“There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational – or in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don’t.”
When famed author Lemony Snicket said this, he wasn’t talking about the Woodbridge Ghost Walk; but, when you think about the walk, the quote certainly makes sense. Usually, ghost tours, zombie walks and other events of the like can summon fears that don’t quite make sense; It’s easy to be taken aback by those in costume and gory makeup. What makes this particular event stand out, though, is its ability to recreate the past, put you in the shoes of those who lived it, and make those irrational fears very, very rational.
Every Halloween, Jane McLaughlin and Haunted History Productions present the citizens of New Jersey with the Woodbridge Ghost Walk: fun, fascinating 40-minute guided tours into the spirit-filled past of New Jersey’s oldest-chartered settlement. Some of the stories you hear along the way will be real, and others fictional. Which is which is up to the attendees to decide.
“What we do here is blend the real history and citizens of the town with ghost stories,” says McLaughlin. “We like to put our own creepy spell on actual happenings, then bring those stories to life.”
Costumed guides (Most of whom are students and instructors from McLaughlin’s European School of Dance) tell the stories of New Jersey’s first European settlers, Revolutionary War heroes and members of Victorian society, among others. Dressed in the clothing from their respective time periods, all cast members are supplied with ghoulish makeup and accessories to appear as the spirits of famous, infamous and fictional local residents of the town’s past.
“What’s really nice,” says McLaughlin, “is that it’s only $6 per ticket, so you can take the whole family.” She does suggest, though, to bring your children to the earlier scheduled walks, as it gets progressively scarier as the night progresses.
So, whether you want to learn more about the Jack the Ripper copycat who once roamed the streets of town, or if wondering about the well in the Parker Press (and why it’s been sealed up for decades) has kept you awake at night, the Woodbridge Ghost Walk is a must this October.
At first glance Villisca, Iowa seems like any other middle class Midwestern town. But Villisca has a macabre history that many townsfolk would just as soon forget. If you go to Villisca and you know where to look, you will find an old white house nestled along a residential street. This house is different than other houses in that it was the site of a horrific murder that remains unsolved to this very day.
On the night of June 10th, 1912 this white house would turn to blood red. On this night, the Murder House as it is known today, witnessed the Villisca Axe Murders, in which the entire family of Josiah Moore and two other guests, a total of eight people, were savagely murdered.
Here are the facts:
-Eight people were murdered with an axe that was left at the crime scene.
-All of the victims appeared to have been sleeping at the time of the attacks.
-All of the victims faces were covered with bedclothes after they were killed.
-The ceiling of the parents bedroom and the childrens room showed gouge marks believed to be caused by the upswing of an axe.
-A pan of bloody water was discovered on the kitchen table along with a plate of uneaten food.
-A slab of bacon was on the floor in the downstairs bedroom lying near the axe and a second slab of bacon was found in the icebox.
In the immediate aftermath of the slayings there were a few suspects, including a priest, however, no one was ever convicted of the crime. Today, you can go to the small town and take a tour of the house, which was featured on a recent episode of Ghost Adventures. Some locals believe that the ghost of one or more of the victims of this murder still haunt the house. A documentary was made about the incident; titled, Villisca: Living With a Mystery, the film provides some of the most thorough information on the case. There was even a book written by Roy Marshall called, Villisca, which also details the events. As the 100 year anniversary has already come and gone, it seems unlikely that this mystery will ever be solved.
Anyone who has seen Dawn of the Dead has at some point discussed the idea of a zombie-proof house. Normally, the debates end in both parties agreeing that you would need a ton of money and enough time to build the house before the apocalypse occurs. Well, someone has actually followed through on that idea and created a marvelous piece of zombie-proof architecture, named the Safe House.
KWK Promes, a Polish architectural design company, has gone and created the world’s first zombie-proof house. Equipped with moving walls, a shifting security perimeter, a retractable drawbridge entrance, and a safety/loading zone, this house is guaranteed to withstand the relentless assault of any number of zombies.
Typically, the house is left ‘open’ during the day, revealing the windows and the internal rooms. In addition, the shifted walls that were once covering the first floor areas then create an external area of safety. When you want to lock down the house, you simply shift the walls again.
When the walls are ‘closed,’ there is no way of getting into the house. This is a completely sealed, encapsulated structure that leaves no chances for anyone or any thing to get inside. Zombies, crazies, abominations, you name it and it stands no chance of consuming the occupants inside.
The only entrance into the house is through a retractable drawbridge on the second floor. Individuals hoping to get inside must wait at a loading area (seen in the second picture) for the drawbridge to descend. Once the people are inside the house, the drawbridge can be lifted back into place, sealing the house once more.
As long as the occupants have food, which I assume they have more than enough since they went through all the trouble of building this house, they will be kept safe and sound within their impenetrable fortress. Come zombie apocalypse or utter social deterioration, this house is in for the long haul.
The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security, says the KWK Promes website. With a house like this, who couldn’t feel absolutely secure?
WARNING: you probably won’t like what you are about to read. If you are easily offended… don’t read it. If you are open to everything super weird and don’t take things seriously (this is clearly completely made up ) then please continue…..
You guys are the ones thinking it, so why not feed the fire?
Let me take you on an intimate journey…. into the depths of my awesomeness.
First come walk with me through my chamber. The walls, ceiling, and floors are going to move around a bit so try to keep your balance. Don’t worry about the skeletons. They won’t hurt you, they are already dead. duh. Or was it not the skeletons you were worried about? In any case, please excuse the mess. My slave boys have been doing a bad job cleaning up… so now they are a bit… tied up. I’ll introduce them to you in a minute….
Oh… look out… that’s Jack, my ex. He had a bit too much of the rum and ran off with some wenches without me. We had a little talk and everything is fine now. In fact, he always seems to be hanging around. Kisses baby!
Now if you will step this way….
Let me show you my absolute most prized possession. By possession, I mean possessed. Meet the little one. You guys are all curious about this bed breaking “devil sex”… Well here is the bi-product of a freakish yet loving environment. Isn’t she just darling? She has my eyes. Careful, don’t get too close. She hasn’t fed yet today and when she’s really hungry she’ll spin her head around and vomit at you.
Keep walking with me please.
If you look right ahead I’d like to show you my behavioral reinforcement table. Just ignore this man laying here. He is a disappointment. He likes to dress like a show pony and have me train him… yet in our last session he failed numerous times to pick up his leads as a proper show pony should. He also spoke out when disciplined. Ponies do not speak. Therefore he has to go through the shocks. I keep the hood on at all times of course. Here let me turn on the shocks for you. He needs to learn his lesson anyway…..
Speaking of bad boys. Here is #359 (the slaves here live by numbers, not names). This one failed to clean my chambers properly after one of my sessions. He even forgot which floggers go where. I’m very upset with him. He has been in the stocks for a couple of weeks. I let his feet free so he can move about and clean the floors with a broom in his mouth. He’s learning slowly but surely. If he keeps up the good work I may let him out soon!
Finally, meet Larry. He kept getting excited on me… despite numerous warnings not to. So I blindfolded him and let him play with my pets. I don’t think it will be a problem anymore.
That concludes the tour. I hope you enjoyed looking into my world. So… are we still on for that dinner and a movie date or what?
As you will soon learn on MTV’s Cut Throat challenge in Prague… things aren’t always as they seem.
I’ll let the story unfold to you as it will, but after living in this haunted castle, I really do believe in ghosts. Many things went bump in the night, and not just in the Gray team bedroom.
There is something we were not supposed to know about. The house we now called home had been vacant for years before we invaded it with our drunken ignorant American ways. The audio equipment, the cameras, the lights, the Challenge cast…. We disturbed something. There were some things not meant to be seen and not meant to be messed with. We poked… we joked… and then we were given signs that we were not welcome there.
There is a room in that house that is considered sacred. This room is off limits… but a few of us didn’t listen. Two of the people who messed with the spirits of the house have already been eliminated in an intense Gulag. Coincidence?
I won’t reveal anything just yet, but keep your eyes wide and your mind open for the supernatural.
Have you been on the FrightCatalog.com Facebook page lately? Fans from all over are sharing photos and videos from Halloweens past — especially the amazing yard decorations and home-based haunted houses. Envious? You too can create an awesome haunted room or yard! There are more cool decorations on FrightCatalog.com than anyone could ever cover in one blog post, but here are a some of the new higher end props (and one budget-friendly fun pick):
Scar the neighbor kids for life with this scary 8-foot puppet that appears to move and walk on its own. $2,750.99.
Scary life-sized latex mummy torso to decorate your lawn or snack table. $299.99
It’s August, which means one thing: time to go out and audition for a Halloween job at one of the many haunted attractions or theme parks. These attractions need ghouls, so get out there!
Look up local attractions on hauntworld.com for audition information, or try out for one of these gigs:
Six Flags Great Adventure FrightFest will be auditioning actors, magicians, acrobats and other freaks of nature on August 10th and 12th in Jackson, NJ. Follow the link for specific information.
Eastern State Penitentiary, one of the nation’s top haunted house attractions, located inside the historic abandoned prison in Philadelphia, will hold its 2010 auditions from August 29 – September 1, with additional auditions throughout the season. No prepared monologues or headshots necessary.
Blood Manor in New York City is accepting online applications for actors and other positions.
Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses have a big reputation to live up to, being located in the Hudson Valley in Upstate New York, home of Washington Irving’s famous “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Call to schedule and interview/audition.
Salem, MA has tons of haunted events and attractions planned throughout October, with lots of opportunities for ghoulish seasonal employment.
When we last left our princess (you), she had just got home from an absurdly horrible date with a man that she thought was going to be her dream come true. He was rude, brash, cocky, and cheap. At the end of the date he still had the nerve invite himself into her home. Now the Princess has ideas of her own…
As you sit in the car and rethink the horrible date, your brain goes into overdrive. You are the Halloween Queen. This prince has no idea who he just crossed. You know this is going to be a date that you’ll remember, but now it will be for the most devious reasons imaginable. You are going to teach him a lesson he’ll never forget. Its time to put the princess away and bring out the demon he has awakened. He pulls up to your house and looks over at you. Aren’t you going to invite me in?he smiles. Oh yes. Oh yes, you are.
You turn to your handsome Prince with a sweet smile on your face. “Can you please just wait in here one minute… my house is such a mess. I wasn’t expecting company. I want to make it as presentable as I can for a Prince like yourself.” The Prince grins and gives you his signature wave of the hand. This is your cue to be dismissed.
You rush into your home. You have little time to make this perfect. You want make this date as unforgettable for him as he has made it for you. You quickly turn on your fog machines to set the mood. You pull out your favorite animatronics and plug em in. These are going to be your crew, your defenders. The Prince will never see this coming.
You head outside to wave down the Prince. You seductively invite him in. As he enters he notices the fog coming from under the door of one of the rooms. “Um, what’s that about?” he asks, pointing to the fog. “And do you have something for Halloween that I don’t know about? I mean…. it’s April for Christ’s sake….” He looks around at the cobwebs and Jack- O- Lanterns scattered around your house and seems uneasy. “Oh, you don’t like it?” you pout. “Halloween is what I live for. Any man who wants to get in my pants needs to get in my Halloween head first” you wink at him.
“Please sit down. Let me get you something to drink.” you say as you push him onto the couch. You head to the kitchen and take out your favorite champagne flute. You fill it with your finest champagne and drop your favorite magic potion into it as a final touch- LSD. Perfect. You saunter out and hand the laced champagne flute to your Prince. “Now, let me slip into something just a little more comfortable” you breathe into his ear. “You are one crazy broad but it’s hot!” the Prince quivers in anticipation.”OH, give me the dress when you are done. I don’t think it fits you as well as I thought it did. I’ll get you something else instead.”
You turn around and cringe as you walk away to the room with the fog. You close the door behind you and breathe. He wants the dress back? You’ll give him the dress back. You grab your stage blood and visciously splatter it all over your dress. Awww…too bad. You liked this dress…but this is well worth the loss. You get naked and splatter the blood all over your body. You slip on your own Prince CHAR-ming mask and get ready for the best Halloween scare the month of April has ever known.
You yell to the Prince from behind your door, “I’m ready for you.” Just as he opens the door, you start screaming. Holding your prop butcher knife in one hand and the bloody dress in the other hand. The Prince freezes in disbelief. All of a sudden Krazy Kristen starts screaming and thrashing from her metal wall. As the Prince turns an ice cold body falls from the door way and knocks him to the ground. The Prince, stunned, looks up and sees a half torso of a man twitching and jerking above him. You inch towards him making deathly gurgling noises and snaring. As the Prince wildly screams and backs away towards a different corner of the room, he bumps into Spitting Debby. She stops her eating and lifts her head up and spits a blast of water and air into his face. The Prince’s heart almost beats out of his chest as he screams and runs for the door. Finally, your favorite clown Chuckles bounces down from the doorway and you laugh in a horror of hysterics as the Prince falls and runs for safety.
You run after him. “You forgot your DRESS!” you snare. But it is too late. He’s already burned rubber down the street and in the next city before you can blink. You are left with tire tracks in your driveway as a souvenir of your dirty work and a warning to future bad dates.
You kiss your favorite Prince of all, Prince Chuckles, and close the door.
Our 10 days of torture continue with day number two. Before the invention of our much beloved electric chair, there was a different seat to die on, something much more terrifying.
Let me introduce you to none other than the Chair of Torture. A simple and fitting name for this living room essential. The chair is made of solid metal and boasts hundreds of sharp spikes. There are straps and bars to keep your legs, feet, and torso uncomfortably secured at all times. All you need to do now is give your truthful confession, or just exactly what your torturer wants to hear and perhaps you may be mercifully granted a quick death. If, however, you don’t wisely choose your words, you may be subjected to a long, slow, indescribably barbaric and painful death.
If your torturer is feeling particularly frisky, he may sit on your body, piercing the spikes further into your flesh. He may also tighten the straps or push down on the bars for harsh concentrated pain. If he is feeling more than playful, he may warm your seat for you before you sit down. By warming your seat, I mean that he will use hot coals to heat the metal to a hellish fire temperature. This will make the nails more easily pierce your body and burn you from the inside out.
The chair was considered so horrific and terrifying that the accused would often commit suicide before even coming anywhere near the chair. Death could be dragged out for long periods of time due to the nails stopping the blood from completely flowing out. If you survived the chair, you would not survive the consequential infections that would ensue from contact with the rusty nails.
Now, I’m sure you are asking yourself “where can I buy such an amazing piece of history?” Well, I’ve already looked into it and it seems that your local Pottery Barn is out of stock and unfortunately won’t be getting anymore in. However, Frightcatalog.com has several torture chairs for your personal enjoyment. Check out the new updated version of our classic Chair of Torture: the Ultimate Electric Chair. Your chair comes complete with a screaming, sniveling thrashing victim of your very own! Enjoy countless hours of shocking good times while your victim begs over and over again for mercy. You are the Torture Tornado. Put this thing in your living room and rest assured you will get the respect you deserve.