It’s almost the time of year when hedgerows sprout glowing orange pumpkins…
…doorways mysteriously develop intricate cobwebs…
…and the creepiest of visitors start hanging around outside your window.
Yes, it’s almost time for one of my favourite holidays, Hallowe’en; a festival that started back in pagan Ireland and is celebrated now in many corners of the world. If you fancy celebrating Hallowe’en the traditional way, check out the post I wrote last year about the proper Irish Hallowe’en.
I’ve had some thrills and chills this past year – the hair-raising midnight drive along Beartooth Highway, my chilling encounter with the horseman in Sleepy Hollow, and meeting the Van Cortland squirrel murderer to name but a few. But all this talk of Hallowe’en has got me in a spooky frame of mind, so I’ve been looking around for some suitably eerie photographs, and here’s what I’ve come up with.
Driving through Utah under heavy cloud cover, a line of eerily white fog started to creep across the desert brush towards the road. I couldn’t help feeling it was out to get us.
More fog, this time in the depths of the jungle in northern Guatemala, with an ancient Mayan temple looming up out of the mists. Breathtakingly beautiful, ever so exciting and just a little spooky.
The last photo is also from Guatemala. I was visiting a coffee farm just outside of Antigua, and noticed an extensive display of devil masks on one of the walls. They were in all shapes and sizes but the creepiest one of them all was the least ornate; a sparse black mask with unnerving features. Coincidentally, that same night there was a festival in the centre of town where they burned an effigy of the devil. See the whole post here.
So what do you find truly spooky? If you’d like to join in this week’s travel theme, here’s what to do:
- Create your own bone-chilling post and title it Travel Theme: Spooky
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
- Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes
I’m quaking in my boots in anticipation of the chills and frights you have in store for me.
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Hi Ailsa! Thanks for the great idea. Here is my submission: http://sannetiagostory.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/travel-theme-spooky/
Great shot, Anne, and what a haunting place Salem must be.
Hi Ailsa, I hope I’m not too late for the Spooky Party 🙂 Great theme this week. Here is my contribution: Spooky in Prague 🙂
Oh that is really creepy, Myra – surprised those skulls don’t put diners off their food just a little! Love the quotes as always – the Poe one is outright scary!
I had a good look and this is the spokes picture I’ve taken:
Yhup, that’s pretty spooky, mostly – there’s something really creepy about the tiny little hands and the eyeless face. Nightmares begin now!
The decorations are everywhere, but I’ve gone for a non-Hallow’een one. http://ayearinmyshoes.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/travel-theme-spooky/
Gulp. That’s really creepy, Livvy – all those bones. Whereabouts in Faro was this? I have visited Faro before but never found this place. Excellent discovery!
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Chambercombe Manor in the UK is supposed to be one of the UK’s most haunted houses
Looks like a great place to visit, but I think I might think twice about sleeping over! 🙂
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Here is my contribution to your “Spooky” theme. 🙂
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Great fun this week! Thanks. Here’s my entry: http://laavventura.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/travel-theme-spooky-sardinia/
Nice one, Jennifer, feels almost claustrophobic!
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Hey Ailsa! Thanks for the great inspiration.. .so appropriate… Here is my collection of “spooky-inspired ideas”… and we’re still a few days away from Halloween! Enjoy! 😮
Very spooky, and I absolutely love the photos of your three little pumpkins!
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that mask is beyond creepy …..
Boo! Here are a couple of ghost photos. The first is of a real ghost we encountered in Costa Rica and the second is of a woman dressed as a ghost at an annual Halloween event held in Ft Lauderdale.
That Costa Rica photo is eerie, Daniel, not somewhere I’d want to overnight! Gulp.
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Thanks again Ailsa for another scary theme! Here is mine!
Brilliant shots, Nicole, and spooky back stories to all of them. That haunted house in Costa Rica is my favourite, it reminds me of ‘The Shining’ too and that movie still scares me.
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Spooky, fun photos Ailsa. My try is: http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/travel-theme-spooky/
Love it, c & c – I want that spider car! 🙂
I love your spooky photos. Here is my post for this week
my shortlink: http://wp.me/p2EF02-ob
Love the outhouse and the foggy cemetery, Dana, and that witch made me laugh out loud!
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OMG part of me died looking at that photo!
Hard to get too spooky in Sydney in October but will give it a go! 🙂
Here is my late entry. http://empressnasigoreng.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/the-most-gruesome-thing-about-sydney/ Was waiting for something scary to happen and then it did! Now time to scrub down the kitchen.
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Those are great shots, Ailsa! The bat-man really is spooky!!
I finally got some usable shots today… so here’s my entry! Happy Hallowe’en!
Great post, TRS, yes, Sandy turned out to be very scary indeed. Hope the storm didn’t affect you too badly. xxx
We survived without any damage, but still have no power – Thank goodness for laptops and Starbucks’ WiFi!
Here is one (I think there will be more…)
The mask is cool.
very cool images Ailsa…we don’t celebrate Halloween like you guys.
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Hi, this is my entry.
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For this weeks theme I chose this as a real hair raising photo:
(aside from my spooky closet)
Please do check it….:P
My contribution 🙂
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I didn’t have anything too scary, but does gross count? Check it out here…
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Hi Ailsa, I love your pictures and the idea behind it all. Nothing very scary/spooky happening in southern France at the moment, but the foliage is beginning to look great!
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Only a few people do the halloween thing in Australia, but the marketing media try to encourage it…. This was my spooky encounter http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/travel-theme-spooky
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Thanks for this theme! Spooky in my garden:
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Had to do a second post on this theme, so different to the last one…http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/travel-theme-spooky-2/
Nice spooky photos. Thanks for visiting and liking my Weekly Photo Challenge Foreign post.
My take on spooky http://wp.me/p2Ce06-dx
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