Daily Archives: 10/22/2015
31 Days of Spook – The Munsters
Today we are going to highlight The Munsters. The Munsters was a weekly television show that revolved around the home life of some friendly ‘monsters’ per say in every day situations. The first show aired September 24, 1964 and the series ran until May 12, 1966. It’s hard to believe but there was only 70 episodes produced. All of these shows were made in black and white and I truly believe that made them even spookier.
There were several movies based on the television series that were also produced.
In 1966, Munster, Go Home! was released. This was the first time that the Munsters were shown in color. This is probably one of my favorites from the show. The Munsters travel to England to claim Munster Hall after the death of an old relative. And me being a guy, I fell in love with the DRAG-U-LA car. Snorts – now that was a car that I would love to ride around in – even with them!
In 1981, The Munster’s Revenge was released. Snorts – who would have ever believed the plot of this one! The owner of a wax museum creates robots of Herman and Grandpa and uses them as part of a plot to rob a traveling Egyptian antiquities exhibit. Really?! Of all the people in the world, they create robots out of Herman and Grandpa? Can you imagine the fun of this movie? Can you imagine running into Herman and Grandpa – shivers. That’s definitely what nightmares are made out of!
In 1995, Here Comes the Munsters was released. This one I had to watch twice because the first time I had one hoove over my eyes in fear. My fur was standing up on its own. In this movie, the family search for Herman’s brother in law, Norman Hyde, only to find out that he has unknowingly turned himself into Brent Jekyll who is running for Congress. See what I mean – congress – double shivers!
In 1996, The Munster’s Scary Little Christmas came out. In this show, Grandpa has accidentally captured Santa Claus and two of his elves while Lily is trying to win the local neighborhood Christmas home decorating competition. AND, Marilyn has invited family and friends from the old country to stay for Christmas. I almost lost my religion watching this one. This movie is by far the scariest of them all. Can you imagine life without Santa Claus – I know! That is frightening – shivers.
For the day and time, you might get some shivers of the spooky family that crawled up your spine and scared you – especially that hideous Marilyn. Now that’s a scary monster – snort shivers.
TRIVIA TIME MY FRIENDS – (Don’t cheat. The answers are at the bottom of this page – have fun 🙂
Name the five main characters of the show.
- What was the address to The Munsters home?
- Eddie’s pet dragon lives under the stairs. What is his name?
- What was Grandpa’s pet bat named?
- What was the name of the funeral parlor that Herman worked at?
Oh and by the way, mommy and daddy are big time fans of the show as well. They collect – I know of all things – collectible Barbie Dolls.
Daddy bought this one for mommy a long time ago for her birthday. What a sweet spooky couple, huh? snorts
May you have a chilling day.
- Herman Munster; Lily Munster; Eddie Munster; Marilyn Munster and Grandpa.
- 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Mockingbird Heights
- Gateman, Goodbury and Graves
31 Days of Spook – Fort Pulaski
Today, I’m taking you on a side trip my friends on my spook adventure. Today I want to talk to you about a place that mom and dad went to during their vacation to Tybee Island a couple of years ago. It was Fort Pulaski, a national monument, located at US Highway 80 E, Savannah, Georgia. Maybe it’s not full of ghosts, but if you close your eyes and listen hard enough perhaps you will still hear the sounds of battle. The park is open daily from 9AM until 5PM. You can go on a guided tour or roam the grounds by yourself. Mom and dad decided to go by themselves and see what kind of trouble they could get into – go mom/dad.
After you pay to enter the park, you drive over the Cockspur Island Bridge into the grounds. It’s kind of a dark picture to the right but the trees are gorgeous! Look at all of that rolling lovely green grass! So many places for this little porker to play – pets are welcomed 🙂
Then you start to see the fort itself – so massive! I don’t know why but mom was just astonished to the ‘moat’ that was around this huge fortress. Mom and dad said they were the only ones there for a bit and the silence from everything was kind of overwhelming.
It was like you could almost hear the gunshots in the background, the moans of soldiers and people talking. The wind was blowing and you could hear it singing in between the brick walls with the soft sounds of the water echoing. It was kind of eerie.
Fort Pulaski is huge. It was overcast this day so some of the pictures are not the best but hopefully you will enjoy them. Mom took this picture to the right as they were walking down to enter into the fort. It looks calm but mom/dad both said that the air was heavy.
They walked all the way down until the other side of the building. That’s where there was a bridge that they walked over to enter into the fort itself. For the building to be as old as it is (built in 1861), it is remarkably still intact. You do see some stonework falling inside of the casemates but as a whole, it is grand.
Fireplaces and windows are still standing as well as the cannons in the windows. You’ll even notice on the bottom of the cannon picture where the cannons could slide left/right for positioning of the firing.
And how would you like to be a prisoner of the fort? Look to this picture to the left of the ‘beds’ they used. Wood slats. Comfy huh? Daddy tried one when mom ‘locked him up’ in prison. It was kind of hard – snorts.
And I saved the best picture until last. The stairs to the top of the fort. I’m not mentioning names but someone thought they would wobble up these torturous stairs to the top of the fort to take a peek. Notice that the stairs do not have handrails. It was a great view at the top and I would have a picture to share if only mom remembered to bring the camera – silly mom. And she wasn’t crawling back down to get the camera she said. And also let’s say that mom took the adventure of the stairs and that night it hurt in every place possible. That’ll teach mom not to climb and old fort like she was a teenager – snorts.
Oh, and another missed photo opportunity mom/dad made. They saw and met a beautiful white German Shepherd while visiting the Fort. She was so friendly and mom got to love on her for a while with her parents.
So the question remains. Is Fort Pulaski haunted? Mom asked one of the workers and she was told no. Is it spooky – yes. Do you pick up “feelings” of days gone – yes. Mom and dad both said they could close their eyes and hear and picture in their minds the activity that happened once upon a time.
When mom/dad came back home, I did a lot of research on Fort Pulaski. To my amazement, there have been many encounters with the unknown at the Fort over the years. There was a story about a mother and son visiting the fort that were crossing over the draw bridge to enter into the fort. They met a Confederate sentry dressed in uniform with his sword. They spoke to him about his outfit and the fort. The mother then inquired about a restroom and he advised that he could not leave his position to show her. She thanked the man and with her son she continued into the fort to ask about the restrooms. There she was advised that the restrooms were at the entrance. She became upset and told the man about the soldier she spoke to at the drawbridge. The man advised her that they had no soldiers dressed in Confederate uniforms at the fort.
Then there was a time that a group of Confederate re-enactors placed a wreath at the graves in 1994. They then settled down for the night and camped out. During the night, a young 12 year old boy couldn’t sleep and was walking around the fort. Nearing the graves, he saw a figure of a Confederate soldier in uniform on his knees near the grave they had put the wreath. The soldier had his hat in his hand, then stood and faded away into the air.
Then during further research, I learned that an actor that you might have heard of did a movie at Fort Pulaski back in 2009. The movie was called The Conspirator and the actor was Robert Redford.
It’s up to you to decide if it’s haunted or not. Maybe someone needs to let the worker at the shop know that there has been some cases of mysterious sightings. It was definitely an adventure that mom/dad would be willing to do again… of course minus the stairs – snorts.