louisiana. and on the scif channels, Ghost Hunters investigation by TAPS members in 2005.
The Myrtles mirror is not original to the home no matter what you've heard or been told by tour guides or Ghost Hunters. The owners in the mid 1970-1980's wife purchased the haunted mirror from a New Orleans antiques dealer in the French Quarter. As the story was related by someone who Knew her at the time. " She was looking for unique period pieces to furnish the home." "The price of the mirror was right in her budget it looked very old and had a flaw in the glass." "The antique dealer told her he had sold the mirror twice already and it was returned each time being told that the mirror was haunted cursed etc.." How perfect it was she told everyone who knew her, that it came with it's very own ghost."
In many a ghost photo of the mirror which is on the main wall at the bottom of the main staircase faces appear, ecto shapes and many distorted almost tortured souls seem to appear in 5 out of 10 photographs taken.
Located in the Legendary Plantation Country on U.S. Highway 61, 30 miles North of Baton Rouge between New Orleans, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi.
The Screaming Skull of Higher Farm, Chilton Cantilo
The skull at Higher Farm is said to be that of Theophilus Broome, who died in 1670. Before he passed away he left instructions for his skull to be kept at the farmhouse, and attempts to remove it are said to have resulted in poltergeist activity. The haunting is well documented; a manuscript at the farm has written account from a number of people who attested to the phenomena resulting in the attempted interment of the grisly item.
The tale was committed to paper in 1791 by John Collinson in his History and Antiquities of Somerset, and the tomb of Theophilus can be found in St James's Church.
As a Ghost hunter I wanted to find as much information on the paranormal phenomena known as the screaming skulls. Some of them may still be found in the homes which they appear so unwilling to leave. But it must be admitted that there is not one single case of a "screaming skull" which has stood up to the examination of ghost-hunters as of yet. I have searched the internet as well as ready many great books on haunted screaming skulls and am wanting to share this information and seek out others who share my interest in them.
Since a child I have always had a fascination for relics and skulls the first thing I ever found in books was the story of the alleged skull of John the Baptist. "The skull of St. John the Baptist was originally in the possession of the Byzantine and fell into Ottoman hands after the conquest. His Skull certainly is not categorized as a screaming skull but this is what spurred me on my quest to find them.
Screaming skulls are usually placid and just sit there, since the families they afflicted quickly learned to respect their wishes -mainly that they be undisturbed within their chosen home which is what they consider their final resting place. Some Skulls are placed in cases others just collect dust on a shelf or make themselves comfortable as a book end or conversation piece.
Some screaming skulls are reported to be locked behind closed doors or sealed in walls. And many consider this for the protection of the living not the skull. Many who live with them say they protect them or even chase away unwanted guest or intruders.
This actual haunted chair resides in Aida, Oklahoma it reportedly moves on its own, and a cold chill is felt by everyone that sits in it. One recent story tells of this chair being haunted by the ghost of the man who originally owned it died sitting in it. So did my uncle and Grandfather, says Gail Steelman who now has it in her home. I can also tell you that others who have sat in it have gotten news the very day that they did of someone death to a great tragedy befalls them.
Many have tried to sit on the chair over the years but it soon starts shaking. Vibrating softly at first then noticeably faster until it starts shaking. Cold chills and hot sweats usually affect the sitter then a feeling of nausea.
"The chair was shaking all of a sudden and I was thrown out of the chair by some invisible force." Says Gail Steelman who inherited it from her mother."And this real haunted chair has been passed down in our family for many years."
Investigated by many paranormal researchers, and the curious over the years the first reports of it started in the 1960's. The chair has passed through the Steelman family relatives and has traveled from cousins to even a few ex-in-laws. The chair has been to more then just the 50 states, it has also been shipped abroad and through out Europe when an aunt moved to Scotland, then it was shipped back when she died sitting in it. Always staying within the families tight grasp.
"Grandma always told us that if the Haunted chair left the families soul possession then our line would end so no one including myself is willing "no pun intended" to give up the ghost!" "Several members of my family have died sitting in it, usually of natural causes." Says Steelman. "And from what she knows the chair will not let a family member sit in it until it is their time to die."
The Haunted Chair
The real haunted chair sits alone no one dares sit in it no matter how inviting it looks once they have heard it's story...
Cursed? Haunted? Who Knows who dare to find out the answer.
Gail Steelman who now has it in her home is afraid to part with it, she worries that it might hurt those that least expect it.
A recent story submitted to us relayed that a woman in Galveston, Texas bought a real haunted New Orleans Zombie Voodoo doll on ebay October of 2004, It arrived as described Bound and tied in a metal box. Believing it just to be a strange curio she decided to take it out it's small coffin and display it. "A Real Big Mistake" she says with great fear... the haunted doll attacked her, repeatedly. Afraid for her life she put it back in it;s decorated box casket but it haunted her in her dreams. Afraid to the point of mental exhaustion she tried to destroy it by burning it first, it would not burn. Then cutting it up the Knife and scissors broke and finally burying it at a cemetery. But as she tells the dolls grave was just to shallow and it appeared lying dirty on her front door step once more. She said she even resold it on ebay and the buyer wrote her that the doll had just disappeared from her home, so she sent it back to her when she found it on her door step again. The third time the buyer told her the box arrived empty. Again the evil doll was found at her door once more. True or not this story could very well happen to you! So what do you do with a real haunted doll when you can't get rid of it?
The Original Ebay sellers ad said that this Haunted Zombie doll was very active and almost alive. It went on to say that the new owner had to follow the rules of keeping it hidden away and never to open the silver box it was locked in even to view it. She of course though all this to untrue to be believed. And as a beginner ghost hunter she thought this would be a great piece to investigate even if it was not really haunted. But to her surprise it was possessed by a ghosts, she tells. The above photo was taken in 2004, right when she had first received the doll through the mail. She had planned to investigate it and write of it's paranormal activities for a book she intended to write about sending ghosts through the mail.
VOODOO HOODOO CURIOS
The Monkey and The Cock is said to grant to it's Lucky owner three significant wishes over a three year period. Passed virtually unchanged in form, generation to generation, comes this strange,"Monkey and Cock" curio statue as Voodoo dolls are associated with New Orleans Voodoo "Good Luck Magic" only.
This sacred Monkey and Cock mystic curio is deeply rooted in Yoruba mythology from the African continent.
Monkey and Cock Voodoo curio
Bianca The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans sells this rare Monkey and Cock Voodoo curio "Exclusively" in our oddities section purchase yours today see if the legend is true!
The Monkey and The Cock is a very Rare New Orleans Voodoo Curio
EACH measures 3 inches tall
The hand carved detail is performed during a ritual at the new moon it is blessed and painted. No two are alike.
Ritually prepared and made of Plaster, hand carved, personally by Bianca The voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Each may differ slightly in appearance. All are one of a kind.
From the realm of the dark well kept New Orleans Voodoo secrets...
The Sacred Monkey and Cock
Often found at the tomb of Marie Laveau in New Orleans these statues are often said to be possessed by spirits of the dearly departed ready to grant yo three wishes so they can move on to the next world. One belief is that a spirit attaches itself to the voodoo curio and does their good deeds ... then another spirit in waiting does the same. Such is the actual belief in it's powers or as it was first told in the 1800's.
Passed virtually unchanged in form, generation to generation, comes this strange,"Monkey and Cock" Haunted New Orleans Voodoo curio statue. It is associated with Marie Laveau's personal Zombi Brand of New Orleans Voodoo magic only. This sacred mystic curio is deeply rooted in Yoruba mythology from the African continent.
The Monkey and Cock have long histories of bringing luck and abundance into the lives of those believers who revere their magical images on altars or in homes. Possession of the dual images entwined in the "Dance of Jubilee" is said to grant three significant wishes over a three year period to it's lucky owner. After the wishes have been granted, those in possession of the Monkey and Cock ritually "abandon" their fortuitous friends at a crossroads or grave site where others may find and adopt them. For the new owner, the cycle of luck begins anew.
Some statues are made of stone, some of wood ,wax, clay. I have found one made of Soap. All the majority or of plaster. I have even seen them carved from sandstone, but all are similarly styled and are carved from a single piece medium. They must be carved and blessed in a very involved Voodoo ritual. Examples similar to the ones shown here have been dated back to the port city of New Orleans circa the mid- to late-1800's.
The Gold Sacred Monkey and Cock
Other talismans are designed to bring increase to the bearer, and there are several popular talismanic devices of this sort. Probably the most famous and most sought after luck talisman of the New Orleans hoodoo voodoo tradition is the Golden Monkey and Cock Curio Statue.
The gold Sacred Monkey and Cock Statue is said to grant wishes for the lifetime of the owner. It has been the experience of those who keep the gold Monkey and Cock statues that wishes are granted, on average, once each year, though there have been occasions where several wishes at a time have been fulfilled.
Unlike their common counterpart, the gold Monkey and Cock Statue is generally quite rare and those who have them in their possession usually do not relinquish them. Unlike mojos or gris-gris prepared for a particular individual, the Sacred Golden Monkey and Cock Statue can be passed down through generations and usually is.
Spirit bottles and spells have been preserved in many cultures and traditions, but most of what we know about them comes to us from the practice of the hoodoo rootworkers and conjurers who plied their trade years ago throughout the rural South and parts of the American heartland.
Most of the hoodoo man’s “prescriptions” for repelling evil involved the use of visual objects of one kind or another. It was not uncommon to find rocks, wire fencing and even old tires arranged in specific designs meant to serve the dual purpose of attracting fortune and keeping bad luck and evil away.
The most intriguing of these hoodoo artifacts are now rarely seen though they were once a staple part of the Southern landscape: this is the spirit bottle tree.
The belief in and use of spirit bottles can be traced back to 9th and 10th century Congo where colorful bottles, traditionally cobalt blue, were placed on the ends of tree branches to catch the sunlight. It was thought that when an evil spirit sees the sunshine dazzling from the beautiful bottles, it is enamored and enters the bottle. Like a fly, the spirit then becomes trapped within the bottle; too dazzled by the play of light, the spirit prefers to remain in its colorful prison, rather than trouble the world of the living.
New Orleans own Zombie Spirit bottles also had negative connotations among certain rural populations where many feared being trapped by in a bottle by the hoodoo man to be perpetually under his command; bottles such as these were a fearful discovery on many doorsteps, including many a porch stoop in old New Orleans.
Here, the multiple traditions of the spirit bottles combined in a unique expression of local beliefs and practices. Marie Laveau often distributed her potions and cures in magically charged bottles; only a few genuine examples of her Zombie spirit bottles are extant today and are extremely expensive collectibles. More common are the homemade bottles of Marie Laveau’s devotees and of the local Cajun traiteurs: it is not uncommon to find these antique examples of local vodoun culture hidden with other significant objects under floorboards or behind bricks in many of the old Creole cottages in and around New Orleans.
Today, the spirit, zombie and spell bottle traditions are being kept alive by the descendants of the original practitioners of the vodoun culture in New Orleans, many of whom learned the art of making and charging the powerful bottles from relatives who were contemporaries of the great New Orleans Voodoo Queens. Plain, painted, decorated with elaborate voodoo doll heads and arms or with simple feathers and strings, all are equally as potent and should be handled with care. But if treated correctly, these unique voodoo artifacts will become treasured possessions of any collector.
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One New Orleans artist Ricardo Pustanio particularly known for his unusual sacred constructions of voodoo Zombie bottle dolls and voodoo doll wedding dolls. His Lavish creations are highly sought after and extremely the best New Orleans collectable to own.
FROM THE PAINTINGS OF THE GREAT MASTERS TO THE CONTEMPORARY ARTISIT TODAY PAINTINGS ARE OFTEN THE SUBJECT OF THE TOPIC WHEN IT COMES TO GHOSTS.
Can inanimate objects such as paintings be haunted? Strange images appear in haunted paintings, and at other times it is just the feeling that it imparts in us. Some are haunted great works of art, others by something in a painting that bothers them. Can contemporary and those of the old masters be actually haunted? Are is it just imagined?
Many know very well that when an artist has passed on the value of their work increases. Is it because the artwork carries a piece of their soul?
The artist is Bill Stoneham, the haunted painting title is "Hands Resist Him".
Bill tells often tells how he painted Hands Resist Him in 1972, the boy in the picture being himself, the hands being other lives, the windows/door being a thin veil between waking and dreaming with the small doll like girl being the guide through.
Bill does not know how his painting ended up abandoned as described by the Ebay.com seller, but he does know a gallery owner where the painting was originally displayed and sold at, and a Los Angeles Times critic, who reviewed the show, were both dead within one year of the painting being shown.
The Hands Resist Him, better known by the nickname of the eBay Haunted Painting, is a painting by Bill Stoneham which became popular through the internet. In February of 2000, a seller on eBay claimed that the painting was haunted (or cursed). They claimed that the painted characters tended to move at night, occasionally even leaving the painting and entering the room it was displayed in. A disclaimer was added releasing the seller from all liability if the painting was purchased. The painting received 30 bids and sold for $1,025.00
LALAURIE HAUNTED PAINTING
Delphine Lalaurie Haunted Portrait, (2003) Oil Painting by New Orleans Mardi Gras Artist Ricardo Pustanio.
This commissioned painting of the infamous Madame Delphine Lalaurie was done in 1997 by Mardi Gras Parade artist Ricardo Pustanio. Nothing strange about it in it's creation or reasons for being painted." At the time I used what ever image of her I could fine to do the work from," said Pustanio.
To say this painting of Lalaurie is haunted is wrong, the actual painting is more like being haunted by unseen hands haunting it. The resident of the apartment use to invite friends over all the time. And would show off his prized work of art. Over time people actually believed it was an original to the house. For Pustanio had antiqued it for his client per their request. The resident began to hold seances for his friends and even tourist and paranormal investigators who always are trying to get a glimpse inside the haunted mansion. To their astonishment the painting would actually rock on the wall and even fall loose from the wall hitting the floor with a great thud.
In time the resident began to get very frightened because things began happening that just unnerved him. He ended up moving out and giving the painting to another tenant. She in turn hung it in her apartment and immediately was spooked by strange sounds and occurrences that started happening that very day.
1890S OLD. BED MEASURES 72 X 81 OUTSIDE THE RAILS AND 64 X 76 INSIDE. HEADBOARD IS 62 TALL AND THE FOOT IS 39 TALL. HAND CARVED FROM ONE PIECE OF WOOD, AND IT'S REPOTED AS BEING VERY HAUNTED!
This very haunted bed is said to rock shake rattle and even emit strange sounds. the present owners Ryan and Lynn Marmillion say they bought it because they fell in love with it... little did they know it was haunted. " You think of antiques beds as a thing of beauty and generations of peaceful sleep"' says Ryan. " you never realize that allot of things go on in beds that can make them become haunted"!
The actual haunted bed was to be my wives and I's but since it's many., many ghost have made themselves known we have relocated it to our guest room.
The haunted bed: Would you, could you rest your head or get 20 winks on this reported antique haunted bed?
Pygmalion and Galatea (1890) by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)
The story has been the subject of notable paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Honoré Daumier, Edward Burne-Jones (four major works from 1868-1870, then again in larger versions from 1875-1878), Auguste Rodin, Ernest Normand, Paul Delvaux, Francisco Goya, Francois Boucher, and Thomas Rowlandson, among others. There have also been numerous sculptures of the 'awakening'. It was the subject of Gaetano Donizetti's first opera, Il Pigmalione.
How might a soul a ghost or a living personality enter an inanimate object one might guess or have to ask. Residual Haunting? Possession? Black Magic or a curse? The actual possibilities are truly endless. But as we all know through the imagination anything is possible. Whether in writing, feature films, song or artistic creations these many stories have been told and retold for generations.
It's all in the believing, the making of what we imagine to be real and how it affects us. Through our lives we feel we breath we live and have secrets that we tell only to our selves or to the inanimate world around us.
Does it it listen? Some truly think it does. Artist tend to believe that we see what they see, or at least the hope someone will. They want their creations to be accepted and loved and cherished as much as what they have put into them in creating them. The hardest thing is for an artist to give away themselves.
When an artist create with great care and talent how can they let go of something that means so much to them... all artist tend to fall or be in love with their art. But how do you really let the art go? Any piece that at is painted, chiseled from stone or wood or clay, sewn or glued made by hand that is so dually prized and filled with secret dreams and personal desires and life felt aspirations, be sent out into the world alone and cherished as much as the creator of it did.
Toys do come to life don't they?
Perhaps no childhood companion is more familiar or more revered than the Teddy Bear. Friend, companion, confidante, protector, playmate – these are just some of the roles the loyal, loving Teddy Bear has assumed over the years. Since its introduction to the world in the early 1900’s, the Teddy Bear – named after American President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt – has been the indisputable image of a happy childhood.
But is it possible that the beneficent Teddy Bear, like many other childhood toys, has a darker side, less often seen, but once experienced, impossible to forget? Is it within the realm of reason that the fuzzy friends of our childhood, living and sharing every moment with their adopted children, might take on a life all their own once the innocence of youth has worn away? Can it be possible that the beloved Teddy Bear is actually the most haunted (and haunting!) toy of all time?
Some believe that any inanimate object such as a book can become haunted and or cursed! Just by having such an item in your home library or possession can spark paranormal occurrences. Whether it is possessed or just the vehicle of a enraged ghost or poltergeist the haunted book is still part of our popular culture. Though you can't find them on the internet or ebay as of yet these rare haunted volumes still scare the hell out out of people, and not because of the stories that lay within.
Many believe bibles, missals and blessed books often have supernatural powers, such as casting out demons and holding the devil at bay.
Before dismissing the claims as patently absurd it might be well to keep in mind the experiences of yet another National Guard unit at a Baton Rouge area marina after hurricane Katrina. According to a report, boats were tossed about like toys and there was’t a shred of trash or paper around except for a single Bible that was found nearby, open to the Book of Revelation.
Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, at a nearby church that was almost completely destroyed by the force of Hurricane Katrina another Bible was found, open to the exact same passages in Revelation.
The passages in question are Chapters 10 and 11 that make reference to the “witnesses of God” who will be destroyed:
“. . . And their dead bodies will lay in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom . . . Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another…”
Of course, the detractors and, in this case at least, even the guardsmen did’t completely read the Bible passage they so quickly held up as an epitaph for drowned New Orleans. Had they done so they might have found a more hopeful message:
“Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them ‘Come up here.’ And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them . . . and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Ghost they are common in scripture, if you look for them mentioned within the bible. One of the first verses that most are aware of is in I Samuel 28:15, where Saul has a medium, "call up" the prophet Samuel from the other side of the grave:
"And Samuel aitch to Saul, Why hast thou troubled me, to bring me up?"
Many say in the hills of the Appalachians that family bibles are haunted by their previous owners and should be buried with them not kept and passed on.
10. RELIGIOUS ITEMS
PORT BLAIR, India Thousands of people are flocking to a policeman's house in India's remote Andaman Islands to pray in front of two portraits of Jesus Christ, which are said to have been "bleeding" for the past two weeks, police and witnesses said.
HAUNTED HOLY WORKS OF ART HAUNTED HOLY PRINTS, POSTER AND STATUES
Some religious prints, Posters an statues are haunted by the realism or the depth of the creative artist ability. Still others they say are are possessed by the souls of the artist even though they are a copy of an original. Are the strange bleeding statues a miracle a sign of God or a haunting? It is almost Easter and every year stories of these stigmatized works of art hit the news rallying the faithful.
3. The Ghede- these evil playful and strange spirits make their appearance at midnight. Yes these voodoo Evil Spirits are some of the nastiest their are. Hoodoo is a form of predominantly African-American traditional folk magic in New Orleans. Also known as conjure, it is a tradition of magical practice that developed from the syncretism of a number of separate cultures and magical traditions. The City of New Orleans is alive with the sounds of Voodoo- Hoodoo Drums this night. so is Miami, Galveston and New York.
New Orleans Hoodoo incorporates practices from African and Native American traditions, as well as some European magical practices and grimoires. While folk practices like hoodoo are trans-cultural phenomena, what is particularly innovative in this tradition is the "remarkably efficacious use of biblical figures" in its practices and in the lives of its practitioners. Also the Most Famous gate to Hell appears. The Gates Of Guinea. This passage is the door that leads straight to hell.
Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee
The Secret Portal To The Afterworld Voodoo Hoodoo Hell
The Gates of Hell (French: ''La Porte de l'Enfer'')
New Orleans Voodoosant celebrate Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Carnival or Mardi Gras, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day on the days that are traditionally celebrated in other parts of the world. Flag and University Day is the most celebrated national holiday and is held on May 18. Other important holidays are Ancestors Day (January 2), Twelfth Night Day (January 6), St. Johns Eve (June 23) the Anniversary of Dessalines' (1) Death (October 17), and Discovery of Haiti Day (December 5). And the entire Month Of August! All these are important times when it is said the Seven Voodoo gates to hell are wide open and should not be sought out.
Some in New Orleans say there is only one gate others say seven and still others say nine.
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In Haitian and New Orleans Hoodoo Voodoo,(sometimes spelled Vodou), the Guédé (also spelled Gede or Ghede, pronounced [gede - Gay-day or Ged ay] in Haitian) are the family of spirits that embody the powers of death and fertility. Guédé spirits include Ghede Masaka, Guédé Nibo, Guédé Plumaj, Guédé Ti Malis, and Guédé Zaranye. All are known for the drum rhythm and dance called the "banda". In possession, they will drink or rub themselves with a mixture of raw rum or clairin and twenty-one habanero or goat peppers. In new Orleans they sometimes or fond of large cigars and pigs knuckle.
Ghede Nibo is a psychopomp, an intermediary between the living and the dead. He gives voice to the dead spirits that have not been reclaimed from "below the waters". His watery gate to hell is said to be located on the Bayou St. John near Orleans Ave.
Ghede Masaka assists Ghede Nibo. He is an androgynous male or trans gendered gravedigger and spirit of the dead, recognized by his black shirt, white jacket, and white head scarf. He is said to haunt St. Louis Cemetery number 1. His son Masaka is said to protect Cemetery of Odd Fellows Rest.
Ghede Masaka carries a bag containing poisonous leaves, dead cats, zombie fingers and toes that still wiggle and an umbilical cord from the Devil baby. Ghede Masaka is sometimes depicted as the companion of Ghede Oussou. Both are bisexual. Ghede Oussou is sometimes also linked with the female Ghede L'Oraille. Ghede Oussou wears a black or mauve jacket marked on the back with a white cross and a black or mauve headscarf. His name means "tipsy" due to his love of white rum. He is said to be seen each year dancing in the cemetery where the Gate of Guiennea is to appear.
Papa Ghede is supposed to be the corpse of the first man who ever died. He is recognized as a short, dark man with a high hat on his head, a large thick black cigar in his mouth, and an apple in his left hand. Papa Ghede is a psychopomp who waits at the crossroads to take souls into the afterlife.
Baron Samedi (Baron Saturday, also Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, or Bawon Sanmdi) is one of the loa of Haitian Vodou. Samedi is a loa of the dead, along with Baron's numerous other incarnations Baron Cimetière, Baron La Croix, and Baron Kriminel. He is usually depicted with a white top hat, black tuxedo, dark glasses, and cotton plugs in the nostrils, as if to resemble a corpse dressed and prepared for burial in the Haitian style. He has a white, frequently skull-like face (or actually has a skull for a face) and speaks in a nasal voice. He is the head of the Guédé family of Loa, or an aspect of them, or possibly their spiritual father. His wife is the loa Maman Brigitte. 'Samedi' means 'Saturday' in French, though there are alternate etymologies offered.
Baron Samedi stands at the crossroads on halloween night, where the souls of dead humans pass on their way to the gate Guinee. He is a sexual loa, frequently represented by phallic symbols and he noted for disruption, obscenity, debauchery, and having a particular fondness for tobacco and rum. Additionally, he is the loa of sex and resurrection, and in the latter capacity he is often called upon for healing by those near or approaching death, as it is only Baron who can accept an individual into the realm of the dead. He is considered a wise judge, and a powerful magician.
Voodoo deities, or loas, are among the most feared divine beings in the world. Wild, short-tempered and immensely powerful, these spirits demand to be served by human kind. Those who obey are granted wishes and good health, but those who do not can meet a terrifying fate at the hands of their gods. Baron Samedi is the most famous, and most frightening, of these spirits. A huge skeleton dressed in a dark coat or cape with a top hat and spade, the Baron is the infamous master of the dead who escorts their souls from the graveyard to the underworld. But the Baron does not concern himself with corpses - he can enter the realm of the living and force people to do his terrible bidding.
Baron Samedi spends most of his time in the invisible realm of voodoo spirits. He is notorious for his outrageous behavior, swearing continuously and making filthy jokes to the other spirits. He is married to another powerful spirit known as Mama Brigitte, but often chases after mortal women. He loves smoking and drinking and is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth or a glass of rum in his bony fingers. Baron Samedi can usually be found at the crossroad between the worlds of the living and the dead. When someone dies he digs their grave and greets their soul after they have been buried, leading them to the underworld. He also ensures all corpses rot in the ground to stop any soul being brought back as a brainless zombie. The Baron has a legion of spirits under his control. These lesser spirits, all dressed like the Baron and all are as rude and crude as their master. They help carry the dead to the underworld.
As well as being master of the dead, he is also a giver of life. He can cure any mortal of any disease or wound, if he thinks it is worthwhile. His powers are especially great when it comes to voodoo curses and black magic. Even if somebody has been inflicted by a hex which brings them to the verge of death, they will not die if the Baron refuses to dig their grave. So long as this mighty spirit keeps them out of the ground they are safe. What he demands in return depends on his mood. Sometimes he is content with his followers wearing black, white or purple clothes or using sacred objects; he may simply ask for a small gift of cigars, rum, black coffee, grilled peanuts or bread. But sometimes the Baron asks for a voodoo ceremony to help him cross over into this world - a high-risk time for anyone wanting his help. Baron Samedi is one of the few Voodoo spirits that can cross from the realm of the dead to the realm of the living without a ritual - but as it is a draining process he rarely does. If he is in a good mood he may grant his followers everlasting life, but if he is in a bad mood he may dig their graves too soon and bury them alive or bring them back as a mindless zombie.
PAPA LEGBA is considered the good counterpart to Baron Samedi. If a child is dying, Papa Ghede is prayed to. It is believed that he will not take a life before its time, and that he will protect the little ones. Papa Ghede has a very crass sense of humor, a divine ability to read others' minds, and the ability to know everything that happens in the worlds of the living and the dead. Ghede Bábáco is supposedly Papa Ghede's less known brother and is also a psychopomp. His role is somewhat similar to that of Papa Ghede, but he doesn't have the special abilities of his brother.
The Guédé are closely associated with the loa Baron, whose aspects are Baron Samedi, Baron La Croix and Baron Cimetière. Depending on the tradition followed, Baron is:
* one of the Guédé
* their spiritual protector, who has raised them from the dead with the help of Baron Samedi's woman, Maman Brigitte
* or an aspect of the Guédé
In any of these configurations, Baron, Maman Brigitte, and the Guédé rule death, the cemetery and the grave.
4. The Zombie King - Known as the Grande Zombie King of New Orleans. He is said to be the zombified body of Dr. John. Others say it is Marie Laveaus Zombified Husband. Still Others say it is the Zombie walking corpse of Jean Laffitte.
On Hallows’ eve, the New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo's would place a skeleton on their window sill in front of a burning candle and a voodoo doll and a plate of red beans and rice on their door steps to feed and ward the departed.
November 2, All Soul's Day, commonly called Fet Gede (pronounced GAY-day), New Orleans' Catholics attend mass in the morning and then go to the cemetery, where they pray at family grave sites and make repairs to family tombs. The majority of New Orleans Catholics are also said to be Vodouisants, and vice versa, so on the way to the cemetery many people change clothes from the white they wore to church, to the purple and black of the lwa Gede, the spirits of the departed ancestors.
The Feast of the Ancestors, Fet Ghede, is considered the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, much as in the European Wiccan tradition. Any debts to Baron, Maman Brigitte, or Ghede must be paid at this time. Baron Kriminel sings to his debtors:
Bawon Kriminel, map travay pou ve de te yo, m pa bezwenn lajan (repeat),
Bawon Kriminel, O! Lane a bout o, map paret tan yo.
Baron Criminel, I'm working for the worms of the earth (lowly, poor people),
I don't need money (repeat),
Baron Criminel, oh! The year has ended, oh, I'll appear, to wait for them (to pay me).
In New Orleans the people light candles and and place offerings to Gede' and the dead on winged boats shaped like a coffin lid called mariposas (Spanish for "butterfly"), to honor and celebrate the lives of the dead. Ghede is able to help with grief, and there are many grieving here and throughout the Diaspora that is post-Katrina New Orleans. Gede will also lead the Beloved Dead across the black waters of the Abyss where they can rest, and their loved ones can heal.
Originating in Europe, these types of halloween lanterns were first carved from a turnip or rutabaga. Believing that the head was the most powerful part of the body, containing the spirit and the knowledge, the Celts used the "head" of the vegetable to frighten off any superstitions. Welsh, Irish and British myth are full of legends of the Brazen Head, which may be a folk memory of the widespread ancient Celtic practice of headhunting - the results of which were often nailed to a door lintel or brought to the fireside to speak their wisdom. The name jack-o'-lantern can be traced back to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a greedy, gambling, hard-drinking old farmer. He tricked the devil into climbing a tree and trapped him by carving a cross into the tree trunk. In revenge, the devil placed a curse on Jack, condemning him to forever wander the earth at night with the only light he had: a candle inside of a hollowed turnip. The carving of pumpkins is associated with Halloween in North America, where pumpkins were not only readily available but much larger, making them easier to carve than turnips. Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their doorstep after dark. In America, the tradition of carving pumpkins is known to have preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration. The carved pumpkin was originally associated with harvest time in general, in America and did not become specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.
The imagery surrounding Halloween is largely an amalgamation of the Halloween season itself, works of Gothic and horror literature, nearly a century of work from American filmmakers and graphic artists, and a rather commercialized take on the dark and mysterious. Halloween imagery tends to involve death, evil, the occult, magic, or mythical monsters. Traditional characters include the Devil, Banshee, Grunch, Chupacabra, Bigfoot, the Grim Reaper, ghosts, ghouls, demons, witches, pumpkin-men, Dark Darkling's, goblins, vampires, werewolves, zombies, mummies, skeletons, black cats, spiders, bats, owls, crows, and vultures.
Particularly in America, symbolism is inspired by classic horror films (which contain fictional figures like Frankenstein's monster and The Mummy). Elements of the autumn season, such as pumpkins, corn husks, and scarecrows, are also prevalent. Homes are often decorated with these types of symbols around Halloween.
The two main colors associated with Halloween are orange and black.
Haunted attractions are entertainment venues designed to thrill and scare patrons; most are seasonal Halloween businesses. Origins of these paid scare venues are difficult to pinpoint, but it is generally accepted that they were first commonly used by the many communities in America for fundraising. They include haunted houses, corn mazes, and hay rides, and the level of sophistication of the effects has risen as the industry has grown. Haunted attractions in the United States bring in an estimate $300–500 million each year, and draw some 500,000 customers, although trends suggest a peak in 2008 . This increase in interest has led to more highly technical special effects and costuming that is comparable with that in Hollywood films.
5. The Dark Darkling's - I have heard many things in my life and probably you have also. Strange sounds like crashes in the attic, to sound of plates and dishes crashing in the darkness. But in my extensive search through out my home that night and the next day nothing is found damaged or destroyed.
Was it a Darkling come to call?
I often think it's a small earth quake rattling the dishes in the closet. We cannot predict earthquakes in the sense of being able to tell exactly where, exactly when and how big. Even a tiny one that we can't feel will vibrate or knock something over. When it happens too many blame it on a real ghost not understanding that the earth moved.
Movement disorders are complex phenomena that frequently create confusion among mental health clinicians working in the field of dual diagnosis. Some of the confusion arises from uncertainty about whether movements are voluntary or involuntary. Because abnormal movements are exacerbated by stress or other anxiety provoking situations, wax and wane in severity and are associated with other disruptive behaviors, they are frequently confused with other repetitive behaviors as well as primary psychiatric disorders. This first segment of a series of Ask the Doctor provides a basic overview of the neuropsychiatry and behavioral pharmacology of abnormal movements.
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I tell myself after I read things like that. Hey, that could be the truth, but what if it was really a ghost? Or something actually worse?
Like, the ...DARK!
We fear the dark because we never know what lurks in the blackness. The fear of the dark is a common fear among children and to a varying degree is observed for adults. The pathological fear of the dark is sometimes called nyctophobia (from Greek νυξ, "night" and φοβια, phobia), scotophobia, from σκότος - "darkness", or lygophobia, from λυγή - "twilight". Read more here now!
6. A Very Real Paranormal Experiment: CALLING UP THE LIVE SPIRIT OF LISA LEE HARP WAUGH!
This to date is the in 2008 was the first public experiment of it's kind in the world. And it was deemed by many as a great success.
Many individuals actually photographed her witnessed her apparition or actually communicated with her directly for a few moments.
Waugh has been in contact with several paranormal groups, mediums and psychics around the world who will be trying to channel her live ghost to make an appearance. The Paranormal Seance of the year is being toted as the most challenging paranormal activity to date. Commonly in the astral projection experience, the experiment describes themselves as being in a domain which often has no parallel to any physical setting, although they say they can visit different times and/or physical settings at will.
Waugh who calls up ghosts spirits and demonic forces to question is doing this to see if it is at all even possible to accomplish. Proficient in putting herself into a astral trance she hopes to pop into the thousand or more Seance's to see if it can be done!
Similar concepts of "soul" travel appear in various other religious traditions, for example ancient Egyptian teachings present the soul as having the ability to hover outside the physical body in the ka, or subtle body. A common belief is that the subtle body is attached to the physical body by means of a psychic silver cord.
The idea of the astral figured prominently in the work of the ninteteenth-century French occultist Eliphas Levi, whence it was adopted by Theosophy and Golden Dawn magical society. The Theosophists also took note of similar ideas (Lin'ga S'ari-ra) found in ancient Hindu scriptures such as the YogaVashishta-Maharamayana of Valmiki. Learn more here to participate.
7. Harry Houdini Yearly séances
Bess Houdini held yearly séances on Halloween for ten years after Houdini's death, but Houdini never appeared. In 1936, after a last unsuccessful séance on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel, she put out the candle that she had kept burning beside a photograph of Houdini since his death, later saying in 1943 that "ten years is long enough to wait for any man." The tradition of holding a séance for Houdini continues by magicians throughout the world to this day; the Official Houdini Seance is currently organized by Sidney Hollis Radner, a Houdini aficionado from upstate New York. The yearly Houdini Seances are also done at the Houdini Museum in Scranton by magician Dorothy Dietrich who previously held them at New York's famous Magic Towne House with such magical notables as Houdini biographers Walter B. Gibson and Milbourne Christopher.
Houdini Seance Harry Houdini died of peritonitis secondary to a ruptured appendix. It has been speculated that Houdini was killed accidentally by a McGill University student, J. Gordon Whitehead, who delivered multiple blows to Houdini's abdomen (with permission) while he was in Montreal. These repetitive blows are thought to have been a stunt, in which Houdini displayed his dexterity.
The eyewitnesses were students named Jacques Price and Sam Smilovitz (sometimes called Jack Price and Sam Smiley). Their accounts generally agreed. The following is Price's description of events:
'Houdini was reclining on his couch after his performance, having an art student sketch him. When Whitehead came in and asked if it was true that Houdini could take any blow to the stomach, Houdini replied groggily in the affirmative. In this instance, he was hit three times, before Houdini could tighten up his stomach muscles, to avoid serious injury. Whitehead reportedly continued hitting Houdini several times afterwards, and Houdini acted as though he were in some pain.'
Houdini stated that if he had time to prepare himself properly, he would have been in a better position to take the blows.
Houdini had apparently been suffering from appendicitis for several days prior and yet refused medical treatment. His appendix would most likely have burst on its own without the trauma. Although in serious pain, Houdini none-the-less continued to travel, without seeking medical attention.
When Houdini arrived at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan, on October 24, 1926, for what would be his last performance, he had a fever of 40°C (104 degrees F). Despite a diagnosis of acute appendicitis, Houdini took the stage. He was reported to have passed out during the show, but was revived and continued. Afterwards, he was hospitalized at Detroit's Grace Hospital. Houdini died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix at 1:26 p.m. in Room 401 on October 31 (Halloween), 1926, at the age of 52.
8. Stull is an unincorporated town in Douglas County, Kansas, United States located 10 miles west of Lawrence and 13 miles east of Topeka. The cemetery located in Stull has gained an amount of dubious recognition due to various urban legends referring to the Devil, the occult, and as being a supposed gateway to Hell. The old Evangelical Church, built in 1867, was torn down in March 2002. Local police have discouraged curiosity seekers from entering the cemetery, especially on Halloween, and some people have been arrested for trespassing there.
Urge Overkill released "Stull EP" in 1992 which features the church and a tombstone from the cemetery on the cover.
Stull Cemetery - Haunted Kansas
It's infamous nicknames are The Seven Lost Gates of Hell, The Cemetery of The Damned, Satan's Burial Ground and most notably The Seventh Gate to Hell. Stull cemetery is often said to be where Satan the Devil himself holds court with his lost worshippers.
The devil's only half human haunted child is reported to be buried here in Haunted Kansas. They say he appears as a 9 -11 year old boy, he was believed to be able to turn himself into a dog, a cat or a wolf. Basically a werewolf or just plain shape shifter. Many stories say he was born covered with long red hair and a full set of two rows of double teeth. His story is sad. He was an out cast chained under the house, and thrown scraps of food like a wild animal, since he was an infant.
One day when he was about 10 years old he chewed off his left hand and escaped and tore through the town killing someone who he met. He was finally killed after a 11 month killing spree by a lone farmer.
Ghost stories state he was a hermaphrodite. At the spring and autumn equinoxes evil forces, orbs and lights are suppose to materialize in this Haunted Cemetery near or over his grave, which is unmarked.
And don't forget that of Witch a awful lady ghost who is said to curse at you for stepping on her grave. She is said to appear as a tall lady with white hair. EVP's of her can be heard to say "Keep Away From My Bones." and " Watch Your step." They say she hated her last husband who is buried next to her and often the soil seems pushed up where he is buried. Many say she is trying to get him to move elsewhere.
Stull Cemetery, and the abandoned church that rests next to it, is located in the tiny, Kansas town of Stull. There is not much left of the tiny village, save for a few houses, the newer church and about twenty residents. However, the population of the place allegedly contains a number of residents that are from beyond this world!
In addition to its human inhabitants, the town is also home to a number of Haunted legends and strange tales that are linked to the crumbling old church and the overgrown cemetery that can be found atop Stull’s Emmanuel Hill.
These stories have been linked to Stull for more than 100 years. In November 1974, an article appeared in the University of Kansas student newspaper that spoke of a number of strange occurrences in the Stull churchyard. According to the article, Stull was “haunted by diabolical, supernatural happenings” and the asserted that the cemetery was one of the two places on earth where the devil appears in person two times each year.
But such stories have a strong hold on people, as evidenced by the reaction to the article that claimed that the devil would appear in Stull Cemetery on the night of the Spring Equinox and again on Halloween. On March 20, 1978, more than 150 people waited in the cemetery for the arrival of the devil. The word also spread that the spirits of those who died violent deaths, and were buried there, would return from the grave.
The legends also say that the Devil has been appearing here since the 1850’s and insist that the original name of the town was “Skull” and that the later corruption of that into “Stull” was simply to cover the fact that the area was steeped in black magic. It was said that the witchcraft-practicing early settlers were so repentant about their past deeds that they changed the name of the town. In truth, the town was called “Deer Creek Community” until 1899, when the last name of the first postmaster, Sylvester Stull, was adopted as the name of the village. The post office closed down in 1903, but the name stuck.
In 1980, an article appeared in the Kansas City Times, rumors about Stull Cemetery and the abandoned church. The article states that the Devil chose two places to appear on Earth every Halloween. One of them was the “tumbleweed hamlet” of Stull, Kansas, which occurs simultaneously at midnight, is someplace on the “desolate plain of India.” From these sites, according to the article, the Devil gathers all the people who died violent deaths over the past year for a prance around the Earth at the witching hour.
The article adds that he appears in Stull because of an event that took place in the 1850’s, when “a stable hand allegedly stabbed the mayor to death in the cemetery’s old stone barn. Years later, the barn was converted into a church, which in turn was gutted by fire. A decaying wooden crucifix that still hands from one wall is thought to sometimes turn upside-down when passersby step into the building at midnight...” The story neglects to mention that, historically speaking, neither the Deer Creek Community nor Stull have ever had an official mayor.
Author Lisa Hefner Heitz has collected numerous legends that have added to the mythology of Stull Cemetery. Some of them include the “fact” that the Devil also appears at Stull on the last night of winter or the first night of spring. He comes to visit a witch that is buried there. Coincidentally, an old tombstone bearing the name “Wittich” is located fairly close to the old church. It should also be mentioned that there are rumors that an old tree in the graveyard, which was cut down a year or so ago, was once used as a gallows for condemned witches. There is also said to be a grave in the cemetery that holds the bones of a “child of Satan”, who was born of the Devil and a witch. The child was so deformed that he only lived for a few days and the body was buried in Stull. Some say that his ghost may walk here, as there supposedly was a photo taken a few years ago that shows a “werewolf-like boy” peering out from behind a tree.
One of the strangest stories about Stull supposedly appeared in Time magazine in either 1993 or 1995 (depending on the version you hear). This story claims that Pope John Paul II allegedly ordered his private plane to fly around eastern Kansas while on his way to a public appearance in Colorado. The reason for this, the story claims, was that the Pope did not want to fly over “unholy ground”.
The legends grew and by 1989, the crowd at the graveyard on Halloween night had become so overwhelming that the Douglas County sheriff's department had to station deputies outside to send people on their way. They handed out tickets for criminal trespass to anyone caught on the property. It was believed that nearly 500 people came to the cemetery on Halloween night of 1988, doing damage to the church and gravestones, prompting a police response the following year.
As time passed, the local residents grew more irritated that vandals and trespassers were wreaking havoc in the cemetery where their loved ones and ancestors were buried. Finally, a chain link security fence was installed around the grounds and although the area is still regularly patrolled, the visits have died down somewhat, at least outside of October. In addition, there have been the signs posted against trespassing here and locals have made it clear that visitors are not welcome.
We have no idea and local residents are not talking. Strangely, although property owners have spoken out against both vandals and the macabre stories, they have done little to try and end the legends for good. For example, as so many of the paranormal events supposedly involve the ruin of the old church, why not tear it down? The building has been standing vacant 1922 and it has been badly damaged by vandalism over the years. In 1996, the remnants of the roof blew off and once exposed to the elements, the interior walls have been damaged by both weather and graffiti. Recently, a large crack also opened in one of the stone walls after the church was struck by lightning. So why not tear it down before it falls down on its own? Wouldn’t this bring an end to the demonic tales circulating about the place? To make matters worse, why chase away those who come to the cemetery at midnight on Halloween to see the Devil appear? Why not simply “control the chaos” and allow the curiosity-seekers to see that no spirits will run rampant on that fateful night? On Halloween night of 1999, reporters from a local newspaper and a television news crew joined a group of onlookers at the cemetery. Sheriff’s deputies were on hand, but did not ask anyone to leave until 11:30pm.
At precisely this moment, an unknown representative for the cemetery owners appeared and ordered everyone to leave the property. The officers had no choice but to go along with their wishes and the reporters and spectators had to leave. As Stull Cemetery and the land around it is private property, there was no option but to comply. The owners stated, through the representative, that they did not want media attention brought to the graveyard because it attracts vandals.
According to the Lawrence (Kansas) newspaper, the Journal-World, the old stone church was mysterious torn down on Friday, March 29, 2002. A man named Major Weiss, who owns the property, along with two other people said that he did not authorize the abandoned church to be destroyed. Those who live nearby stated that they were also unaware of the demolition, although one of them did say that a wall of the church had collapsed about two weeks before.
The spooky church is no more... although the reputation of Stull Cemetery still remains!
The town of Stull is located about ten miles west of Lawrence, Kansas in the northeast part of the state. It can be found by traveling west on Route 40 and then traveling straight west to Stull. The town can be found on the northwestern edge of Clinton Lake and close to the Clinton State Park. Visitors to the cemetery are advised to go there at their own risk.
Susan Sheppard: Thirteen Places Most Likely To Be Haunted By Real Ghost
Last year, Susan Sheppard author and founder of Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours was featured on the ABC Family Channel’s popular show “Scariest Places on Earth” as a psychic medium at the Shawnee Amusement Park in Bluefield, West Virginia. She has previously taught “Be Your Own Psychic” classes at the Self-Health & Awareness Center and continues appear before audiences and live television as a psychic medium.
She is the author ofThe Phoenix Cards: Reading and Interpreting Past-Life Influences with the Phoenix Deck, Cry Of The Banshee by Richard Southall and Susan Sheppard, The Gallows Tree: A Mothman's Tale, The Astrological Guide to the Seduction and Romance, A Witch's Runes: How to Make and Use Your Own Magick Stone, The Astrological Guide To Seduction And Romance: How to Love Libra, Turn on a Taurus, and Seduce a Sagittarius.
Susan Sheppard grew up just a few hills away from the first sighting of the famous West Virginia Mothman. It was during this time that Sheppard’s family home underwent a great deal of paranormal activity sparking her interest in the unknown while tapping into her natural psychic talents. However, Sheppard has had direct communications with spirits of her Native American ancestors since around age four when she met the ghosts of two Indian braves on the hillside above her grandparent's house in broad daylight. Though very small, she understood the braves to be both her ancestors and her guides.
Ms. Sheppard’s adolescence was spent partly doing psychic readings along with school work and sometimes working with local law enforcement on missing person cases. She later grew up with the aspirations of becoming a published author and an artist, both of which she achieved. Sheppard has authored a number of popular books which are sold worldwide and has continued with her art in many venues. Her poetry alone has won many prestigious awards.
Her West Virginia childhood might have some bearing on her interest in the paranormal. Sheppard is "Black Dutch," meaning she is descended from the less than 850 Shawnee Indians who remained east of the Mississippi River after the other Shawnee (during the "Trial of Tears" removal) were forced onto reservations out west in the 1830s. Susan, along with others in the Friend family, is a direct descendent of Shawnee Chief Big Thunder through his daughter, Bright Lightning, whose name was anglicized to "Anna Friend."
Susan has never strayed from her interests in the spirit world and has continued to work in the field as a medium, as well as a practicing astrologer. In the last few years she has worked primarily as a psychic medium and a paranormal investigator on various ghost hunts and investigations. She also leads séances, does clearings and performs platform style readings before the public for which she is the most famous in her area.
Not only is Susan an exceptional psychic, she is knowledgeable in the field of the unknown. She remains up-to-date on the latest developments in research concerning the paranormal.
The Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours, located in Parkersburg, WV, USA, hosts regular ghost tours in season, from Mid-September throughout October 31st, private ghost tours go on throughout the year. Tour meets in the haunted and historic Blennerhassett Hotel at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby. The ghost tour features many unusual paranormal and ghost tales such as the Banshee of Marrtown, Civil War Ghosts, the local appearance of the alien Indrid Cold, the West Virginia Mothman, haunted railroads, haunted graveyards, the East End Ghoul, Ghostly hands,Women-in-White spirit appearances and haunted islands.
The ghost tour is led by paranormal experts, published authors and noted psychic mediums. Reservation are NOT required.
Here we present Susan Sheppard's personal list of the 13 places most likely to be haunted by real ghosts.
Thirteen Places Most Likely To Be Haunted
Although it might seem pretty obvious as to why graveyards are notoriously haunted, bodies are buried there, right? This is really not enough of a reason, if we view this explanation logically. After we are dead, it is reported by those who have had a near death experience that the first thing we do is look back with complete disinterest on our own physical bodies. This makes sense, since the life force has left the body and there is no longer any use for it. It does seem clear that some spirits do have some sentimental feelings, or a compulsion to return to where their human remains were put to rest. Some theorize that spirits hang out at cemeteries drawing upon the energies of their decaying bodies, claiming energies in the cells still fire, but I doubt this, since many ghost anomalies appear in very old historical graveyards that have not had a burial over many years. Instead, it appears that cemeteries may simply be an opening or a portal for the spirits to pour through, almost like an airport or bus station for ghosts.
Perhaps the reason is cemeteries are places where events of high emotion take place, such as funerals. Graveyards are also a place where we reflect upon the lives of people we have lost, or at least, we are aware of another’s loss. Perhaps this provides just enough inspiration or contemplation to pull the spirits down. Not matter what reason behind cemetery haunting really is, there is a plethora of evidence that points out that this phenomenon exists. Therefore, if you are looking to gather evidence of haunting, a public cemetery is a good place to start out. Try not to trespass after dark, if there are signs that say they prohibit visitors after dusk. Dusk is a very good time to take ghost pictures. Sometimes you can notify the groundkeeper and get permission to go in after dark.
It seems as if every old hotel has its own resident ghost. Hotels are places where a large amount of human energy has been stored. Hotel haunts tend to be varied. Sometimes the haunting has to do with a suicide or death having taken place in the hotel. At other times, it may be that people who have worked and invested energy in the hotel that returns to “check in” on an event, a business that may have helped start. Hotel ghost hunts can be rather easy. Often, the staff at the hotel will be more than happy to open up their “haunted rooms” and show you around. In fact, many hotels enjoy the publicity and sense of mystery a resident ghost inspires. Be discreet your ghost hunt inside a hotel. Some people are still frightened over things like hauntings. Business in hotels dies down (forgive the pun) around 9:00 p.m. Late in the evening is your best time to hunt ghosts.
Let’s face it. Any place that serves alcohol to the point that patrons are getting smashed is highly attractive to some ghosts. (A Lakota medicine man in South Dakota once said to me, “Why do you think we call alcohol “spirits?”) As far as spirits haunting, there is often a lot of old history that surrounds a tavern. Many fights happened there and a few people may have died as a result. When ghost hunting in a tavern, you might want to check out its history. The haunting there may not be all that positive. When ghost hunting in an old tavern you may ask to see whatever basement exists as this is sometimes one of the oldest parts of the building. Basements often yield lots of anomalies in pictures, such as vortices, EVP and orbs.
It is interesting about the ghosts that haunt museums they may not have any attachment to the building they are haunting, but instead to the objects that are displayed inside. In this way, museums tend to have a number of “object apparitions.” This creates an interesting variety of spirits haunting the museum space. On a museum ghost hunt, we gathered a number of orbs and anomalies surrounding 20,000 year-old Native American artifacts on the basement floor while gathering spirit evidence on the 3rd Floor of the museum that had items from the Civil War era. Picture taking in certain areas of a museum may be prohibited but this does not really matter. Orbs can occur just about anywhere, so taking pictures of the ceiling sometimes works out just as well as taking pictures of an historical exhibit.
Battlefields are places where you are going to run into a number of spirit recordings, but that’s okay, spirit recordings can be the source of excellent evidence about ghosts. Gettysburg, PA is the most famous haunted battlefield of all and is so haunted, that it has spawned an industry of ghost hunts, ghost tours and paranormal conferences. The battlefields tend to be the most haunted sites although areas of lookouts, old buildings in close proximity to battlefields also yield a number of hauntings. When we speak of place hauntings, we mean evidence collected of ghosts that have gone on for a number of years. Sometimes one haunting will replace another. In fact, once a legend grows up around one particular ghost, the primary ghost will change. That is why it is hard to go looking for one particular ghost.
Once again, areas of intense emotion or even violence are likely places to become haunted. There are a number of famous ghost hunts and investigations taking place in a number of old, abandoned prisons throughout the United States. These include Alcatraz Prison in California, Moundsville Prison in West Virginia and Mansfield Prison in Ohio. Although prisons may not be your forte as far as ghost hunting is concerned, a wealth of evidence is now being collected verifying the existence of something quite supernatural going on in these infamous, jail house haunts. To find out the whens, whys and wheres of prison ghost hunts by looking them up on the Internet.
Nursing Homes and Hospitals
These can be the most unnerving places in the world! Nursing homes and hospitals are probably the most haunted buildings and residences that there are. So many deaths occur, and so many families go through the extremes of emotions in these areas, that the energy and memory of these events remain. There have been cases reported of residents in nursing homes being visited during “off hours” by an elderly friend. Once the staff at the nursing home check in the room to ask the visitor if she would like a cup of coffee, no one is there. While visiting the room the staff discovers the resident has worsened or slipped into a coma. Shortly afterward, the resident dies. Just an oddball coincidence? The above scenario happens routinely in nursing homes and hospitals. Of course, ghost hunts in either a hospital or nursing home would be extremely crass and not permitted. But if you know of someone who works in such a place, you may be interested in interviewing him or her about personal haunted experiences. In nursing homes and hospitals, accounts of ghosts are abundant. Members of the staff are usually eager to share their stories with you.
Once a Hubbub Buildings hold onto energies from all that has gone inside, so if a place was at one time extremely busy, with several people passing through it, going through the ups and downs of human emotions, in all likelihood, that building will become haunted from one type of spirit manifestation or another, and more typically, many spirits. These might include bus stations, train stations, abandoned orphanages, and even old department stores. Many of the buildings are turned into other types of businesses, and the spirit or ghost that haunts typically belongs to the building’s previous incarnation. Therefore, a department store that may have been turned into a reception hall, will have apparition sightings of elevator attendants, clerks dressed in old-style clothing and nothing whatsoever to do with a modern reception hall. If you decide to so an investigation, pay attention to the old design of the building. For instance, check areas of old elevator shafts, where offices used to be, and with most haunted sites, ask to see the basement or attic areas. These areas have less traffic, so are more linked to what happened in the past, and this increases the likelihood of haunting.
Just about anyone who has had the experience of a little greasepaint on their faces can attest to the fact that most theaters have spirits – they often have many ghosts. Even if a theater closes, ghosts seem to sick around. As an example, not only do I have haunted theaters on my ghost tour I also have a haunted city block where an old theater once stood. Why? Once again, we associate theaters with feelings of excitement, the kind associated with live presentations, so once again it is the intensity of feeling that feeds the ghosts. Some old theaters offer tours, and so this is one good way of getting some ghost hunting in. Pay close attention to older parts of the theaters, areas where dressing rooms used to be, and also in the balcony and basement of the theater. While spirits can be encountered just about anywhere, many tend to stay put in basements and attics. The more historical areas of the theater is the places to take special note of when attempting to photograph or capture any EVP with a tape recorder (This is the "Smoot Theater" in Parkersburg with the 1930 showing of "Frankenstein." Nurses and ambulance are ready in case anyone is overcome with shock or fright!)
Universally, the crossroads is a place of great spiritual power, and according to some, also spiritual danger. A belief in the crossroads as it relates to spirits traces back to the ancient world and is linked to practically every culture in the world. Since roads are so prevalent in the modern world, every corner is a crossroads. However, isolated crossroads, where there is an old graveyard, an empty house or abandoned boarding house are areas where spiritual activity is pronounced. When investigating a cemetery, consider taking photographs, or getting EVP at the nearest place where two roads intersect. It is possible that the when two path cross, it disturbs or changes the energy of a place. In many respects, crossroads are as much of a portal for spirit activities as cemeteries. Old crossroads, such as those in the country, should be fully explored for ghost activity.
“I went to the crossroad
Fell down on my knees,
I went to the crossroad
Fell down on my knees;
Asked the Lord above,
Have mercy now,
Save poor Bob, if you please.”
Just about all tunnels have ghosts. Why is this? It is possible that tunnels are able to trap ghostly and spiritual energies. They are also spooky with creepy echoes and no doubt inspire more ghostly tales than they truly deserve. Tunnels do have odd energies. This particular tunnel had an accident where part of the tunnel collapsed and three men were buried alive. Their bodies were never recovered.
Historical Homes Homes
With a long history, of course, tend to be plagued by ghosts. Maybe they are overrated a bit. Haunted trailers are every bit as prevalent as archaic old mansions. But since old homes have a long history of human activity, usually situated around a number of different families that have lived in the house, they do become haunted, and not in any unpleasant way. Usually in older homes, spirits of children are the most common. I’ve had more reports or stories of little girls haunting old homes than I can shake a stick at, and this includes my own. I can only speculate that the children who haunt such homes may not have died as children at all and are probably are residual energies of past children at play. After all, every emotion is able to lay down a track or an imprint on the atmosphere of an area, and this includes feelings of happiness and childish play. Older homes do often have resident ghosts as well. If you sense a resident ghost that is somewhat resistant to your investigation, do not be alarmed. Unless there is evidence against it, most resident ghosts are completely benefic and end up an interesting topic of conversation at parties for those who live in the houses.
Again, when investigating the scene of an accident, or a murder, no matter when it happened, discreetness is a must. Such places often become famously haunted, and if you proceed with your ghost investigations, the likelihood that you will receive a call concerning a place where a terrible shock or attack has occurred is likely. Spirits that haunt such places are not usually happy ones, thus, the feelings you absorb and the impressions you receive might not be pleasant. It’s important, though, to not look upon such places as “cursed” where terrible evil has been unleashed. Truthfully, when investigating crime scenes, the spirits you likely encounter will be residual hauntings and nothing worse than that. But if you do wander into an earthbound spirit, gently inform the spirit to move on and find happiness in another place, a place where his or her family members await them.
One should always be careful when investigating such haunts.
The most persistent hauntings often involve an element of unhappiness, if not restlessness in a ghost. Honestly, you should approach them as you would anyone with emotional problems, with careful thought and a gentle encouragement for them to move out of their state of restlessness, toward loved family members who have moved on into a state of peace.
These are many "Haunted" places you can start your ghost hunting
Or Visit Susan Sheppard's Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tour web site Here!
Creator of the Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours, she is also well respected for her abilities as a psychic medium. She has worked as psychic and a spiritualist medium since age fourteen and as a paranormal investigator for the last decade. This came about when her friends overheard a well-known psychic tell Susan that she, too, had "the gift" and should use her special abilities to help others. This was no surprise to Susan's family who had witnessed her uncanny abilities since early childhood.
Last year, Susan was featured on the ABC Family Channel’s popular show “Scariest Places on Earth” as a psychic medium at the Shawnee Amusement Park in Bluefield, West Virginia. She has previously taught “Be Your Own Psychic” classes at the Self-Health & Awareness Center and continues appear before audiences and live television as a psychic medium.
Books By Susan Sheppard
The Phoenix Cards: Reading and Interpreting Past-Life Influences with the Phoenix Deck by Susan Sheppard
Cry Of The Banshee by Richard Southall and Susan Sheppard
The Gallows Tree: A Mothman's Tale
The Astrological Guide to the Seduction and Romance
A Witch's Runes: How to Make and Use Your Own Magick Stones
The Astrological Guide To Seduction And Romance: How to Love Libra, Turn on a Taurus, and Seduce a Sagittarius
“Scariest Places on Earth” October 31st, 2005 ABC Family Channel Shawnee Amusement Park Segement, Bluefield, West Virginia (appearance as psychic medium)
“Eyes of the Mothman” DVD to be released November 2006, Red Line Productions, (appearance as psychic medium & Indrid Cold expert)
“Creepy Canada” May & June 2006 “The Banshee of Marrtown” “The Ghost of Silver Run” “Moundsville Prison Ghost Hunt”
(appeared as psychic medium, paranormal investigator and also authored two of the stories.)
KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, PA Evening News, mediumship demonstration
WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, West Virginia, Daybreak Astrologer
WCHS-TV, Charleston, West Virginia, Psychic and Paranormal Investigator
WSAZ-TV, Huntington, West Virginia, Mothman/Indrid Cold expert & psychic medium
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