To me, Halloween evokes memories of walking down Front Street in Owego, NY, kicking the piles of unraked leaves while dressed up in a throw-it-all-together costume. Clutching paper bags, my friends and I would go door to door seeking treats. There was a chill in the air, mixed with the rotting leaves that produced a scent that has stayed with me over the years. Never has an autumn arrived that doesn’t take me back to the old houses of Owego and the leaves.
It was a magical evening that enriched my store of memories that etched themselves in my fascination with the past.
Before the advent of such films as Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween, the themes were witches, Frankenstein, vampires of all sorts and ghosts. Every young kid on the streets that night became believers in spirits from beyond the grave.
It certainly didn’t hurt to live in a town overshadowed by the presence of the awesome Evergreen Cemetery set on a hill to the north of town.
Do I believe in ghosts? I’d like to say that I do but I am a true skeptic. I’ve heard many strange unsettling stories about my hometown over the years and I do believe some of them sound quite believable. But still I wonder. I have never seen a spirit (once in a B&B in Cooperstown a voice called me at night.)
I post many photos in my blogs and on Facebook and I love looking at supposed “spirit photos’. I look at these pictures and wonder.
Here are four of my favorite:
This photo has never to my knowledge been fully debunked or proven authentic. This is arguably the most famous ‘ghost’ photo that has been published.
I have no comment on this photo.
Again, I am not familiar with the background of this photo.
This photo has always fascinated me. If it’s a faked picture, it’s a very clever one.
[If you care to comment on any of these or just tell a ghost story, be my guest. firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Always great times around Halloween. I also loved walking thru the big piles of leaves and doing the trick or treat nights. Some houses were to spooky to even ring the bell. Spirits are very real to many people. Power of the unknown is very strong and the after life will always create excellent conversations.
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