Tuesday, October 14, 2014


  There are several prisons located throughout the United States that are said to be the most haunted prisons in America today.  Individuals who are considered to be hobbyists and those that are considered to be professionals in the area of ghost hunting often find prisons to be enticing when it comes to the opportunity to validate life after death.  It is not uncommon for these investigators to capture unexplained voice phenomenon on digital audio recorders, indications of strong magnetic fields with the KII Meter, and even frightening images in pictures and video recordings.  Here, I will profile 2 of the most haunted prisons in America today.

Moundsfield  West Virginia Penitentiary

   The Moundsfield West Virginia Penitentiary is considered to be one of the scariest prisons on Earth according to individuals who have spent any length of time in the immense structure that once served as a prison.  Construction on this building started in 1866.  In 1876, the prison was completed.  Individuals who were ordered to stay at this particular prison had to endure many harsh conditions, including cells that were only seven feet long by five feet wide.

Inside Moundsfield Penitentiary

    Naturally, several of the inmates died while serving time at this penitentiary.  Many were put to death due to the nature of their crimes.  It has been estimated that nearly 85 of the men were put to death by way of hanging.  This was from the opening of the establishment until the year 1949.  Starting in 1951 all the way until 1959, electrocution executions were performed.  Nine men were killed in this fashion.  Then, luckily for many inmates, West Virginia did away with the punishment of the death penalty.

   The prison quickly became overcrowded.  Emotions ran high, and rumors of haunting's began.  In 1995, the prison closed its doors officially.  Since then, several stories of haunting's have been told.  For example, there was indoor area that was used for recreational purposes when it was impossible for inmates to go outside due to environmental conditions.  This was called the "Sugar Shack".  Today, several people have stated that they have seen apparitions and other unusual events occur in this particular area of this haunted prison.

   In addition to the haunting's in the "Sugar Shack", there are other events that have occurred in and around the prison that seem to be directly related to the paranormal.  Strange sounds, including those that sound like distant talking and even mournful cries have been heard echoing through the building.  Many people have even stated that they feel as if they are being watched or followed by something in the shadows that linger in the corners of the Moundsfield West Virginia Penitentiary.


   Alcatraz in California is considered to be not only one of the most haunted prisons in America, but also one of the scariest places on Earth in its entirety!  There are even traces of actual proof that spirits reside in this prison.  Many have what they claim to be ghost videos, while others have strange sounds retrieved from digital audio recorders that sound like voice.  Then, of course there are what many claim are ghost pictures.  This haunted prison has often been call "Hellcatraz" by various inmates, and it seems to hold a piece of hell for these inmates-even in the afterlife!

Some of Alcatraz's guests

   This prison opened its doors for the first time in 1934.  It was considered to be a "Federal Prison" on what is commonly called "Alcatraz Island".  The Federal Government felt as if this was an ideal location for military operations initially, and then considered it to be ideal for inmates that were serving sentences for serious crimes.  Various people ranging from the Indians, to captured soldiers from other countries, and even leading Mobsters served time and even died while under the lock and key of Alcatraz.

Alcatraz Cell

   Throughout the history of this prison, several have claimed that it is haunted.  There are great deals of individuals who believe that the area is actually a portal to the world of spirits.  While many died here, and often felt as if this was the only escape, the spiritual activity seems to indicate that their spirits are bound to Alcatraz forever.  Individuals who have researched the structure have documented some very strange and spooky sensations and experiences, ranging from full body shadows to floating lights that seem to be quite intrusive.

Alcatraz ghost

One of the most interesting accounts of haunting's in the depths of Alcatraz, is what is believed to be a poltergeist, or a demonic haunting in which several have referred to as "The Thing".  It is said that no one person is immune from this haunting.  It is described as a spirit that is not only honing extreme anger, but as a spirit that is completely evil.  Witnesses claim that this evil presence has immensely terrifying glowing eyes that appear to see right though the souls of a person!

Ghost picture

   In addition to this, there is a strong, negative energy that flows throughout the building and even onto the island grounds.  Several have heard noises that sound like that of many men pleading and crying for help, as if they are being completely tortured and are desperate for relief.  In addition to this, chains can be heard dragging along the floor and even falling abruptly out of nowhere-despite the fact that there is no reasonable explanation for this sound.  In addition to this, the ghostly lighthouse often appears, shining its light-which is odd, considering the lighthouse no longer stands.  This is why this haunted prison in America is considered to be one of the scariest places on the Earth today!
    Whether you are looking for haunted places to go, or simply enjoy studying history, the haunted prisons in America are quite attractive when it comes to pursuing your interests of scaring yourself!


Halloween Paper Centerpiece

ADORABLE Halloween Centerpiece tutorial on { lilluna.com } #halloween

In case you didn’t get to see it over at Eighteen25 last week,
I thought I would post on here my tutorial for the Halloween Paper Centerpiece.
This project was SOOO much fun and would be an awesome craft nite with the girlfriends.
I hope you like it. :)


- Box/Vase/Cart to use as Centerpiece Base
-Floral Foam (Found at the Dollar Store)
-Spanish Moss (Found at the Dollar Store)
-Foam Brush
-Scrapbook Paper
-Hot Glue


1. Begin by picking out your Halloween Paper (BEWARE: there are so many stinkin’ cute ones at the Scrapbook stores right now!!), and cut TWO 12 inch strips that are 1 inch – 2.5 inches wide (per accordion flower).

2. Put two strips together and fold back and forth until you are all the way through. Then, hot glue the two ends together as well as the other ends so it makes a circle.

3. Push edges of strips IN to make an accordion flower. Hot glue center and hold, and do the same on back. For another tutorial on these flowers, I used one HERE.

4. Paint skewers the desired color you’d like and let dry. I stuck mine into the floral foam to dry.

5. I wanted to add a little something to the skewers, so I cut out .2 inch white strips of vinyl and twisted them along the skewer. My hubby is super smart and suggested I stick them in his drill, turn it on, and let the drill do the twisting. It takes seconds (isn’t he smart?).

6. Add buttons or other embellishments to your flowers.
I used some of these FREE vintage Halloween Prints from Matthew Mead found HERE.

7. Hot glue skewers to backs of flowers. Set aside.

8. Add floral foam and moss to your centerpiece base.
I got my Halloween Box at Hobby Lobby for $7.
Not too bad. :)
Super easy accordin fan Halloween Centerpiece on { lilluna.com } #halloween

9. Stick skewers through the moss and foam int your base and arrange as desired.

Accodion Fan Halloween Centerpiece


   With Halloween just around the corner, the cameras are certainly going to be flashing away with all the amazing pictures that will be taken of all of the little ghouls and ghosts  in their costumes, to the amazing houses decorated to scare those little ghoulies and ghosties.  Years before your photos just ended up looking a little less than amazing.  This year you are bound and determined to capture those precious memories with some "professional" style.  So hers some tips on how to achieve great Halloween photos this year.

  •  Finding A Point of Interest- make sure you know what the focal point is of your picture.  The focal point will need to be the attention holder of the photo.  The item or person you will see first when looking at the picture.  Once you have determined the focal point make sure it is absolutely perfect.  It may be hard to achieve that with children, but pick the older child, place him in the middle of the other children, standing tall and then tell him to "BE STILL" and keep smiling.  His steadiness will make him the focal point.

  • Filling In Your Frame-To add that added punch to your photos make sure you fill in as much as possible into the picture.  To achieve a nice tight shot with people is to make sure you add as many as your frame will allow.  To fill in your frame an object the best way is to zoom into the object closer so you can remove any excess blank background.

  • Create New Angles-Did that pumpkin you shot last year look like the same one you took a picture of three years ago?  It's hard to make a picture of an object, that plain, stand out.  Try to create different angles to take the pictures from.  You should not have a problem getting that pumpkin, or any other object, to stand out in a way it never has before.

  • Candid Shots-The best way to get a photo shot of a person or multiple people is to catch them off guard.  Do some of your photos when people are not looking directly into the camera.  Have them talk to one another, playing with a pumpkin or putting on their costume.  When you have them look directly into the camera you more than likely will get the "deer in the headlights" look.  However, with a motion shot they will not have to worry about looking "just right".

  • No Flash-Sometimes the flash will cause red eyes or one point of interest to be more brighter than the other parts of the photo.  Either set your flash to outdoor setting, or kill the flash completely.  If you still need the flash, say you are in a dark setting and have to have a flash to pick up on the objects try to diffuse the flash with some cellophane.

  • Black and White- When going to print out your pictures, in stead of doing them all in color, get a few done in black and white coloring.  It gives your pictures a classic look and they become timeless.

  • Light From Below-When we just snap a photo, we usually capture the light from over head either with the sun or with a lamp light.  This way is always predictable.  To create a spooky, Halloween feel to your picture, place light on your objects from below.  When you are working with people have a flashlight put off light from below their faces.  When you are shooting a picture on an object like a pumpkin you can use a glow-stick to cast off the glow from the bottom of the pumpkin.

  • Creating The Red Eye-Contrary to what I have said about losing red eye look in Tip 5, sometimes a red eye photo for Halloween is much needed to create the devilish Halloween look.  If you want the person in your picture to have the "devil eyes" to enhance their costume then make sure the room is completely dark and have their eyes as wide open as they possibly can.  With this process you will most definitely use your flash!

  • Shutter Speed-Try to delay your shutter speed.  Either by setting it for 2 seconds or creating multiple shutter pictures like one right after another.

  • Bend Your Knees-Not every picture you take will be at your eye level.  Your children may not be the same height as you are and that pumpkin sitting on the ground is not at your eye level.  To get a great picture create the point of interest at your eye level by either bending down or even laying down on the ground.

  • Have Fun-Halloween is the time for fun and pretending, so make sure you have fun while you're capturing these lifelong memories.  Relax and don't expect every shot to be perfect.  Sometimes the best photos come fro the "oops" moments that you wish didn't happen.  Also try to do these tips the night before Halloween or a couple days before.  If you practice at taking your Halloween pictures, then when Halloween day rolls around, you'll be ready to snap away like a pro.