Saturday, October 21, 2017

Creating A Dark Autumnal Atmosphere

Even before the days started getting shorter, the craving for cooler weather, chimney smoke, scary movies, and Halloween planning took hold for many of us who live for Autumn.

My Paranormal Investigation Team's Site

As our team honed its focus on experimentation and away from house calls, we para geeks are geared up to share our vast knowledge and our experiments, how they are laid out, as well as reviewing the results with the public to allow others to test these parameters too. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Candy Tampering

October 31st is noted as All Hallow's Eve or Halloween. It's believed Christians took this festival concept right from pagan origins of the Celtic Samhain celebration. There is much debate on how this holiday began, but it has become a most popular time for children to get candy and adults to put on costumes and watch scary movies. The basics are the same; scary decorations, costumes, parties, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, Jack O'Lanterns, apple bobbing, trick or treating, and horror themes. America has done Halloween up more than any other country, celebrating it full force with horror movie marathons to Haunted Attractions and huge parties.

There is, however, a much darker side to Halloween - like the tainted candy fears.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Great Horror Short Films

It's that time of year where we replay all our favorite horror films, but what's out there in shorts to enjoy this season? Here's some good ones - 

Vintage: How To Age a Mannequin Head

I wanted to make a simple cheap mannequin head into something vintage that looked like it had been left outdoors in the elements and aged over time. In my mind, this was a 1950s style head that had seen decades of neglect.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Custom Coffins

It may seem like a waste to spend a lot of money on a custom coffin to be buried in, but some folks want to go into eternity with a symbol. For some, it might be nerdy or even a hobby, perhaps an obsession. Let's have a look at how it all began. 

Did These Scare You As A Kid?

Country Bear Jamboree - any animatronics that looked real

Being a kid is hard enough, trying to master tying shoes, riding bikes, and bullies in school, but some things grabbed hold of our fears. See if any of these frightened you - 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What To Do This Halloween Season

Buffalo Ranch fries (Tolmachoff Farms, Glendale, AZ)

My weekend began Thursday night. I pulled out the flashlight and began to have all kinds of childhood fun and got myself in the playful mood for a Halloween-filled weekend. See Sunday's post about flashlight fun. Then, I headed to my best friend's across town to spend two days and two nights of crazy October fun.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Flashlight Fun: Be a Kid Again!

Remember holding flashlight up to your hand? Spend an October month with a flashlight and find some magic again.

What Are Shadow People?

Shadow people, a phenomenon reported more in the past several decades than prior times. What is up with that? 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Halloween Ball and Fundraiser!

You know you want to go to a Halloween Ball, but what if you could also help with a worthy fundraiser too?

Abandoned Ships and Scary Finds!

There's nothing quite as sinister as a ship adrift at sea with no crew, or one that washed ashore and became part of the landscape. Some ships had horrifying finds inside, others simply drifted with no backstory as to how it got there. Let's have a look at some chilling finds adrift - 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween Party Props - Cheap and Easy!

Some cheap acrylic paints, styrofoam balls, fishing line, fabrics, and 3" thick styrofoam blocks and you're ready to go for Halloween! 

Friday the 13th Movie Series Trivia

You might remember the first time you saw "Friday the 13th." I'm old enough that I saw it in the theater when it came out. I remember the creepy sounds were making me tense up in my seat. I even hid behind my hands a few times, not sure how the people were going to be killed. I had a low threshold for machete slicing.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Abandoned Farmhouses

Abandoned farmhouses are one of thousands of types of abandoned buildings, but there is something so nostalgic about them. 

Bannack Montana: Huge Intact Ghost Town With Ghosts!

It's a great month to discuss a ghost town as epic as the Halloween Season. Bannack, Montana has a reputation in its past and in its present....

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Festival

My best friend Julie and I have not missed one year of Schnepf Farms' Pumpkin and Chili Party in Queen Creek, Arizona each year since 2010. It is a pilgrimage we love even more each year.

Exhumed: Famous and Infamous Exhumed Remains

Upon occasion a body must be exhumed or done so by accident. Some exhumations can reveal unusual finds and many famous people who were exhumed are documented by curious witnesses. Let's have a look at some unusual exhumations.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I'm on the Radio Tonight!

You can hear me tonight at 11 pm EST/10 pm CST/8 pm PST on Wacky World of the Spaz talking about paranormal subjects and some of the Scooby Doo aspects involved in debunking. 

Here's the interview - 

BIO: Sharon Day was raised in Virginia, born in 1962. Her father, Stanley Day, was the designer of the Program for Alcoholic Recovery for the government. Her mother was an historian and art teacher. Sharon runs the popular paranormal blog, Ghost Hunting Theories, and author of many books. Sharon is a psychic who does radio appearances to discuss subjects of the unexplained. She works with NewLink Publishing, releasing her series of paranormal romance books, “SEEK Team Adventure.” She is in a writer and producer in pre-production of a psychological thriller based on one of her works.

How To Take Spooky Pictures

Scary is easy to find. It presents itself with light and dark, odd angles, and looming images taken from below. A nest of bare branches becomes something sinister - a portal to the macabre.  A dead tree and a storm sky takes on an ominous tone - 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Casting For New Halloween Movie?

When a new installment of "Halloween" was announced slated to release Halloween 2018, people went bonkers with excitement for a few reasons: One is that Jamie Lee Curtis would be involved and the other was that John Carpenter would make the score for the movie. Now, casting is being talked about.

Haunted Bridges and Haunted Tunnels

Tunnels and bridges aren't just ways to get somewhere, but they are riddled with dark histories. Let's take an extensive look at the troublesome tunnels first - 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

I'm on the Radio Tonight!

8 pm EST/7 pm CST/5 pm PST I will be on Episode 30 of Death the Show. I am ready to discuss all things paranormal. 

I've been diligently working to get the first book out with NewLink Publishing (they are looking for authors, check them out). I will be releasing a paranormal romance series of books - the SEEK Adventure Team series. 

The first book will be "Ghost of a Chance." What I love about this paranormal romance series is that in the backdrop of investigating the paranormal and all the terrors it can involve, a relationship evolves between two members of the team. The series includes real-life incidents to make this as real and educational as possible for readers to learn things they never knew about the subjects. 

Book two will be "Tall, Dark and Hairy" involving Bigfoot investigating. This series is a real passion of mine and it's exactly the kind of books I wanted to read, so I decided, why not just write what we need out there in the book world? 

Expect release early 2018.

I hope you join us for the show tonight! 

Creepiest Statues

800 stone statues - Mutsuo Furukawa Park, Japan

Stone effigies of people, characters, and religious icons are found all over the world for tens of thousands of years. Some of these, however, take on a sinister quality or unsettling feel. Let's have a look at some of those - 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bits of Wisdom and Insight From Abandoned Places

Sometimes, you gotta ask yourself 
Am I ready? 
I can't see a damned thing! Does it end? 
And if you still plunge into the abyss after asking that, 
you only have your instincts to get you out. 
It isn't the tunnel you are waiting for answers from. 
It's you. 
(Sharon Day) 

Autumn time brings with it reflection after the busy season, turning inward, tucking in, hibernating, nurturing, and family. It is a time to look at things in a new light.

The Relationship of the Dead to the Living

We can't know how the dead are connected to the living. That we call them "dead" seems such an oxymoron. They are truly more alive, more present than we can even imagine. Upon my father's near-death experience he told me "that was the real world, this one is fake!"

Friday, October 6, 2017

Halloween Pranks

Halloween is a favorite time to creep people out with unexpected pranks and hints at horror. Some pranks fall flat, like the severed body in the garage door (neighbors are weird about that kind of thing), but some pranks are just a pure delight. Let's look at some - 

Is the American Government Rewriting Archaeological History?

Sanders Mound, Texas 

There appear to be some inconsistencies in what the government-directed Bureau of American Ethnology/Smithsonian reported about the Native People of America and what they actually know. Much of it seems to be orchestrated, but for what end? Let's look over some evidence and discuss the possibilities. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Scariest Plants!

Chinese Fleeceflower 
(using a mold)

Plants are gorgeous, colorful, exciting, even tasty, but sometimes they take on very odd looks. Here are some of the scariest plants for this season's horror-loving fans - 

Ways to Photograph Yourself As a Ghost

My friend and often co-author, Julie Ferguson, tried out some techniques to make ghostly photos, simply. We share them here - 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hunt For Extraterrestrials: Josh Gates Expedition Unknown Tonight!

Remember the awesome 4-part episode of Josh Gates for Travel Channel's "Expedition Unknown" hunting Yeti in the Himalayas? Well, another 4-part series begins tonight on Travel Channel - HUNT FOR EXTRATERRESTRIALS! 

The How-To's Of Bonfire Season

Bonfires and scary tales - what autumn should be made of

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: "Hell House LLC: Director's Cut DVD"

It is always a pleasure to check out new indie movies as one of the digital press. I am a HUGE fan of all indie artists from music to writers, painters to movie makers. I was offered to get an early screening of the straight-to-DVD movie,"Hell House LLC: Director's Cut DVD" (directed by Stephen Cognetti). 

Bigelow: Dude, We Need To Talk

There is something about our world that is so hard to comprehend that we cannot fathom its depths and implications: This is both terrifying and liberating.

This is the kind of message I imagine Robert Bigelow conveying in his actions and his words.

Monday, October 2, 2017

I'm on the Radio Tonight -

8 pm EST/7 pm Central/5 pm Pacific
I'll be on Vegas Supernatural tonight talking about all things para including a ghost story!

Hipcamp: Fall Camping On Private Lands!

Fall colors in private lands not usually accessible to the public and camping! This is what Hipcamp is offering.

Weird Things in the Arizona Mountains

Yeah, that title grabbed you, huh? After stopping and taking a moment to realize some things about the AZ mountains, the title just rolled from my lips.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Food Network's Halloween Wars Tonight!

It's that glorious time of year when we look to the Food Network to get into all holiday cooking, starting with our favorite - HALLOWEEN!

Halloween Foods For Parties

Having a Halloween party of a movie marathon or just getting together with friends in your favorite season can be reason enough to have fun with the food table. Here's just some great ideas - 


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