Category Archives: Haunting History

Happy Halloween!

Best witches…er, wishes! for an enchanting Halloween night and a spellbinding Samhain. After you pack away your costumes and blow out your Jack o’lanterns, please join me at Cool Yule to celebrate the fun and wonder the winter holidays have … Continue reading

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Happy National Wicked Witch Day!

Today is the day we celebrate wicked witches (not that all witches are wicked!) What would we do without our wicked witches? Do we not need villains to test our goodness and to help us face our fears?  Of course, … Continue reading

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Spooky Word of the Week: Sepulchral

It’s almost Halloween! Today’s word is sepulchral. It is an adjective that is derived from the word sepulchre — a word that means tomb. It comes from the Latin word for grave (sepulchrum). Sepulchral means something that is gloomy (dark … Continue reading

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Spooky Word of the Week: Lycanthropy

Many a man who is pure of heart And says his prayers by night May become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms And the autumn moon shines bright. Tonight, in honor of the full moon this week, our spoooky word … Continue reading

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Are you scared? Be very scared…

Because today is Face Your Fears Day. It’s normal to be afraid of some things. But phobias are different. Phobias are strong and irrational fears or aversions. Phobias plague you when you know you shouldn’t be afraid but you just … Continue reading

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Spooky Word of the Week: Phantasmagoria

If you are a film buff, I think you will take a special interest in this week’s spooky word. Phantasmagoria is a word with a fascinating history. In current usage, phantasmagoria means a sequence of imaginary and often scary images, … Continue reading

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Spooky Word of the Week: Macabre

The spooky word of the week is “macabre.” It is an adjective meaning focused on death or the gruesome. For example, Edgar Allan Poe’s works could rightfully be described as macabre. The word has a rich and complex history, including … Continue reading

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The Harvest Moon shines tonight – meditation and more

Today is the Harvest moon. Several cultures celebrate this special day with unique festivities, notably the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival. Jasmine-scented mooncake, anyone? The full moon will be in Pisces. The vibe with this moon encourages you to trust your intuition … Continue reading

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Happy Oktoberfest!

The Bavarian folk festival Oktoberfest officially starts at noon today and lasts through October 3rd. The first Oktoberfest was a public celebration of King Ludwig’s marriage in 1810. The festival involves parades, horse races, marksmen contests, traditional costumes, agricultural exhibits, … Continue reading

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Happy Frankenstein Day!

In honor of Mary Shelley’s birthday, today has been designated as National Frankenstein Day.  Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818 when she was only 18 years old. Lord Byron suggested she, he and Percy Bysshe Shelley compete to see who … Continue reading

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