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The Halloween Haunt

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A short audio program celebrating our creepiest holiday. Hosted by the Halloween Haunter. History, customs, traditions, as well as spooky stories and poems. Available on all podcast apps.

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A short audio program celebrating our creepiest holiday. Hosted by the Halloween Haunter. History, customs, traditions, as well as spooky stories and poems. Available on all podcast apps.

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Huge fan of the Haunter! Don’t leave us hanging.

By Battletoad - Oct 10 2019
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Been listening and a huge fan since day 1! We need the Haunter like the Autumn needs candy corn.

Always Excited for Each Episode!

By Daisyann1 - Oct 05 2019
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This podcast is one of my favorite parts of October! Ready for 2019 episode!!!

iTunes Ratings

176 Ratings
Average Ratings
151
9
7
5
4

Huge fan of the Haunter! Don’t leave us hanging.

By Battletoad - Oct 10 2019
Read more
Been listening and a huge fan since day 1! We need the Haunter like the Autumn needs candy corn.

Always Excited for Each Episode!

By Daisyann1 - Oct 05 2019
Read more
This podcast is one of my favorite parts of October! Ready for 2019 episode!!!

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The Halloween Haunt

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A short audio program celebrating our creepiest holiday. Hosted by the Halloween Haunter. History, customs, traditions, as well as spooky stories and poems. Available on all podcast apps.

Rank #1: Disney’s Haunted Mansions

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They are some of the most popular attractions at the Disney Parks. And they’re haunted. Learn more about the houses and find every episode at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Make sure you like the Haunt on Facebook, and you follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and on Google+.

Learn more about Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion from the LA Times. Interesting facts about the mansions are at Ray Keim’s Haunted Dimensions and Mental_Floss. And Wikipedia will tell you all about the Haunted Mansions, the Phantom Manor in Paris, and Mystic Manor in Tokyo.

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Oct 29 2016

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Rank #2: The Bell Witch Cave

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A witch story and ghost story in one. Perfect. Find all the episodes at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Make sure you join us on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+.

Learn more from the official website of the Bell Witch Cave, the Bell Witch Website (unofficial?), and PrairieGhosts.com. Wikipedia will tell you about both the Bell Witch and the Bell Witch Cave.

Music:

“Tombstone” by Twilight Productions

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Oct 29 2015

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Rank #3: Haunted Hollywood

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Hooray for haunts…and Hollywood has plenty. Learn about a few now.  Scroll down, look to the left if you want to give. The Halloween Haunt is on Facebook. I suggest you set it to be on the top of your News Feed so you see everything. Also find out about many Halloween happenings @HalloweenHaunt on Twitter. Everything, including all of the episodes, are at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Learn more about the first and second stories from Prairieghosts.com. More on Hollywood hauntings from TimeOut Los Angeles and Curbed Los Angeles.

Find more haunted places at Haunted.TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Music:

A New Start” by rb10c (from MacJams.com)

Iron Horse – Distressed” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“From a Peace to an Inn Fight” by Gyügyei “Grifion” Gábor (from MacJams.com)

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Oct 29 2017

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Rank #4: Annabelle the Doll

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Our friend Zach on Facebook suggested I look into Annabelle the Doll, since I talked about Robert a few years ago. Since I started this season with a movie doll, I figured why not end with one? Except this movie doll is real. If you have any real-life horror (or just spookiness) you would like me to share with the world, there are many ways to tell me. You could make like Zach and use our Facebook page, or Twitter @HalloweenHaunt or our Google+ page. And of course HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, where you can find all of the episodes.

The New England Society for Psychic Research is the Warrens’ organization, with a page devoted to Annabelle. The Warrens’ Occult Museum has its own Facebook page, too.

Music:

“Witching Hour,” “All Hallows,” “Doll House,” and “Seance” by Sam Haynes from the album “Welcome to the Horror Show”
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Oct 29 2013

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Rank #5: About “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving

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A classic from the early days of the U.S, with a keen headless guy. Find all of the episodes on TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+.

Wikipedia has much more about Washington IrvingThe Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., and the story itself, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Historical Digression has more about the story.

Hear more about The Headless Horseman in the Halloween Haunt.

Music:

“Duel with the Battlegod” by Gyügyei “Grifion” Gábor (from MacJams.com)

“Unnatural Situation” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Oct 10 2015

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Rank #6: The Slender Man

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One of the oldest legends…or one of the newest? Could he be real? Tell me what you think at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Join us all year on Facebook, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Google+.

Wikipedia has much on the Slender Man. KnowYourMeme  speculates on precursors. The Slender Man has his own wiki. The CreepyPasta wiki has a Slender Man section.

Music:

“Not as it Seems” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Slow Ticking Clock” by Kevin Macleod (freepd.com)

“Hellfire Club” by Tony Longworth from “Halloween Home Haunts (Original Soundtrack)”
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“Aftermath” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Oct 29 2014

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Rank #7: Shakespeare’s Three Witches from “Macbeth”

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Witches as evil hags wasn’t a new idea at the time, but this play may be the reason that’s the first thing we think of when we think of witches. Find lots of Halloween info on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook. and Google+. And at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Read the scene for yourself here, then read the rest of the play.

Music:

“Penumbra” and “Tikopia” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Oct 26 2015

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Rank #8: Urban Legends

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For Robin on Facebook, we discuss the stories which arise seemingly from nowhere. Follow us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. “Like” our Facebook page. Everything, including all of the episodes, are at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Believe it or not, you can find more urban legends at Cosmopolitan.com. And learn more about urban legends from Wikipedia.

Music:

Colossus” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

Bonus music:

“On Halloween” by The Taters from the album “DON’T SCREAM! Songs to Keep You Up at Night!

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Oct 02 2018

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Rank #9: Trick or Treat Time

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We revisit a favorite topic. It could be argued that trick-or-treating is one reason Halloween is what it is today. If you scroll nearly all the way down at TheHalloweenHaunt.com you’ll find the original trick-or-treat episode, along with nearly all the existing episodes . Please put the program in one of your Google+ circles, follow me on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and please “like” our Facebook page.

History.com goes over the…history of trick-or-treating quite nicely, as does Wikipedia

Music:

“Sneaky Snitch” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Witching Hour” by Sam Haynes from the album “Welcome to the Horror Show”

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Oct 01 2014

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Rank #10: The Mystery of Roanoke Island

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Back before there was a United States, one of the early settlements was Roanoke Island. It didn’t go well. But what happened to the people? Justin in California suggested this on the Halloween Haunt Facebook page. I give you Halloween news on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. If you would like to give to the Haunt, scroll down TheHalloweenHaunt.com and look to the left. Thank you. That’s also where you’ll find every episode.

Wikipedia has a wealth of knowledge about Roanoke Island, John White, Virginia Dare, and much more. National Geographic looks into evidence that we’ve found evidence of the colony.

Music:

“Edge of Night” by Sam Haynes from “Something Wicked–Halloween and Horror Music for Halloween 2016”

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Oct 04 2017

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Rank #11: Black Cats

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Few things say Halloween like black cats, although they are delightful any time of year. Thank you, Robin, for another excellent suggestion on Facebook. I tweet at @HalloweenHaunt. Much more can be found at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Wikipedia will tell you much about the history of black cat superstition.  I will tell  you much about witches (with a bit about their familiars thrown in) at Witches.TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

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Oct 13 2018

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Rank #12: Irish Halloween Traditions

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Many of our favorite Halloween traditions come from Ireland, but not all made it over here. I talk more about traditions at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Join us on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+.

Learn more about Halloween in Ireland at Ireland-Information.com, IrishCentral, and GoIreland.About.com.

Music:

“Celtic Impulse” and “Folk Round” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Oct 04 2015

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Rank #13: The Story of Interview with the Vampire

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It reinvigorated our love of vampires, and has quite the backstory. Be socially active with us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and Google+. Find all the episodes at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Wikipedia will tell you much more about the novelthe film, and Ms. Rice herself. Trivia about the film that may be true at IMDb. Find out what Ms. Rice is up to these days at her website.

Music:

“Echoes of Time v2” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Oct 20 2015

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Rank #14: Two from Emily Dickinson

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We return to the lovely belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson. First we present “The Soul has Bandaged Moments” and then “I Heard a Fly Buzz.”  Stay in the know with the Haunt on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on our Facebook page, and on Google+. Hear more poems and stories perfect for the season at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Music:

“Measured Paces” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech.com)

“Together” by Tony Longworth from “Tinsel and Fire”
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“Hollow” by Tony Longworth from “Aberration (Original Soundtrack)”
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Oct 26 2016

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Rank #15: The Haunted Victorian in Gardner, Massachusetts

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Home, sweet home. Well, two out of three ain’t bad. Learn about another charming abode for spirits. Have you ever experienced ghosts? Let us know on Google+. Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Facebook. More hauntings on HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

I first heard about this house from the Worcester Telegram. Then I found first-hand accounts of tours/investigations here and here. A skeptic examines contrary evidence here.

A very nice photo tour is online. You’ll find the Facebook page of the Haunted Victorian Mansion and a page dedicated to a particular evening excursion.

Music:

“Together” by Tony Longworth from “Tinsel and Fire”
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Oct 10 2013

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Rank #16: Haints, Boo Hags and Plat Eyes

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Travel with me to a corner of the American south for some unique individuals. More ghosts and other creatures will be found at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Other creeps hang out on our Facebook page, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and on Google+.

Learn more about these unique beings at this site from Ketchikan, Alaska, oddly enough; and Travels with Persephone; Charleston Currents; and of course Wikipedia. Learn about haint blue from Hidden Charleston.

Music:

Final Count,” “River Valley Breakdown” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Let the Suffering Begin”by Tony Longworth from the album “From The Outside Looking In”
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Nerves” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Oct 23 2016

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Rank #17: The Highgate Vampire

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It’s a creepy cemetery that’s well over a hundred years old. It must be haunted or have some kind of monster, right? William (@Midnight_Circle) on Twitter suggested the topic. I post often on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Here is where I am on Google+. And of course Facebook. Tell us your urban legend at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Wikipedia has much of the sordid story, as well as a straight history of the cemetery.

About.com has a few of the anecdotes I decided not to share.

He is now Bishop Seán Manchester and he has a blog. At least I think he does; in fact, he seems to have several. Here is another recent one.

David Farrant is a psychic investigator and he has a website.

Music:

“Midnight Meeting” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech.com)

“Night Caller” and “The Other Side (remix)” by Sam Haynes from “Spine Chillers–Horror music for Halloween”

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Oct 10 2014

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Rank #18: The Loch Ness Monster

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A real-life monster, a large water animal, or–something else? Or nothing else? Bruno on  Facebook suggested it. Talk about it on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Google+. And, of course, on TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Learn more about the monster on Wikipedia, Nova from PBS, and Nessie’s own site. The Telegraph details Google’s efforts.

Music:

“Long Note Four” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Oct 13 2015

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Rank #19: “A Wireless Message” by Ambrose Bierce

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Another spooky tale from the great Ambrose Bierce. Tell me your spooky story at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Join the Halloween party on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and Google+.

Read along with me at AmbroseBierce.org.

Music:

“Anxiety” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Sinister Lullaby” by Sam Haynes from “Spine Chillers–Horror music for Halloween”

“Death Comes Creeping In” by Sam Haynes from “Spine Chillers–Horror music for Halloween”

“The Gargoyle” by Sean Timms from “The Gargoyle and Other Stories: The Orchestral Music of Sean Timms”
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Oct 17 2015

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Rank #20: Random Halloween Facts 2016

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What can we expect from this Halloween season? A few clues are contained. Tell us how you will celebrate at TheHalloweenHaunt.com. Also on Facebook, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and Google+.

Find more Halloween stats from the National Retail Foundation here. The Motley Fool has a bit more. The Los Angeles Times has some California-centric information and more from 2015.

Music:

“Evil Dream” by Sam Haynes from “Horror and Halloween” (Find all of Sam’s currently available music here)

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Oct 10 2016

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