Castle Miranda aka Chateau Noisy in Belgium. Built in 1866, abandoned in 1991.–Happy Halloween!
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It is October and you know what that means! Time for tales of the macabre and news of the undead. . . or something along those lines. Since everyone may not share enthusiasm nor passion for All Hollow’s Eve, I have peppered some general headlines within the coveted list of eight.
Below are some of the more fascinating articles that have come out this month. A beautiful Victorian home is for sale with scads of photographs to drool over. There is even a piece pondering over the alternative history, if President Abraham Lincoln lived, what would the world be like today? One of my favorite non-Halloween vignettes is the fun Victorian slang, which are tongue-twisters in their own right! My goodness! Why did such wonderfully silly words go by the wayside?! There is also a great review on the Circ de Solis Kurio’s Show! I so wish to attend now!! The remaining snippets are in the spirit of Halloween; serial killers, cemetery tours, mourning rituals, and ghosts that haunt the night. Buwahahahaha!
Halloween is just around the corner. For some folks this means shopping or creating a spectacular costume, for others this means throwing the scariest party at the most haunted house on the block! If you’re looking for macabre furnishings, I have eight ideas perfect for the Devil himself and the 19th century monsters he runs with. Most of these images are linked to their purchase page, a few items however have sold and thus no longer available for purchase. As for the last item, I searched the web like a black widow for two days trying to trace its origin for a purchase link to no avail. Alack! But forget all that and enter . . . *cue the creepy music*
Knock knock! This bat doorknocker will surely set the mood for any haunted house or at least set a guest on edge about what lurks behind the huge wooden door. Vlad would approve!
Over this past weekend, I participated in conducting a Haunted Mansion for our organization’s fundraiser. I was second chair to the event as I have not been involved in an endeavor of this magnitude. It was a learning experience to put it delicately. Our actors were superb. We had a handful of people frightens to tears, a sign of a truly scary haunted house. To our pleasant surprise we even had quite a few people return to the ticket line after running out screaming!
According to our casual verbal survey our two most popular vignettes in the haunted house was the live 13 yellow foot python with his handler under black light, faux flora, and a fog machine. As our haunted house was “at your own pace” many people were allowed to touch the snake, if they inquired, but the handler never invited such requests. Upon feeling the reptilian muscles ripple underneath their fingers and snake’s head turning to hiss at them always resulted in the desired effect. Incidentally the very next vignette our other scariest conoction. It was simply a bare chamber with an adolescent girl with long hair crying in the shadowy corner, as her crying grew louder she looked up as if possessed and scream at the top her longs flashing twelve-inch long black talons. She would run at full speed shrieking up to the barrier and stop breathing heavy and acting crazed, her ripped nightgown and dripping blood becoming evident. Occasionally, she would jump the barrier into the walkway just to be truly terrifying. Achieved!
As a result of tending to the myriad of last-minute details, I only acquire a dozen pictures. How dreadful of me! Having time to photograph the event or delegating someone as a photographer was just one of the lessons learned that night. Others included not accepting last-minute assistance as they tend to be unreliable, no matter how well-meaning. Also using explicitly directions when addressing the all-teenage production crew is absolutely vital. Needed items were lost and not found until the following morning as others no one seem to know the whereabouts of the elusive Three Boxes.