In my town, I get to see the 7th natural wonder of the world everyday–Niagara Falls.
In my neck of the woods, folks like the great Nik Wallenda share magical moments by walking over Niagara Falls. In my backyard, lovers come from all over the world to share passion, romance and steamy honeymoons in the presence of nature’s majesty. And in Niagara Falls, did you hear about the ghosts?
It’s nearly that time of the year again when ghosts, ghouls, goblins and sexy witches come out to play, broom sticks optional! Incidentally, my newest book Niagara’s Most Haunted: Legends and Myths comes out next week, just in time for Halloween, no coincidence there! Fifty is the number of “haunted places” I investigated on my tour through the places ghostly legends continue to haunt. There are haunted hotels, beds and breakfasts, boats, tunnel, school houses, waterfalls, forests, museums, forts, cemeteries and more to wrap one’s inquisitive mind around. After all, some claim the Niagara Region is one of the most haunted places in North America–after all, the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812 were fought here!
Halloween seems to bring the “child” out in all of us.
After spending the last two years researching for this book, visiting the haunted sights, and also bringing a resident psychic to investigate the paranormal, one thing was and is still obvious…people love a good scare! Well, Halloween is still a big event in the Niagara Region and around the world. The famous magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926. What is significant about this is Houdini is often associated with Halloween and also the museum that was once on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls which unfortunately caught fire in May of 1995. And now the Houdini museum can be found in Scranton, PA and they continue to keep the Halloween tradition alive…they have their yearly séance to try and contact the great Houdini. Since then, we have found other “spooky” ways to amuse ourselves!
Books and Hollywood have glorified, personified, embodied and abhorred vampires, witches, ghosts and now zombies, which are the latest craze.
Halloween allows people to get in touch with “their dark sides” or escape to an imaginary world of make-believe.
And yes, there are the legends of vampires and the un-dead to compliment the “ghosts” in my new book. It’s funny how many people are afraid of the dark, ghosts, things that go bump in the night, but always move to the front of the line to share or listen to a good ole fashioned ghost story.
In my town on Halloween, things grow dark, very dark like most other places around the world. It is the extra shadows cast, that makes some people nervous, or that howling noise or screeching cry in the distance that makes some ask, “Did you just hear that?” The best part is asking that question to someone standing next to you only to realize they weren’t real…they were a ghost! Trick or treat?