Travel theme: Spooky

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.

arches national park utah monsoon fog

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.

mayan ruin temple tikal guatemala ruins

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.

devil mask antigua guatemala

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.



About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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241 Responses to Travel theme: Spooky

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  2. Anne says:

    Hi Ailsa! Thanks for the great idea. Here is my submission:

  3. Myra GB says:

    Hi Ailsa, I hope I’m not too late for the Spooky Party 🙂 Great theme this week. Here is my contribution: Spooky in Prague 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      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!

  4. I had a good look and this is the spokes picture I’ve taken:

    • ailsapm says:

      Yhup, that’s pretty spooky, mostly – there’s something really creepy about the tiny little hands and the eyeless face. Nightmares begin now!

  5. livvy30 says:

    The decorations are everywhere, but I’ve gone for a non-Hallow’een one.

    • ailsapm says:

      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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  8. Chambercombe Manor in the UK is supposed to be one of the UK’s most haunted houses

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  10. adinparadise says:

    Here is my contribution to your “Spooky” theme. 🙂

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  13. 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! 😮

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  15. kz says:

    that mask is beyond creepy …..

  16. danielfee says:

    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.

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  18. thirdeyemom says:

    Thanks again Ailsa for another scary theme! Here is mine!

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  21. Hard to get too spooky in Sydney in October but will give it a go! 🙂

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  23. 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!

  24. Jo Bryant says:

    very cool images Ailsa…we don’t celebrate Halloween like you guys.

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  28. sheladyanne says:

    For this weeks theme I chose this as a real hair raising photo:
    (aside from my spooky closet)
    Please do check it….:P

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  30. I didn’t have anything too scary, but does gross count? Check it out here…

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  33. 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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  35. pommepal says:

    Only a few people do the halloween thing in Australia, but the marketing media try to encourage it…. This was my spooky encounter

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  39. pommepal says:

    Had to do a second post on this theme, so different to the last one…

  40. Iamrcc says:

    Nice spooky photos. Thanks for visiting and liking my Weekly Photo Challenge Foreign post.

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