I don't love Halloween. Growing up, I was scared by *everything* and I didn't like wearing a turtleneck underneath all my costumes due to the temperature. Nowadays, I *almost* enjoy being scared, though I still hate turtlenecks and when adults go to the store and buy a full costume instead of being creative and making one.
This year, I'm dressing up for the first time in ages, something I've been able to avoid in recent years. It just so happens that I have a party to attend and someone who wants to do a "couples costume" with me, and I'm actually pretty excited about it. In "spirit" of this new attitude, I've collected my favorite blogposts about things that go bump in the night...
- A Nightmare in the West Village: A Ghosts of NY tour of the West Village. I will never sit in Washington Square Park the same way again.
- You're So Fine, You Blow My Mind: A visit to Ear Inn in west SoHo - haunted by a sailor named Mickey - and his secret message to me in bread crumbs.
- Marie's Crisis, You're the Top: The West Village bar wherein Thomas Paine died, footprints are heard when no one is around, and a woman may still haunt the basement ladies' room.
- Charleston - Jailhouse Shock: A visit to the Old Charleston Jail with Bulldog Tours where I am pretty sure I captured evidence of spirits in my photos and definitely felt different afterward.
- Before the Devil Knows You're Dead: A tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans with Strange True Tours where you can see Nicolas Cage's future resting place.
- New Orleans Beyond Bourbon Street: Many New Orleans bars boost about their ghosts, but the scariest one has to be at the oldest bar in the country, where sometimes red eyes, glowing with blood (!), are seen in the fireplace.
- Something Evil's Lurking in the Dark: My second, and most recent, time watching the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village, featuring an appearance by a Transformers taxi cab man and Pauly D. This year's parade is on Halloween night at 7 pm.
Have you ever been somewhere that's said to be haunted? What was your experience like?