Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Good Witch

Candles, Incense
I'm visiting the good witch.
The darkness is falling,
-it's time for magic.

Old One, Enchantress
Make me an amulet
with dragon's blood and henbane
to ensure the darkest art.

Black Hat, Black Cat
I'm riding your broom to the Sabbat.
Rub the ointment in, I want to fly.

I want to soar, to hover,
take to me a demon lover and
dance with faeries the night away.

We'll sing our spells and incantations
and mortals will follow with lamentations
for this is the way of our kind.

Should they catch me,
I shall tell them,
"I'm visiting the good witch",
and I shall never disclose our secrets
even when burning.

-Jason Gammon

Wishing Everyone A Hauntingly Horrific Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

10 Movies To See For Halloween - Number 1

Haxan -or- Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0013257/

Originally banned in the U.S., Haxan comes closest to portraying the actual beliefs in witches and witchcraft. One thing to take away from the movie is that such beliefs are definitely not a thing of the past. The belief in witches, as portrayed in the film, continues into modern times.

Haxan, is based on the Malleus Malificarum (The Hammer Against Witches), a book written in 1486 detailing how to identify a witch and extract confessions from her (which usually involves torture).

To watch Haxan, click HERE.

Sightings - Paranormal Photography/Ghost Update

10 Movies To See For Halloween - Number 2

Stephen King's IT (1990)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099864/

Tagline: "From the King of terror, a chilling new dimension in horror"

The movie that instilled coulrophobia (fear of clowns) in many a child!

FYI: The book is far scarier but the ending is disappointing.

Sightings - Haunted Family

Burroughs, George (1659-1692)

George Burroughs, a former Salem Village minister, was one of the few male victims of the Salem Witch Trials.

It is believed accusations against Burroughs stem from religious differences and problems with the new minister, Samuel Parris.

The group of girls, who slung the witchcraft accusations, accused Burroughs of being a leader among the witches. It should be noted that one of the members of the group of girls was Parris' daughter. Another girl, Mercy Lewis, accused Burroughs of taking her to a high mountain and tempting her by showing her all the kingdoms of the earth which he promised to give her if she signed his book, thus becoming a witch. It's clear that such accusation was pulled directly from the bible, where Satan is said to have tempted Jesus in a similar manner.

Local men also levelled accusations of witchcraft against Burroughs due to his remarkable physical strength, which they attributed to diabolic supernatural powers.

Burroughs was convicted of witchcraft and was hung on August 19, 1692. Before his execution was carried out, Burroughs recited the Lord's prayer perfectly and gave a reported powerful and moving speech. Attendees became upset because according to accepted lore, witches were unable to recite the Lord's prayer. Cotton Mather intervened to prevent a riot and informed the crowd to basically ignore the fact that he could recite the Lord's prayer and reminded them that Burroughs had been convicted in a court of law. Burroughs was then hung. It should be noted that Cotton Mather did in fact believe that witches could not recite the Lord's prayer. Why Mather acted as he did is believed the result of personal problems and religious disputes he previously had with Burroughs.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sightings - Ghost Of Whitechapel

10 Movies To See For Halloween - Number 3

Fulci's Zombie 2 (1979)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080057/

Tagline: "If you loved 'Dawn of the Dead', you'll just eat up 'Zombie'!"

Guess which scene is my favorite. Hint: "I think I got something in my eye."

To watch Zombie 2, click HERE.

Sightings - Ghost Of Brookdale Lodge

10 Movies To See For Halloween - Number 4

Carrie (1976)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074285/

Tagline: "If You Got A Taste For Terror....Take Carrie To The Prom."
Carrie was the first Stephen King book I read, and I highly recommend the book to any who are interested.

To watch Carrie, click HERE.

Sightings - Baleroy Ghost

10 Movies To See For Halloween: Number 5

The Hunger (1983)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085701/

tagline: "Nothing Human Loves Forever"

The Hunger is my favorite Vampire movie. In addition to the movie, I have read both the book and it's sequel.

Trivia: The author of the The Hunger, Whitley Strieber, also wrote Communion, a book detailing his experiences as an alien-abductee.

The watch The Hunger, click HERE.

Sightings - Ghost Island

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

10 Movies To See For Halloween - Number 6

Ghost Story (1981)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082449/

Tagline: "The Time Has Come To Tell The Tale"

4 elderly men share a deadly secret spanning back 50 years.

My favorite line from the movie, "I will take you places you have never been and show you things you've never seen..."

When this movie came out it was a disaster at the box office but it is now considered a cult classic.

To watch the movie, Ghost Story, click on the link below. Be aware that clip number five of the movie is missing, approximately 10 minutes.

LINK

Trailer:

Sightings - Heartland Ghost

A Haunting (2005)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0484243/

"Between the world we see and the things we fear... there are doors. When they are opened.... nightmares become reality."

LINK

Sightings - Spirit Message

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

10 Movies To See For Halloween - Number 7

The Changeling (1980)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080516/

This isn't the movie with Angelina Jolie. This is the 1980 ghost tale staring George C. Scott. It is a MUST see for lovers of ghost movies. The title of the film comes from fairy lore, where fairies were believed to kidnap human children and replace them with one of their own. The fairy impostor was referred to as a "changeling".

Sightings - Spirit Photography

10 Movies To See For Halloween - Number 8

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103874/taglines

Tag lines: "Beware", "The Blood Is The Life", and "Love Never Dies"

Of course my favorite line from the film is, "I have crossed oceans of time to be with you.." But my favorite scenes are of course the bat-man, a.k.a. "You do not see me!" (LOL) and the undead Lucy.

Sightings - Haunted Knickerbocker Hotel

10 Movies To See For Halloween - Number 9

Ginger Snaps (2000) is perhaps one of my favorite werewolf movies. I find the fact that the creators compare transforming into a werewolf with going through puberty to be genius. Don't miss the part with the school counselor, "Umm...I'm growing hair in strange place..." School Nurse: "That's perfectly natural..." LOL

Pay attention to the opening death scenes of the film. A friend and I often joke about the scene with the note reading, "Bury me in this dress". It's funny when you see what she's wearing.

The tagline for the movie is "She's got the curse". LOL

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0210070/

Sightings - Ghost Of Berry Pomeroy Castle

Monday, October 26, 2009

10 Movies To See For Halloween - Number 10

Halloween is a time for many people to watch scary movies. Well the 10 movies I would recommend watching for Halloween aren't necessarily scary, but they are well suited for the holiday. The movies are also not ranked as all 10 remain among my favorite movies to watch this time of year, when the leaves turn crimson and fall, when the night's grow longer, and when the cool winds blow.

Starting off the 10 movies to watch for Halloween, is one of my favorites, The Craft.

"Welcome To The Witching Hour", "Exorcise Your Rites", -and- "It's 'Carrie' Meets 'Clueless'!" are all taglines for the film. If I were to come up with my own, it would be, "Something Wiccan This Way Comes!"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115963/

Sightings - Haunted Stirling Castle

Monsters, Madness, & Mahem: Devil

Patrick Figured & Sonya Hill: A Modern Witch Hunt

Patrick Figured and his wife Sonya Hill were convicted of a crime they most likely never committed.

Figured & Hill were likely victims of an over-zealous social worker obsessed with so-called "Satanic Cults" which she believed were infiltrating society and abusing children.

In a nut shell, 4 children that Hill babysat accused both Hill and Figured, after being "worked over" by the social worker, of being Satanists. Figured was accused of dressing up as the Devil, of wearing scary masks with snakes and bugs on them, of performing Satanic rituals involving candles, of burning bibles, of forcing the children to drink dog urine as well as human blood, and of sodomizing the children with a screw driver. Figured was arrested and spent 4 years in jail, repeat 4 years in jail, before his case came to trial. During the 4 year wait, the children underwent "therapy" for their so-called abuse. It is believed that these therapy sessions reinforced the belief in the children that they had been abused.

The accusations against the couple are laughable, but the sodomy with a screw-driver accusation is horrible. None of the children had wounds consistent with sexual abuse. None of the children were reported to have suffered the bleeding that would have been associated with such abuse had it actually occurred. Instead, the now disproven "anal-wink test" was performed on the children with the belief that it was evidence the children had been sodomized.

For those who don't know, the anal-wink test was concocted by an over-zealous physician as a means of gathering evidence of sexual abuse when no apparant evidence exists. The practice involves touching a q-tip to a child's rectum to see if the rectum relaxes or opens. If the rectum does relax or "wink" then it was believed "proof" that the child was sodomized in the past. The anal-wink test was discredited in 1989 and is no longer accepted.

With regards to the accusations against Hill, the children claimed she participated in the Satanic rituals as well as took pornographic pictures of them. Despite the fact that no pornographic photos were ever presented as evidence, the jury believed the children and Hill was sentenced to 10 years in prison. One juror later commented that children wouldn't make-up such accusations.

Patrick Figured suffered a worse face. Figured was arrested in 1988 and spent 4 years in jail before coming to trial in 1992. Figured was convicted on three accounts, with life for each. In 1996, the sentence was changed to 1 life sentence. Figured's 1994 appeal was denied.

To date Figured has been in jail circa 21 years for a crime he likely never committed.

To add insult to injury, the parents of the victims sued Hill and was awarded 10.5 million dollars in compensation for an imaginary crime.

"NO REVERSIBLE ERROR" - The Wrongful Conviction Of Patrick Figured Of North Carolina

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mac Tonnies Passed Away

Mac Tonnies, Science Fiction author, Posthumanist, and Fortean has passed away.

Tonnies appeared on Coast To Coast AM on September 28th of this year to discuss his book, After The Martian Apocalypse, as well as various hypotheses regarding the UFO phenomena.

Tonnies had just finished a book, yet to be printed, concerning his "Cryptoterrestrial Hypothesis". No word yet as to whether the book will be printed.

Tonnies also maintained a popular blog, Posthuman Blues, dedicated to Science Fiction, Posthumanist issues, and Fortean subjects.

http://www.mactonnies.com/

http://posthumanblues.blogspot.com/

Sightings - Haunted King Family

A Disney Halloween (1983)

Sightings - Hunt House Hauntings

Truth Or Scare: Castle Ghosts Of Scotland (2001)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0299405/

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jack-O'-Lantern

Jack-O'-Lantern, short for "Jack of the lantern", is a local Irish name for the Ignis Fatuus phenomena.

Appearance: In Irish folklore, Jack-O'-Lantern is the spirit of a man named Jack. The actual spectre of Jack is never sighted, only the ghostly light which he is said to carry.

Lore: When Jack died he was to bad to be admitted into Heaven and had previously tricked the Devil, so was refused entry into Hell. (In some stories, the Devil had come for Jack's soul prior and Jack tricked the Devil into climbing a tree. When the Devil reached the top, Jack carved a cross on the bark which prevented the Devil from being able to climb back down and claim his soul.)

Jack's restless soul is doomed to wander the earth until judgement day, with only a coal from Hell, given to Jack by the Devil and placed in a carved turnip, to light his way.

Jack-O'-Lantern Today: On dark, cool Autumn nights, Irish children would carve turnips and place lighted candles inside in imitation of the legend. With the Irish immigration during the potato famine, such custom was transported to the U.S. where it became forever linked with the celebration of Halloween, with the pumpkin being chosen as a substitute for the turnip.

Jack-O'-Lantern Fakelore: Because the Jack-O'-Lantern has become a staple of Halloween practice, it has come under attack by certain religious folks who make outrageous claims concerning the history of the Jack-O'-Lantern. For example, here is an often repeated bit of fakelore about Jack-O'-Lanterns:

"Jack-O-Lantern has its origins with pagan practices. The candle lit pumpkin or skull served as a sign to mark homes sympathetic to the satanists and thus deserving of mercy."
http://www.mt.net/~watcher/hallwee.html

Of course this and similar accusations are incorrect. The legend of Jack-O'-Lantern, and of carving Jack-O'-Lanterns, were created by Irish Christians. Jack-O'-Lanterns have absolutely nothing to do with Paganism. Besides, the pumpkin Jack-O'-Lantern is MADE-IN-THE-USA!!! Carving a Pumpkin is an American tradition!



Sightings - Haunted Manresa Castle

Will-O'-The-Wisp

Will-O'-The-Wisp, short for "William of the wisp", is popular name in Celtic countries for the Ignis Fatuus phenomena. (A wisp is another name for a home-made torch or lantern.)

Appearance: In folklore, Will-O'-The-Wisp is the ghost of a man named William who was a blacksmith by trade. The actual apparition of William is never seen, only the ghostly light he carries.

Lore: William was said to have been too bad to get into Heaven, and to good to get into Hell. William is doomed to wander the earth until judgement day with only a burning coal from Hell to light his way.

Will-O'-The-Wisp has a dangerous reputation of making travelers become lost, or even worse, leading them deep into the swamp where they sink and drown.

Sightings - Ghost Hunt

Ignis Fatuus

Ignis Fatuus (Fool's Fire, Foolish Fire, etc.), is a phenomena reported under different names in almost every single culture.

Appearance: An eerie ball of light that is seen to float or dance through the air around swamps, bogs, woods, and other wild locations.

Lore: In folklore, such lights are attributed to numerous supernatural beings including but not limited to, ghosts, fairies, witches, vampires, demons, and shape-shifters.

Scientific Explanation: The majority of sightings of Ignis Fatuus can be attributed to "swamp gas", i.e. methane and other gases naturally produced in such locations which under the right conditions can combust, producing brief lights.

Trivia: J. Allen Hynek, proposed the explanation of "swamp gas" for UFO sightings occurring in Michigan in 1966. Since then, Skeptics have repeatedly used "swamp gas" as a possible explanation for various UFO sightings.

Castle Ghosts Of England (1995)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112644/

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Real Ghost Stories: Spirits, Graveyards, And Ghostbusters

The Pendle Witches



The Pendle Witches, also referred to as the Lancashire Witches, were the most famous Withes in England's history.

In 1612, 10 people in Lancashire County, England, were executed after being accused of using witchcraft to murder 17 people.

To watch the documentary, The Pendle Witches, click on the following link:

The Pendle Witches

To learn more about the Pendle Witches, visit the following site:

http://www.pendlewitches.co.uk/

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Donald Duck - Trick Or Treat (1954)

History Of The Jack O' Lantern

Truth Or Scare: Haunted Hotels (2001)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0299405/

The History Of Halloween



Just to clarify:

1.) The Celtic festival Samhain is pronounced "Sow-in", with "sow" like in female pig.

2.)Irish children carved turnips into Jack-O'-Lanterns on cool Autumn nights. It wasn't until the migration to America did the custom become associated with Halloween, with the pumpkin substituted for the traditional turnips. (The pumpkin is native to the Americas.)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Haunted House - Original Mickey Mouse Cartoon 1922

It's hard to believe this cartoon is circa 87 years-old!

Churches To Blame For Torture & Murder Of Child "Witches" In Africa

The growth of Evangelical Christianity in Africa has resulted in the widespread abuse, torture, and murder of thousands of children deemed "Witches" by their parents and religious leaders.

In just 200 cases investigated by the AP, Pastors were responsible for half of the accusations that a child was a witch. Many of the accused were later abused, tortured, and killed by their parents or family members because of such accusations.

Churches Involved In Torture, Murder Of Thousands Of African Children Denounced As Witches

Monsters, Madness & Mahem: Witches (2003)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Cutty Black Sow

The Cutty Black Sow is a demon or monster in Welsh folklore that is believed to steal the souls of it's human victims on Halloween.

Appearance: A black sow (female pig) with glowing eyes and which walks upright on it's hind legs, like a human.

Lore: Sir James George Frazer documents the Cutty Black Sow in his book, The Golden Bough. From page 348;

"Down to the present time the saying is current in Carnarvonshire, where allusions to the cutty black sow are occasionally made to frighten children."

-and-

"According to Sir John Rhys, the habit of celebrating Hallow'een by lighting bonfires on the hills is perhaps not yet extinct in Wales, and men still living can remember how the people who assisted at the bonfires would wait until the last spark was out and then would suddenly take to their heels, shouting at the top of their voices, the cropped black sow seize the hindmost!"

From such remarks it is evident the Cutty Black Sow was a local bogey-man figure, perhaps even perceived as a devil, or the devil, in the form of a black sow and not a separate entity.

The Cutty Black Sow In Culture: An episode of the series, Tales From The Darkside, was dedicated to the legend of the Cutty Black Sow, though gives the monster a Scottish origin.


Tales From The Darkside - 414 - The Cutty Black Sow.mpg

luck MySpace Video

Friday, October 16, 2009

Haunted Hotels: When The Lights Go Out

Halloween Fakelore: Should We Celebrate Halloween?

I really like the style of the following clip. I think the effects are really good. Too bad the information is wrong. Too bad the maker didn't take the time to fact-check.



In case you haven't figure out yet, when a religious person claims "The Truth About Halloween" they are usually lying. Sure some people might be merely ignorant of the true origin of Halloween, but many simply choose to lie. Such people claim to be of "the Truth" and then spread lies and fakelore about Halloween. Kind of ironic. LOL

My personal take is this;

If you choose not to celebrate Halloween because you believe it is evil or Pagan, so be it. I fully support religious families who do not celebrate Halloween, Christmas, or Easter. However, I feel that religious people who "hate on" Halloween, yet feel perfectly fine celebrating Christmas and Easter to be HYPOCRITES. Christmas and Easter are just as Pagan as Halloween.

Halloween is a night of fun for the kids (and adults who are kids at heart!) Get over the hate and misplaced fear and embrace the fun!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Halloween Fakelore: The Myth Of The God Samhain

Probably the most often repeated fakelore concerning Halloween is that it originates with the worship of "Samhain" (usually mispronounced as "Sam-Hane"), the supposed Celtic god of the dead.

The truth is quite simple. "Samhain", pronounced "Sow-in", with "sow" rhyming with "cow", "sow" as in female pig, means "Summer's End". There is no Celtic god of the dead named Samhain.

To understand Samhain, it is important to realize that to the Celts there were only two season to the year. The Celtic year was divided into "The dark half" (late Autumn/Winter), and the "the light half" (the growing season, Spring, Summer and early Autumn). The festival of Samhain signified the end of the light half of the year and the transition to the dark half of the year. Because the Celtic day began at sunset, i.e. night, some scholars believe that Samhain was the Celtic version of "New Years", with the new year beginning in darkness just as their days did.

So what do we know about the festival of Samhain? Surprisingly we know very little, save that it was an important festival to the Celts. What we do know is that Samhain was a harvest festival, the last harvest festival of the year. During this time the animals would be culled, with those animals that are too old or sick to survive the winter being slaughtered. This harvest and culling translate into a time of major feasting for Celtic communities. Samhain probably was the biggest "party" of the year, and rightfully so as life for Celts was extremely difficult and full of hardships. The Celtic mind frame during Samhain may have been, "Eat, drink, and be merry for we may not survive the winter".

With regards to the Celtic religion, the Druids would of course offer sacrifices to their gods, and possibly even offer up human sacrifices in times of great need. Every single culture from that time period is guilty of performing human sacrifice, so it would be wrong to judge the Celts while not judging say the Hebrews (Lev. 27:29 & Judges 11) or even Christians whose own religion is firmly rooted in human sacrifice.

Another aspect of Samhain is that it was a time in which Kings or Chiefs were appointed and was a time when tribal laws were passed and grievances were settled,

Finally, the aspect of Samhain that would evolve into the modern Halloween are the festival's associations with the dead.

To the Celts, transitions were considered sacred and magical. Transitions between one thing and another could be physical locations, such as the seashore which is neither sea nor land, a day of the year, such as Samhain which is neither summer nor winter, and a time of the day, such as sunrise, sunset or noon. Even more power was assigned to these transitions if they were compounded, such as "At a time that is not a time, on a day that is not a day, at a place that is not a place...", etc.

During these transitional times and at these transitional places, mysterious and magical things could happen. The veils between the realm of the living and the otherworld, the place where the gods and spirits dwelled, were thin and supernatural beings could cross over and interact with our world.

Samhain, a time between summer and winter, was considered the most powerful transitional time of the year. The dead came back to life. Gods and fairies walked the earth. To appease such supernatural beings, offerings would be made and rituals performed to protect the community from the actions of harmful spirits. Let us not forget that Samhain was also a time where good spirits returned as well.

To learn more about the fakelore of Samhain as the supposed god of the dead, visit the following site:

The Myth Of Samhain: "Celtic God Of The Dead"

One of my favorite cartoons as a child, The Real Ghostbusters, had two episodes inspired by the fakelore of Samhain as the evil god of the dead. You can view these episodes below.

Halloween Fakelore: The Religious War Against Halloween

Halloween is a holiday under attack. Certain religious folks will stop at nothing until they see the destruction of the holiday. Among the tactics used in the war against Halloween are fake folklore (fakelore), misinformation, outright lies, scare-tactics, and fear-mongering concerning the history, origins, and practices of Halloween. To be honest, these tactics are nothing more than religious propaganda aimed at swaying the minds of people.

Below are some key examples of Halloween-haters in action. Please keep in mind that there is a difference between ignorance and outright lying. Many of the individuals in the clips below are fully aware that the information they are spreading is false, yet they continue to spread this false information anyway.

When people cannot correctly pronounce words like "Celtic" (mispronounced as "Seltic") and "Samhain" (mispronounced as "Sam-hane"), then it is a big hint that such individuals are not trustworthy sources of information for the history of Halloween.







And for comic relief, a clip of a preacher dressed as "Satan":



Take some time and visit the following website to learn more about the false information being spread about Halloween:

Halloween: Myths, Monsters And Devils

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mysterious Journeys: The Witches Of Salem (2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1131983/

Nurse, Rebecca (1621-1692)

Rebecca Nurse, at around 70 years-old, was one of the oldest women to have been executed for being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials, even though she had the reputation in the community of being a fine, upstanding Christian woman.

Nurse and her family were involved with several land disputes with the local Putnam family. It came as no surprise when two Putnam family members made formal complaints about Rebecca Nurse being a witch. A warrant was issued for her arrest. Thirty-nine highly respectable members of the community rallied to her defense.

During trial, Ann Putnam, one of the girls whose accusations fanned the witch hysteria, made accusations against Nurse. Despite the accusations, the Jury reached a verdict of "Not Guilty". Unfortunately, things would quickly take a tragic turn.

Unable to accept the verdict, the local magistrate requested the verdict be reconsidered. The jury reversed their decision and found Rebecca Nurse to be guilty of being a witch.

Rebecca Nurse was hanged on the Salem gallows on July 16, 1692.

To add insult to injury, the Putnam family would later assume control of the land once owned by Rebecca Nurse's family. Today the property has become a tourist attraction.

"I am innocent as the child unborn, but surely, what sin hath God found out in me unrepented of, that He should lay such an affliction on me in my old age."
-Rebecca Nurse


Like all good Protestants, Rebecca Nurse pleaded innocence but blamed herself for some unknown secret sin which displease God so much that he punished her with false accusations of witchcraft.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ghost Stories

The Results Are In...

For the poll,

"With The Premiere Of ABC's "Eastwick" On September 23rd, Witchcraft Will Once Again Be En Vogue. Are Witches Real? Do You Believe In The Power Of Witchcraft?"

the results are;

In Last Place And At 11% Of The Vote;

There's No Such Thing As Witches And Witchcraft

In Third Place And At 20% of the vote;

I Am A Witch

Tying For Second Place And At 23% Of The Vote;

Yes, Witches Are Real And They Are The Devil's Whores!

-And-

Some Of My Best Friends Are Witches. They're Really Nice.

In First Place And At 32% Of The Vote;

I Don't Know. Perhaps? Anything Is Possible.


Thanks Everyone For Voting!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Haunted History Of Halloween (1997)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0325530/

This is one of my favorite documentaries on Halloween. If you are interested in the true origin of Halloween, and not the false, fear-mongering version spread by paranoid religious folks, then this is the documentary to watch.

I only have two short clarifications for this documentary, 1.) The word "Samhain" (pronounced "sow-in", with "sow" rhyming with "cow", "sow" like a female pig) means "Summer's End" and not "November" as stated. I think the confusion stems from the Celtic month of Samonius, which is equivalent to our November, and 2.) The Romans did not influence Halloween. Halloween came to the U.S. via the Irish and the Irish were never conquered by the Romans. If I wanted to bicker, then a third clarification would be that the custom of "Trick-'R-Treating" dates back to only the late 1920's or 1930's, and was literally a form of extortion, with adults handing over sweets on the condition that their property not be vandalized. Think of it like a "social contract". "Trick-'R-Treating" really has nothing to do with Samhain and is frankly, an American invention.

All in all, this is a great documentary!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Highly Anticipated UFO Documentary "I Know What I Saw" Debuts October 4, 2009

James Fox's highly anticipated two-hour sequel to the UFO documentary, Out Of The Blue, titled I Know What I Saw debuts tomorrow, October 4, 2009 at 8:00PM CST on the History Channel.



As you may know, Out Of The Blue is believed by many to be one of the best UFO documentaries of all time.

If you haven't seen Out Of The Blue, then check it out below before tuning in tomorrow night.

Coast To Coast AM - Real Vampires, Night-Stalkers, And Creatures From The Darkside - Brad Steiger

Achaeologists Unearth "Witch Bottle" From The 1600's

As the title of the blog explains, Archaeologists in Stafford have unearthed a magical bottle containing a variety of items which was buried in the belief that it would repel Witches and other evil spirits.

Archaeologists Unearth 17th Century Bottle Used To Scare Off Witches

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The History Channel - The History Of Halloween

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

It's that time of year again. My favorite holiday is right around the corner. In honor of Halloween I will posting much on the lore, myth, legend, and history of the holiday, as well as providing several treats for my readers in the form of various spooky documentaries I can find.

To kick off the season of fright, how about some scare pranks? MWA-HA-HA (evil laugh)

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