Welcome to our first
Such an exciting time of year!
It's cooling off a bit in the evenings now,
we had a low of 59 degrees last night!
You have to remember that our high's hit 112 in July,
so it was chilly:)
This Haunted Humpday is a bit abbreviated
due to the fact that I am now recovering from
I'm still a little weak
but the Halloween spirit is strong!
How many of you have heard of the Devil's Tree?
It's located in New Jersey.
According to the legend
A farmer killed his entire family then hanged himself
from the tree.
Many suicides and murders have occurred there.
Towns people swear it's a portal to Hell
since for some reason the tree is warm to the touch
and snow will not gather around it.
Allegedly, to touch it, is to invite bad luck into your life.
Several stories talk about how the trunk of the tree
is scarred from axes and chainsaws..attempts to cut it down
that failed, since death awaits any that may succeed.
One of the defining features of the tree is one low hanging branch
that is parallel to the ground..
this branch, was supposedly used to hang many
Is there anything like that near
where you live?
One of my favorite stories from childhood is
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow..
When the cartoon would come out
I knew Halloween was close!
This summer I went to N.J.
& I was able to visit
(I had to take a photo of the school.)
It's gorgeous there.
It's so green!
very unlike here, let me tell you.
With many areas just covered in trees, night time there is
very dark and scary...it's very easy to imagine
a headless ghost riding a giant horse through the woods.
I took loads of photos but my computer is acting up and I can't
seem to find any of them.
I'd like to show you a few creepy postcards....
And this super cute figurine...there's a teeny pumpkin inside the box.
I guess this story is my favorite because it's one of the very first ones
I remember reading on my own.
look at how adorable and icky these cookies are!!
this first one is created simply by dragging a toothpick
through a still warm from the oven cookie.
This one uses melted chocolate piped on in spider shapes.
When my sisters were little, about six and seven
they shared the back bedroom.
They both had strange things happen to them in there.
One time for example
the younger sister started screaming in the middle of the night
when my parents questioned her she claimed a tall man without a face
Had come out of their wardrobe
and was trying to take her older sister.
He disappeared when my parents arrived.
One time both girls heard a loud noise coming from the room
when they entered they watched as a small wooden chair moved across the floor on it's own.
As the little sister grew older (and the older sister moved into her own room) she continued to see and hear different things.
She was 13 when she saw the man inside the closet again, this time his entire head was missing.
On different occasions she would come out of that room terrified,
The light would turn on and off
a dusty, forgotten on a top shelf music box would suddenly start chiming
Her dog would jump up and growl and bark ferociously at an empty corner of the room
Sometimes she felt as though someone was sitting on the bed and the blankets
would pull off.
She eventually got married and moved away
but the weirdness seemed to follow her...
She recalls coming home from work one night
and putting her 4 year old daughter to bed.
Sitting down to watch a bit of television while she did a quick load of laundry
sounded good to her.
before too long though, from the corner of her eye
she saw her little girl come out of her bedroom...in an exaggerated tiptoe...trying to be sneaky.
she pretended she didn't see her, then as her daughter passed her she said "where are you going!?"
and turned to grab her...
there was no one there..the room was empty
she quickly got up and ran into the bedroom, and found her little girl was very deeply asleep.
I am now the owner of that same back bedroom
nothing has ever happened to me..(knock on wood)
Oh, I get creeped out occasionally,
probably due to one of my constant bedfellows
As for the man without a face/head
He resides in another closet most likely...
Happy October everyone!
(everyone that has a prize coming from me, I've not forgotten you!)