Scout In Costume

I forgot to share Scout’s Halloween picture. He hated the hat but was surprisingly cool with the cape. He knows how to rock a great costume with the confidence of a model on a catwalk.

Here’s his other costume. He liked this one better because it didn’t require a hat that covered up his nice ears. He really does make a nice Batcat!

Happy Saturday, friends. Go forth and enjoy this day.

Happy Halloween

I slammed on my breaks in downtown Chillicothe on Halloween morning last October.

This was outside the Chillicothe Antique Emporium on Main Street. It is possibly the most terrifying thing I’ve seen in broad daylight. It really doesn’t get much scarier than clowns and this one appears to be welcoming guests into a portal to another dimension.

No, I did not go inside.

Here’s one more closer look. You can also see it in person as they’re using it again this fall!

Yikes. Happy Halloween!!

Chillicothe Ghost Walk: Porch Swing Days

It’s time to tell the fourth and final story from the Chillicothe Ghost Walk. My last stop on the tour was at an antique store called Porch Swing Days. That’s the business that occupies this building now but it’s an extremely old building that has served many purposes over the decades.

For some years it housed a business that sold tin like you find on ceilings in old buildings. In fact, the ceiling in here is gorgeous. Many folks remember it as a candy store too. Today it is a neat store that specializes in a good selection of primitive antiques and reproductions.

Our guide related stories about former business owners who still visit in the afterlife and about an elderly woman who she witnessed working at a Hoosier cabinet in the corner they very morning. The guide said the apparition wasn’t impressed with having a guest in her space while she was busy working.

The best thing about these tours is that you get access into areas that the public ordinarily never sees. In this case, we got to see the basement.

Before the ghost tour they bring in someone who visits each stop and attempts to communicate with any ghosts present. This person said that this is one of the most haunted places in Chillicothe.

She related a story about a man with a broken leg associated with the building’s old coal bin. She also mentioned two men who claimed to be guarding a portal of some sort. This comment freaked out the other people on the tour but I found it intriguing. There’s actually an underground tunnel in this old section of Chillicothe. I don’t know how extensive it is or where it goes but I got to see a tunnel entrance in the basement at the Crosskeys Tavern a couple of years ago. I suspect that this storefront is part of the tunnel system.

The only thing that I experienced that day that was even remotely unexplainable occurred in this basement. There supposedly is a woman down there who is alone and scared and who presented herself to the ghost hunter, smelling strongly of a floral perfume.

I smelled the perfume. Strongly. So strongly that I badly wanted to cough. And then it was gone. I don’t mean the scent faded. I mean it disappeared as quickly as it occurred.

So weird.

Anyway, if you ever get a chance to do the Chillicothe Ghost Walk, I highly recommend it. The cost is just $10. You go at your own pace and get a guided tour at each of the sites. You get a lot of history and some fun stories and it’s good use of a Saturday as we enter the spooky season.

You can search to find the other stories I’ve written about this year’s tour. The other stops were the old county jail, the Majestic Theater and the current Masonic Lodge.

Hillsboro Halloween House

Last year on Halloween I was out wandering around doing my usual Saturday thing when I came upon something that caused me to slam on the brakes.

Here it is.

This private residence in all its spectacular over-the-top Halloween glory is situated across the street from the Rite Aid in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Isn’t it fabulous?

Oddly enough, no one else seemed to be paying any attention. I’m assuming this is an annual tradition given the extent of the decorations, the creativity and presumed cost involved in making this macabre display.

Honestly, Halloween isn’t really my holiday but I couldn’t get enough of it.

These horses were pulling a hearse.

It’s a lot to look at and I’m guessing the neighbors aren’t super thrilled but I bet it’s fabulous after dark.

Five Little Pumpkins

Who remembers this old nursery rhyme?

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
First one said “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
Second one said “There are witches in the air.”
Third one said “but we don’t care!”
Fourth one said “Let’s run and run and run.”
Fifth one said “I’m ready for some fun!”
Ooo ooo went the wind, and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Happy Halloween

Here’s hoping that this Halloween is less trick than treat.

This bad boy was a decoration outside an antique store in Old Town Winchester, Virginia. He’s just one of many quirky things you’ll see along this pedestrian mall in historic Winchester.

If you go, allow plenty of time to explore the museums and shops and to enjoy a meal in one of the locally owned restaurants.