Happy Halloween

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That’s me in the featured image! Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme! I made the entire costume myself (although, its not complete in that image, I left one of the belts at home by mistake) and you can read more about it on my crafting blog.

Halloween is hands down one of the best holidays of the year, and I always have a great deal of fun creating my costume and going to parties. I don’t trick-or-treat very often, its not very popular in my neighborhood, but I do get into the rest of it, like scary(ish) books and movies and eating candy!

What are you doing for halloween this year? Have you read any good spooky stories?

Favorited Haunted Books

The Asylum Series by Madeleine Roux

This is actually a series, which I have not read all of because it was too scary for me!! Don’t get me wrong, it is a great book, I’m just easy to scare. My mother, an avid Stephen King fan, has read the entire series and loves them!!

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

This is possibly my all-time favorite ghost story, and if you want a good movie, there’s an adaptation where the ghost is played by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart!!

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

This is set in China, and is a fascinating look into spirit marriages, a real custom (though rarely practiced) of marrying a living person to a spirit.

Read my review

Gilda Joyce Series by Jennifer Allison

This is a series for young readers, which I first read in middle school, but I recently read some of the later books and it still holds up. Its not exactly scary, but there are paranormal events, so if you want a ghost story, but don’t want to be terrified, check this!

The Granny Curse and Other Ghosts and Legends from East Tennessee by Randy Russell & Janet Barnett

This is one of my books of real life ghost stories, because, yes I do believe in ghosts, I’ve seen them (more below). I got this while visiting Cades Cove, an area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its a really interesting book, if you’re into that kind of thing.

The Haunted Mysteries Series by Chris Grabenstein

Best haunted book series ever, hands down. Yes it is a bit scary – no where near as bad as Asylum, but more so than Gilda Joyce – and each book is progressively a bit more creepy than the last, but the humor and the writing style more than balances it out even for those who don’t like ghost stories.

Read my review of book one

The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby

This is loosely based on a true story of a haunted plantation house, so if real ghosts are your thing, you should totally check this out!!

We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni

This is based on the Fox Sisters, the two girls who single-handedly started Spiritualism (aka: visiting a medium to talk to the dead). Although they later admitted to faking it, many of the other mediums that they inspired have never been proven false. What do you think?

Read my review

The World’s Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of Ghostvillage.com by Jeff Belanger

Yes I really love real-life hauntings. This one covers the most haunted places in the world, and its wonderful if you love wacky things. If you like sleeping at night, maybe not so much.

You believe in ghosts?

Yes, I’ve seen/interacted with three to date.

I saw a black woman dressed in civil war era clothes, holding a baby walking through a local cemetery, I thought she was a reenacting something at first, so I looked around to see if there were other people in costumes. When I realized she was the only one I looked back and she was gone.

I attended forensics class that used real

I saw my grandmother not long after she died. It was dark and we were at a playground; I was on the swing set and my mother was walking laps on the track. My grandmother used to walk with us sometimes, so when I looked over and saw a glowing, white figure walking with my mother I didn’t think twice. I’m not sure why I knew it was my grandmother, other than it was the right height, but I’ve never doubted it was her. I didn’t tell my mother about the event until months later, she was understandably a little freaked out that I saw something following her and didn’t tell her. My responce was that, why should I worry? It was just grandma.

I’m not sure what this counts as, so I didn’t count it in my total, but a friend of mine’s younger sister (she was three at the time) took a photo of a ghost that can only been seen on the preview of the image. If you open it to full size, the apparition vanishes. To make the story even stranger, the phone was locked and out of the toddler’s reach, but she still managed to get it and take the photo.

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