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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/31/16

Monday, October 31, 2016

HAUNTED HOTELS IN THE UNITED STATES!

   In the United States and all around the world are hundreds of haunted places. But did you ever think that while on vacation, the place you choose to sleep could be the very place a ghost or spirit is looking over you? Haunted hotels are known to be the most haunted places on earth.




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Hotel Del Coronado

 
 

    This hotel is located in California and is known to be haunted since 1892. It is also considered to be one of the top resorts in the U.S. There have been reports of voices and apparitions coming from all floors of the hotel. It is also reported that Kate Morgan, a young woman in her 20's was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her body was found on the steps to the front entrance of the hotel. Ms. Morgan is she ghost haunting the rooms of the Hotel Del Coronado.

 


Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel ghost




   The Stanley Hotel is located in Colorado and has a lot of hidden secrets and history behind it. Author Stephen King is known to stay in this hotel when in need of inspiration. His best selling book, "The Shining" is based off of the Stanley Hotel. There have been reports of children laughing, mostly in the ballroom, and sounds of piano playing. The ghost is known to be Freelan O. Stanley and his wife, who was once a piano player. He has been known for stealing guest jewelry and visiting their rooms in the middle of the night.




Crescent Hotel and Spa

Crescent Hotel ghost




   The Crescent Hotel and Spa is known to haunted since 1886 and is located in Arkansas. The ghosts and spirits in this hotel are not so friendly and are considered to be dangerous and don't enjoy guests. It has been reported that the spirits appear through mirrors and seems as though they are trying to reach out. Guests and staff members have recorded seeing hands come through the walls and mirrors.





Myrtle's Plantation

Myrtle's Plantation ghost




   Myrtle's Plantation has been proven to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. This hotel is located in Louisiana. Built in 1796 by General David Bradford was a place meant for this man and his family. But today is haunted by 10 ghosts that were murdered and didn't leave the earth on a good note. Most of the ghosts are known to be children. There are reports of a little girl skipping up and down the stairs, then disappears.






Provincial Hotel

Provincial Hotel ghost




   The Provincial Hotel is located in New Orleans and was built many years ago. It is known to be haunted by soldiers and hospital patients that have suffered throughout that time period. There have been reports of screaming and moaning of wounded soldiers along with blood stains that disappear seconds later. Also, there are feelings of being watched and followed. A lot of these paranormal activities have been caught on tape by ghost hunters.



Heathman Hotel




   Heathman Hotel is located in Oregon. There have been reports of multiple ghosts lurking the halls and rooms of this ancient hotel. The ghosts and spirits are known to do odd and spooky things. To let their presence be known, there are reports of moving objects, tapping, and faces appearing in dark corners. There have also been cold spots in one particular area in a room and voices have been recorded on an EVP.





Carolina Hotel




   The Carolina Hotel is obviously located in North Carolina and has been visited by many paranormal investigators. The investigators discovered this hotel is being haunted by William Jocoks. Mr. Jocoks was a man that lived in the hotel for over 20 years and was known to be a very angry man. His appearance is what spooked a lot of guests that entered their rooms. The described him as a large, tall, heavy-set man, dressed in an all black suit. It has been reported that a feeling of being watched was constant and William was always playing jokes. The man would always turn the door knobs as if trying to enter the room and appear on the foot of the bed several times a night.




Sagamore Hotel




    In New York there are plenty of haunted hotels, but this one seems to get more attention than others. There are reports, once again, of multiple ghosts that appear to be less friendly than most. It is proven that a little boy haunts the golf course and pulls off the wall tricks on the golfers when on the course. The boy is known to throw golf balls from behind trees and a loud burst of laughing is always heard afterwards. On other occasions, there are reports of a woman dressed in all white, entering every room of the hotel at different times of the night. The identity of the spirits are unknown.




Ramada Plaza Hotel




   There is not much information on this hotel and the paranormal activity that occurs. Guests have spoken and admit that something different happens everytime to a different person. This hotel is located in Wisconsin and is built on well-known land. It is proven that this hotel was built on top of underground tunnels that were used by Chicago gangsters. The tunnel ends in the hotel's basement. Walter Schoreder was the owner of this hotel and was murdered on the property. He is the spirit lurking the halls of his enchanted palace. Walter is known to turn the lights off and on in the rooms and the faucets turn on mysteriously. There have also been reports of screaming and banging on the walls

YOU KNOW YOU'RE A ZOMBIE IF???





  1. For a late night snack you have a craving for brain pudding instead of ice cream and pickles.(still might be all if you're a pregnant zombie)
  2. You start grunting a lot and pointing instead of speaking words. (more than just being in the bathroom)
  3. You drag your feet a lot while walking.
  4. Hygiene and using the bathroom are a thing of the past.
  5. You turn gray and green, your hair falls out occasionally, your teeth rot, and you become boney BECAUSE YOU'RE DEAD!!!
  6. You tend to sleep walk a lot with your eyes open.
  7. Hang out at the mall to be with your dead friends. (I might be thinking of teenagers)
  8. Sometimes find a gutter to sleep in. ( more comfortable because you really don't care, BECAUSE YOU'RE DEAD!!!)
  9. Lose different body parts over time. ( ears, eyes, fingers, toes, hair, etc....)
  10. Often find yourself rummaging through the trash at the county dump. (almost like dumpster diving, except on a bigger scale!)
  11. The last time you changed clothes was 3 or 4 weeks ago.(imagine wearing the same underwear for that long period of time, oops I could be wrong. Athletes do that if they're on a hitting or winning streak, don't want to mess with MOJO!!)

10 HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT!!


   Most of us are pretty familiar with carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating, but there are plenty of other Halloween traditions out there. Some of them are from way back when, and some are just from different parts of the world. Either way, maybe you’ll find something new to add to your All Hallows Eve traditions.


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1. Stingy Jack. 

   Stingy Jack, or “Jack the Smith,” is likely the story that gave us the tradition of carving pumpkins. The tale originates in Ireland, where Stingy Jack boozed his way through villages, begging and manipulating and being basically an all-around loser. The Devil heard of Jack’s shenanigans and decided to put an end to it, but Jack tricked him a couple of times and eventually won the Devil’s assurance that he would never take Jack to Hell. Jack eventually died, but because of his sinful earthly ways, he was denied entrance to Heaven. He tried to get into Hell instead, but of course, the Devil reminded him that this was impossible. Instead, he gave Jack an ember inside of a hollowed-out turnip and made him walk the earth forever, warning people of what could happen to them. Which leads us to another tradition…


 

 
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2. Carving turnips and rutabagas. 

   Here we carve pumpkins, of course, and it’s catching on around the world. But before we carved pumpkins, the Irish were carving rutabagas, turnips and mangelwurzels thanks to our friend Stingy Jack. When the Irish came to the U.S., these vegetables weren’t nearly as common, and so they adapted the tradition to pumpkins. If you want to try your hand at carving a turnip this year, there are instructions here. It’s pretty much like carving a pumpkin, but smaller and less gooey.

 


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3. If you’re dying to know who you’re going to marry someday, here’s an update on the apple stem twist we used to do as kids (or was that just me?). Unmarried women used to sit in a dark room on Halloween night and look into a mirror. Eventually, their husband’s face would appear in it. If a skull appeared instead, the woman would surely die before she could ever get married. 





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4. Guising is what they call trick-or-treating in parts of Scotland and northern England. Unlike here, though, kids who go guising are expected to earn their treats with a song or a card trick, some jokes or a poem. Guising has only been confined to Halloween in relatively recent times – in 1815, one account said that “Gysarts” were allowed to come around every evening from Christmas to “Fasternse’en” (Shrove Tuesday).






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5. Dumb Cake. 

   This was an old tradition during Hop-tu-Naa, a Celtic festival you’d have to specifically go to the Isle of Man to celebrate. Kids trick-or-treat and carry turnip lanterns, but they also sing Hop-tu-Naa songs. And in the old days, they used to have their own fortune-telling traditions. On October 31, young women would bake Dumb Cake over the hearth, including some soot from the fire in with the ingredients. When it was ready, the cake was divided up and eaten in utter silence. Then each girl would apparently walk backward to bed and expect to see her husband-to-be in a dream. There was also a tradition of sweeping ash from the fire over the hearth. In the morning, a footprint in the ash that faced in toward the fireplace indicated a birth ahead. A footprint pointing toward the door meant that someone would die.

 

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6. Barmbrack is another custom from Ireland. It’s a type of bread with raisins in it and can be served year ‘round, but at Halloween, certain objects are baked right into the bread: a pea, a stick, a coin, some cloth, and a ring. Each one carried significance, so if you got the piece with something in it, you would immediately know what your fortune was. The pea means you wouldn’t be getting married in the next year and the ring, of course, meant that you would be. The stick meant an unhappy marriage, the cloth meant bad finances ahead, and the coin meant wealth was headed your way.




 
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7. Coelcerth was actually observed on November 1, but that’s close enough for my purposes. It was part of a tradition of Calan Gaeaf, the first day of winter in Wales. For coelcerth, a family would build a fire and write their names on stones surrounding it. If they woke up in the morning and found that a person’s stone was missing, they knew that person would die in the next year. It seems to me that this would be the perfect opportunity to freak out your siblings…

 

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8. Allantide is a Cornish (as in Cornwall, England) festival celebrated at the same time as Halloween. One the games commonly played worked like this: a cross, laid flat, was suspended from the ceiling, and a candle would be placed at each end. Then apples were hung from the underside of the cross. The game was for children to try to get the apples with their mouths – kind of like bobbing for apples in midair. If they were too slow, the candles dripped hot wax on their faces. Ummm… fun?





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9. Soul Cakes. 

   In Britain, and in a similar tradition in Italy, children would go from door to door collecting “soul cakes” from neighbors. Each cake represented a soul, and every time a child ate a cake it was supposed to mean that they had freed someone from Purgatory. As a kid, I would have taken that super literally and would have been concerned about eating someone’s soul.


 

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10. Floured Slugs. 

   OK, one more weird wedding game for you. In 19th-century Ireland, women would sprinkle flour on a plate and then drop a slug on it. As the slug wriggled its way across the plate, it would leave a pattern in the flour that was supposed to show them what their husband was going to look like. I suppose it’s kind of like reading tea leaves, but I keep picturing this moment where a women sees the love of her life for the first time from across the room, rushes over to him, takes his face in her hands and passionately cries, “I saw your face in the slug flour!”