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31 Days of Spook – The Addams Family

 Today I want to go down a road that happens to be another one of my mom and dad’s favorite.  The Addams Family.  I know you want to do it.  I won’t tell.  Go ahead and snap those fingers my friends while you can.  Don’t be scared. Insert evil piggy snort.

The Addams Family actually got their start in the cartoons.  No, you don’t believe me?  Well let me educate you then.  The creator of the The Addams Family was American cartoonist Charles Addams.  Charles Addams was born in Westfield, New Jersey and his cartoons reflected around the macabre and dark humor.  The Addams Family was created in 1938 and were published as cartoons in The New Yorker.

On September 18,  1964, the first weekly series of The Addams Family came on television in black and white.  The last show was aired on September 2, 1966.  Funny thing to know during this time period, WIlliam Shawn who was the editor at the time at The New Yorker refused to publish any of Charles Addams cartoons on the The Addams Family while they were on television.   WIlliam Shawn thought The New Yorker had a more refined readership.  Once William Shawn retired from The New Yorker in 1987, The Adams Family was welcomed back.

In the television series, almost every member of the family demonstrated some uniquely inhuman almost paranormal traits –

  • Morticia was able to light candles with the touch of a fingertip. Morticia would also ask visitors if they minded if she smoked.  She would then cross her arms and literally start to smoke with smoke coming out in curls of smoke from her body.
  • Gomez was athletic.  His cigar would light the instant he drew it out of his breast pocket and extinguished when he put it back.  Gomez could also perform mathematical calculations in his head.
  • Fester generated electricity and could power a lightbulb in his mouth as a party trick.  He liked to ‘recharge’ in his electric chair.  And do you remember Fester suffering from migraines?  Do you remember the cure?  The cure was clamping his head in a vise.
  • Grandmama could whip up potions of varying effects and could fly on a broom.
  • Pugsley was always seen as being able to survive any mortal injuries including his sister’s regular attempts to kill him.
  • Wednesday was also able to survive any mortal injuries inflicted upon her by Pugsley.  She was also strong enough to bring her father down with a judo hold.
  • Lurch had Frankenstein strength.
  • Thing could travel from box to box.

TRIVIA TIME MY FRIENDS –  (Don’t cheat.  The asnwers are at the bottom of this page – have fun 🙂

  1. In the movie Adams Family Values, Morticia and Gomez have a third child, a little boy.  What was his name?
  2. What was the one thing that Gomez liked blowing up?
  3. What was Wednesday’s favorite toy named?  You know, the one that Pugsley cut the head off of.
  4. What was the address to The Addams Family home?
  5. What is the name of Morticia’s African Strangler man eating plant?

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answers –

  1. Pubert
  2. His model trains
  3. Maire Antoinette
  4. 0001 Cemetery Lane
  5. Cleopatra
 

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31 Days of Spook – The Munsters

Mean little animated ghost doing it's best to scare a BOO! sign 

Today we are going to highlight The MunstersThe 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 🙂

  1. Name the five main characters of the show.
  2. What was the address to The Munsters home?
  3. Eddie’s pet dragon lives under the stairs.  What is his name?
  4. What was Grandpa’s pet bat named?
  5. What was the name of the funeral parlor that Herman worked at?

 

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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.

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answers –

  1. Herman Munster; Lily Munster; Eddie Munster; Marilyn Munster and Grandpa.
  2. 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Mockingbird Heights
  3. Spot
  4. Igor
  5. Gateman, Goodbury and Graves
 

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31 Days of Spook – Deep South

Some friends of ours in the deep south here took a picture of their home a couple of weeks ago.  When they were looking at the pictures, they saw something that kind of stood out for them.  They didn’t see it while they were taking pictures of their house.  Do you see it?  Would you go back into your home if this was your crib?

 

 

 

 

 

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31 Days of Spook – St Louis Cemetery #1, Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery and Howard Street Cemetery

So you were brave enough to come back for another scare my friends?  How brave you are.  You may want ask your human to get you a night light tonight because it can only get worse from here – insert evil snort.  Today we are going to highlight some famous and eerie cemeteries.  Are you brave enough to enter my cemetery of the famous dead? I’ve wandered throughout the internet and done a lot of research to bring you some intriguing places of final rest… or is it?  I hope that you find them interesting.

 Let’s take a little stroll amidst the stones shall we.

When I think of scary and mysterious cemeteries, my first thoughts have to go towards New Orleans.  Let’s visit the St. Louis Cemetery #1.   This cemetery opened in 1789 and there are over 100,000 residents.  With that much of a crowd, you know some have to be a little unhappy with their final resting place.  I know I would be.  The most famous tenant here is Marie Laveau.  Marie Laveau was a famous voodoo priestess.  People visit her grave site often and mark three “X’s” on her grave.  People that do so believe that by marking the three “X’s”, Marie Laveau will grant them their wish.

The next that came to mind were two different cemeteries in the Chicago area.  One was Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Chicagoland.  I’ve heard about this place a lot over the years.  I’ve seen specials on television and mommy has read me different chilling facts in books.  Not only does this cemetery have a history of unexplained lights and ghosts, it has an entire house that mysteriously appears and disappears.  Many people that have seen the house describe it as a white farmhouse with pillars and a swing.  The other cemetery was Resurrection Cemetery in Chicago.  This story sends chills up and down my spine every time I see it on television.  It starts off with a beautiful girl who was walking home from a dance one late night.  She was hit by a car and killed and has been looking for a ride home every since.  I saw a story one night where a man picked up this lady at a dance.  They danced into the late hours and he admitted that she felt cold to the touch.  Upon taking her home after the dance, she asked him to stop in front of the cemetery.  She got out and disappeared into the air.

And how can we forget the most eerie of places in Salem, Massachusetts at Howard Street Cemetery.  With all of the witch hunts that took place here, this has got to be one of the most haunted places in the United States.  Just think of all of the innocent people that were slowly tortured and burned at the stake for the public believing they were witches.  How many of those spirits still walk around wanting people to know that they were innocent but forever labeled a witch.  Talk about your unfinished business in setting things straight.  This reminds me of a story that mom told me about a guy named Giles Corey.  He was officially the only person to die by torture during these Witch Trials.  He wouldn’t say that he was a witch so the sheriff of the time made him lay down in the middle of his field.  The sheriff then had a board placed across his chest and slowly added stones on top of the board.  Eventually two days later, Corey was crushed to death in a slow and agonizing way.

 

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31 Days of Spook – Ellis Hotel

Buckle up my friends… it’s going to be a bumpy ride today.  Today we are focusing on the Ellis Hotel that is located in downtown Atlanta, right in mom/dad’s backyard if you will.

The Ellis Hotel used to be called the Winecoff Hotel.  On December 7, 1946 it had over 260 guests checked in for overnight.  Around 3:00AM (the witching hour some say), an elevator operator smelled smoke near the fifth floor and notified other employees.  Unfortunately by that time, the third, fourth and fifth floors were already on fire. The hotel was suppose to be fireproof and it turned out that night that it wasn’t.  Due to being ‘fireproof, there was no fire escapes, no fire doors, no sprinklers or alarm system.  Over 119 guests perished that night.

The hotel was reopened in 1951 as the Peachtree Hotel on Peachtree.  It passed through multiple ownerships and in 2007 it was named the Ellis Hotel.  There are rumors of items being moved, voices, children running and woman screaming down the hallways.  One time, two weeks in a row, the current alarm system went off at 2:48AM – the same time each week.

Mom/dad felt festive one day about a year ago.  It was during their monthly date night and they spent the night at the Hotel Ellis.  It doesn’t take much to spook dad but mom on the other hand is a hard one to crack.  They stayed on the third floor in a very nice room.  Dad woke mommy up around 2:30AM complaining about the activity in the hallway.  When mom checked it out, there was nothing.  She didn’t hear it or see anything but dad said it woke him up.  Around 3:30AM, mommy woke up smelling smoke.  She’s very sensitive to the smell and she said it was overwhelming.  Again, she woke daddy up and he didn’t smell anything.  And for some reason, the elevator door went up and down a lot that night.  They could hear the doors opening and closing but no foot steps.  Needless to say, they didn’t get much sleep that night.

 

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31 Days of Spook – Dad’s Aunt Dorothy

Today’s spook tale is a real scary story, something that happened to my daddy when he was a young boy.  Are you ready for this?  Are you sure?  You might want to hold someone’s hand.

When dad was around was 10 years old, his mom’s Aunt Dorothy passed away.  She had a house in Blue Ridge, West Virginia.  It looked similar to this picture.  Up on a hill top, had a wrap around porch and was two stories with a full basement.  The house looked normal but had a little bit of an eerie factor… especially to a young child.  Let me give you a little bit background on some chilling history of the home.

Aunt Dorothy had a brother named John that also lived with her. There’s two different stories that circulated about what happened to dear poor John.  One was that Aunt Dorothy and John had dinner one night.  Afterwards, he stood up, crossed himself and then fell over dead.  They other story was they had a fight one day and Aunt Dorothy left the house.  When she returned from cooling down, he was dead.  No one knows which tale is how poor John really died.  Only one fact did remain – John was dead.  From that day forward, Aunt Dorothy locked his room and no one was ever allowed to enter his room.   And although the room was locked and she had the key, she would often mention how it sounded like someone was in the room at night walking around.

Upon Aunt Dorothy’s death, daddy’s mom and dad took him to the house so they could start cleaning some things up to sale the home.  They traveled out of state and got to Blue Ridge, West Virginia on a Thursday evening.  They went to Aunt Dorothy’s home the next day to start the clean up.  They went inside and it was cool inside, almost like goosebump kind of cool with the hair on your arms standing up.  This was strange because in that time during the 1970’s in this area, there really wasn’t central heating and air.  It was the middle of August and it was hot outside, in the 90’s plus.  Typical summer time weather – hot and very humid.  But, in the home it was cool and comfortable, almost ice cold.  They commented on how it was so cold that you could almost hang meat.  But they started to go through the home to see what they wanted, starting with the upstairs.

They found the key to the locked room that once belonged to Aunt Dorothy’s brother John.  The room had just been locked and never touched – as if he was returning back home one day and it was just frozen in time.  There was a book on the bedside table that was still marked where he had left off from reading.  Clothes were still scattered about the room.  The bed was still made.  There was a partial letter written on the desk to an old friend that was never finished.  The room had a eerie feeling like someone was still there and it was cold in this room as well.  One thing that was strange about the room.  There was no cob webs, no dust, nothing that looked like this room had been vacant for over 15 years. It was bizarre but they figured Aunt Dorothy had been in dusting.  But why dust and not pick up the scattered clothing?

Daddy’s father wanted him to go down into the basement alone to check for any tools that they possibly might want to bring home.  Daddy being all of 10 said sure.  How very brave of him.   Each step he took going down into the dark, cold and dank basement, he felt like he was being watched.  At times, it was like someone was following him but no one else was there when he looked around.  He found some things that they might possibly want and he gathered them up.  Slowly, he took everything upstairs with each step still feeling like he was being watched and followed.  And yes he was a child and you might be saying that he was scared because of his age.  Well, was he?  Let’s continue our story.

They stayed at the house on/off for the next couple of days cleaning.  They would go back to the hotel each night and return in the hot August weather with the coolness inside of the home.  Each day they were there cleaning and fixing things up, the house remained cool like there was an air conditioner on… but there wasn’t one. 

On the last day, dad’s mom asked him and his father to start cleaning up the living room area while she was starting in the parlor.  There was an old china cabinet that had french doors on the front.  When you looked through the glass panes, you could see a locked latch across the front.  Dad’s mom tried the doors, but she couldn’t get them open.  They were firmly locked.   Inside of the china cabinet, there was some sterling silver and china that dad’s mom wanted to take back home.

She didn’t want to break the doors in hopes of selling the antique furniture.  On the opposite side of the wall, there was a hutch.  She asked for the boys to come over to possibly help find a key to the china cabinet.  While the boys were searching the hutch, all of a sudden dad’s mom let out a chilling scream.

They turned around immediately and the french doors to the china cabinet were standing wide open as if someone had opened them both at the same time.  Dad’s mom took full advantage of the opportunity and removed the pieces she wanted.  Afterwards, she pushed the doors back together and the cabinet locked itself back up.  You could hear the click-click sound of the latch going right back to where it was previously.

We took the items we wanted out to the car while dad’s father took the trash out.  We came back into the house to lock it up to leave our final time.  We noticed that the house had lost the coolness feeling that it had and had become hot just like it was outside in the August air.  Three days of air conditioning, goosebump coolness, hair standing on your arms and now hot humid heat.  We left that day and never returned.

 

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31 Days of Spook – Food Ghosts

Aaww my friends.  How was your weekend?  Did you hear every sound, every bump in the night, did you jump at your shadows?  We are almost at the end of our wonderful 31 Days of Spook.  I hope you have enjoyed my stories and guest submissions.  We here at the Hotel Thompson look forward to this month all year long.

But today, I have a little story for you that happened here at the Hotel Thompson this weekend.  Something that actually took place.  You see, last night after dinner we all hung out in the front room watching some television.  That’s when it happened.  Someone – and I’m not mentioning names cough snort squeal – expelled a little shall we say gas.  It happens.  Right?  Well mommy looked at me and said, “What was that Bacon?”  Now, knowing how this month on my blog it’s special without hesitation I told her exactly what it was.

“It’s a food ghost mom.  It’s coming back to haunt me.”

 
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31 Days of Spook – The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

Today is one that is close to our hearts here at the Hotel Thompson.  Today, we focus on one of the all time greatest movies, “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”.  What, you don’t believe me when I say it’s scary?  Let’s discuss shall we.  What is a hero – snorts.

This movie came out in 1966 and starred Don Knotts as Luther Heggs.  It starts off with Luther driving down the street and hearing screams of, “Murder, murder” from a neighbor.  He takes pictures, gets the story from the neighbor and then goes to the local police station to report the crime.  While he’s reporting the crime, who walks in but the local ‘victim’.   The town thinks he’s a laughing joke.  And to top everything off, the full time writer for the paper, Ollie Weaver, lives in the same boarding house as he does and tells everyone over breakfast the next morning about what Luther did the night before.  This is also the time that you get to meet Ollie’s girlfriend, Alma Parker, who Luther has a secret crush with.

Poor Luther.  He works as a newspaper typesetter and wants to be a reporter so bad.  The staff of the newspaper want to increase sales and sees an opportunity for Luther to help out…even if it’s a joke  Ollie challenges Luther to spend the night in the local haunted Simmons mansion on the 20th anniversary of the murders that took place in the home.  The story was that Mr. Simmons murdered his wife and then jumped to his death from the organ loft of the home.  Legend says that you can still hear the ghost of Mr. Simmons still playing the organ at night, a haunting macabre tune.  Luther takes the bait and accepts the challenge of staying in the haunted house all by himself.

So the night comes and Luther goes into the haunted Simmons mansion.  He looks around and you visibly see that he’s scared by his shaking.  He settles down on the sofa in his sleeping bag for the night.  At midnight, it starts.  Luther hears the old organ begin to play from the loft.  He goes up to the loft area and sees the organ playing the haunting melody by itself.  He runs down the stairs and sees the painting of Mrs Simmons on the wall with hedge clippers sticking in it and ‘blood’ like material dripping out of it.  The newspaper starts flying off the shelves of Luther’s story of his night in the haunted Simmons mansion.  So much so that Nicholas Simmons (the nephew of the deceased couple) sues Luther for libel.  When it goes to court, the judge orders the courtroom to the Simmons mansion at midnight to prove Luther’s story.  Nothing happens and Luther looks like a fool.

Everyone leaves the house except for Luther who is moping around feeling sorry for himself.  Soon after, the organ begins to play the haunting macabre tune from the loft area again.  Luther runs upstairs and behold he sees Mr. Kelsey (who is the newspaper janitor) playing the old organ.

Mr. Kelsey and Luther talk about what happened and guess what?  They confront Nicholas Simmons and we learn that he was the one that killed his aunt and uncle and have been trying to cover the story all of these years.  How did he get away with the murders you ask?  There was a secret passage from the study up to the organ loft that had been his alibi.  Mr. Kelsey knew the secret and wanted Luther to be the one to open the case wide open.  Just by luck, Luther knocks out Nicholas Simmons with a body slam and becomes the local hero.

And yes.  Luther even got a girl out of the ordeal.  He marries his secret crush, Alma Parker.  As they say their “I do’s”, the organ starts playing all by itself the haunting macabre tune that was being played in the Simmons mansion.

It’s a great movie, one that is watched many times here at the Hotel Thompson.

 

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31 Days of Spook – Oakland Cemetery

 I thought it was time to walk through a cemetery with you once again.  Today, I’m going to focus on one close to home – the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.  Oakland Cemetery was bought in 1850 and was originally named Atlanta Graveyard or City Burial Place.  It was renamed to Oakland Cemetery in 1972.

Oakland Cemetery offers twilight tours of the cemetery – how scary huh?  And around this time of the year, the cemetery even offers what they call “Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours”.  What a way to catch some things that go bump in the night.  There are over 70,000 residents in over 40 acres that are just dying to meet you whether you have a guided tour or walk the cemetery by yourself… if you’re brave enough.

A lot of the history of this wonderful cemetery centers around the Civil War.  There have been stories in the Confederate portion of the cemetery of hearing names being called as if in a roll call.  But to look around, there is no one living there, just the statue of a lion guarding the unknown Confederate dead and he’s not talking.

Often the guides at the cemetery will tell you that people actually die three times.  Once on their last breath, once when they are laid to rest and once when they are no longer remembered.  Sounds just like a situation for a few people to come out and be remembered, doesn’t it?  So the next time you’re in the area, drop by for a visit.  I’ve heard they’re always looking for a good soul to fright.

There are lots of famous people buried here in Oakland.  Mom took this photograph not too long ago.  Do you recognize the name?

 

 

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31 Days of Spook – Jokes

I’m so glad to see that you are sticking with me through scary screams and horror.  Today, I’ll make it light for you and I’ll try not to scare you that much.  The heart can only take so much… I know.  So today, let’s talk a few scary jokes to get you in the mood for tomorrows posting shall we.

How did the ghost patch his sheet?  With a pumpkin patch.

How did the glamorous ghost earn her living?  She was a cover ghoul.

How do ghosts learn songs?  They read sheet music.

How do ghosts like to send their letters?  Scare mail or parcel ghost.

What is a ghost’s favorite kind of street?  A dead end.

What day of the week do ghosts look forward to?  Moanday

What did one ghost say to the other when they fell down?  I got a booo booo

What did the ghost say to the man at the coffee shop?  Scream or sugar?

And my favorite –

What did the little ghost have in his rock collection?  Tombstones

Here’s another song to help us hum throughout the day.  Turn up the volume and sing along.  We’re being invaded by the One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater!

 

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