Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

October 21st, 2007
Have a Spook-tastic Halloween!!

Wooo-ha-ha-ha…it’s that time of year again, boys and ghouls, so make this Halloween a fright to remember! Let’s start with my own terror-filled tale. Just click to read about my recent trip to Transylvania!

*Poe Museum: If that doesn’t boil your delicious blood, perhaps a trip to the Edgar Allen Poe Museum will. Although it should be located in a fearsome monicker like Lynchburg, it’s actually found in Richmond, VA. With a plethora of programs includng Unhappy Hours, and a Poe’s Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 27th from 1 – 5 PM, this is a great way to kick off what may be your last season. Literary Divas will want to follow a romp in the punkin patch with the Masque of the Red Death Halloween Party that night. Quoth the Raven, "Get your ass to Richmond!"

*Haunted Houses: Do you love Haunted Houses? Why not check out this list of 13 Haunted Houses That Will Make You Wet Your Pants in 2007. Hmmm…catchy title. And Haunted Attraction Magazine’s current issue goes behind the scenes at Salt Lake City’s Nightmare on 13th. Are you a voyeur? Do you like to watch freaked-out folks traipse LIVE through a haunted house via hidden cameras? Of course, we all do! Then click on "Experience the Nightmare" to get the full affect…from the safety of your couch!

*Elvira: You know what gets me in the mood? Oh, stop, you know what I mean. I have been riveted to the best reality tv show ever invented–Elvira’s The Search for the Next Elvira. Now I am not a Fox fan, believe you me, but I have adored Miss Cassandra Peterson’s work for decades, and if she is wearing the scarlet letters of Fox on her ample bosom, then what can this poor fan do? 

*Haunted Historic Hotels: Now America ain’t exactly the oldest country on the block, but we got our fair share of spectres and spooks. Our National Trust Historic Hotels has over 50 bone-rattling tales for you to check out and then check in to, if you dare! From the Menger Hotel in my home town of San Antonio, TX, to the sumptuous Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, ghostly encounters are de rigeur. Do you have the nerve to visit the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Georgia? The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas? Or the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee? Not me, sister. Not me!

*Haunted Museum, NYC: I was just watching a show about haunted New York (check it out for listings like Beardslee Castle in the Mohawk Valley, and the Billup House on Staten Island!), and I was fascinated to learn about a perfectly preserved brownstone-turned-museum a bone’s throw away from my old stomping grounds—Merchant’s House Museum at 29 East 4th Street at Bowery. It’s celebrating its 175th birthday this year, and this Halloween will be a hit with events like candlelit ghost tours, cemetary tours and a Halloween Open House. Fa-boo-lous!

*Haunted B&B’s: Bed and Breakfast.com have spared no US region to bring you a complete list of the hottest haunted properties. In their words, "Great Places to Sleep With a Ghost!" Now, I like my undead to buy me dinner first, but you may have your own policy. Maybe they’re taking a cheap shot at your lover? How should I know? But I suspect that they are laying out their most fearsome four posters for your mortal enjoyment, encounters with the likes of the old gold miner, Lyle, at the Groveland Hotel. Or brave a spot on the Haunted Hoosier Trail in Indiana (loved that movie). And even bust ghosts in America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, FL. For great seasonal deals, check out the website’s Halloween Happenings.

I hope I haven’t SCARED you too much. Aren’t you just DYING to check out these terror-ific Halloween happenings?  

(PS: Do ya ever feel like THIS when you’re flying the commercial skies? On the horrors of flyin’ these days, check out this funny Opus cartoon on Salon!) Ha! :)

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