All About That Boo
Jack-o-lanterns were originally carved into turnips and the holiday is derived from a Celtic celebration. Yeah yeah. But what else? There’s more to Halloween than costumes and candy.
Nightmares of…William Shatner
You know the creepy white mask worn by Michael Myers in all the Halloween movies? That would be the face of William Shatner as seen on a $2 mask purchased from a local shop when the movie was first being made. So Halloween is officially the most profitable film Shatner has shown his face in.
Before the tricks, there was the dancing. The act of trick or treating can be traced back to the early practice of “mumming” or “guysing,” in which people would go door to door in costume, performing a choreographed dance in exchange for treats.
🙅 Silly String
Ever tried to clean up a yard full of silly string? Someone in Hollywood obviously has, because the town banned the use of the product, enforced only on Halloween night, back in 2004.
People Actually Hate Candy Corn
While the once-a-year candy is wildly popular in the checkout line, is anyone really eating it? It may be the best selling candy this time of year, but time and again it is voted the least favorite treat.
The most popular costume? Witch. The old standard never fails to top the charts. And for Fido…let’s just say there will be plenty of 4 legged pumpkins on the scene.
These locations have been studied as some of the world’s most haunted places. Visit if you dare.
Poveglia Island, Italy
Just off of Venice is the beautifully haunted island of Poveglia, a spot frequented by ghost hunters who claim an abundance of paranormal activity. Once a destination for quarantined victims suffering from the plague, it also housed an insane asylum in the early 20th century. Over 160,000 people died on the tiny island. When the hospital shut down in 1968, the entire island was abandoned.
Ancient Ram Inn, England
Popular among ghost-chasing television shows, this spooky English inn in the market town of Wotton-under-Edge is known as England’s most haunted inn. Built on a pagan burial ground, it is believed to be haunted by over 20 spirits, including children, who drive visitors to jump from the windows out of fear.
Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania
This was the first federal prison to implement solitary confinement, originally dubbed “The Pennsylvania Treatment.” The practice was abandoned at the prison in 1913 and the entire establishment was shut down in 1971, but reports of shadowy figures and eery sounds have increased over the years.
Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia
Since it was built in 1855, this Australian home in New South Wales has seen a string of tragic events, including the deaths of a child who was dropped down the stairs, a maid who fell from the balcony and a stable boy who burned to death. The mentally ill son of one caretaker was allegedly chained inside the caretaker’s cottage for 40 years and discovered curled up next to his dead mother’s body.
Château de Brissac, France
Haunted by the Green Lady after a vicious double murder in the 15th century, the castle is the tallest in France. Residents and guests claim to hear moaning throughout the halls, and have seen an apparition of the fallen woman dressed in a green gown, with gaping holes where her eyes and nose should be.
Battery Carriage House Inn, Charleston, SC
Our own southern town has a long, storied past, full of ghost stories. The town’s most haunted spot is said to be this inn from the 1800s. Many guests have claimed to experience eerily similar sightings, such as a headless apparition floating through the bedrooms after dark.