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My Top 10 Halloween Jokes LAUGH UNTIL YOUR BONES RATTLE!
H alloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays. I love the lighthearted fun it inspires in our community, and I always try to bring some of that out of storage and setting them up for a funny photo op. In the past, they’ve “hung out” with me at my desk, in the conference room, and more. As I’ve said before, it never hurts to crack a joke, particularly one at my own expense! You can check out this year’s funeralistic fun on Facebook (Facebook.com/ spooktacular feeling into the office. That usually involves pulling my plastic skeletons
Q: Why didn’t the skeleton like the Halloween candy? A: He didn’t have the stomach for it! Q: Where do ghosts like to swim? A : The Dead Sea. Q: What do you call two witches sharing an apartment? A: Broommates! Q: What part of the street do vampires live on? A: The dead end. Q: Which ghost is the best dancer? A: The Boogie Man! Q: What did the ghost wear to the dance? A: Booooots.
PatrickTrailLaw/), where we always post the latest spooky snapshots. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite Halloween jokes, all originally sent in by kids to Scout Life, to get your bones rattling. Q: Why do ghosts like to ride in elevators? A: It raises their spirits! Q: What is a ghost’s favorite dessert? A: Booberry pie. Q: What do mummies like listening to on Halloween? A: Wrap music! Q: What’s the witch’s best subject? A: Spelling!
I hope at least one of those made you chuckle! The last one is my favorite. As I write this, my kids have gone through at least a half-dozen Halloween costume ideas, but I think I’ve settled on being a cowboy this year. I already like wearing boots as much as dancing ghosts do, so it will be an easy way to get in on the action. If I’m lucky, we’ll be rewarded for our costumes with a lot of my favorite candy — Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! What’s your top Halloween treat? Let me know next time I see you. Happy Halloween!
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3 HAUNTED SPOTS EVERY GHOST BELIEVER WILL LOVE Ghosts Across America
October is one of the best months for travel in the U.S. With mild temperatures and gorgeous, colorful leaves everywhere, there’s no better time for a cross-country road trip. Add some Halloween
through, or you could see the apparition of a businessman from the 1800s who “never checked out.” Other sources report hauntings at the town’s historical society, Museum at the Friends Home, including a little girl who moves toys and sits on the porch. The society leans into the
her room. Today, her chair can be found moving on its own. Another popular visitor is the ghost of a bellboy who knocks on doors and announces that room service has arrived — only, no one's there. Is there a monster in Pine Barrens, New Jersey? This one’s for those who love mysterious creatures. Pine Barrens is a mass of forested land that spreads across seven counties in New Jersey — and its most famous resident isn’t human. The Jersey Devil has a long, storied history and is said to be a combination of many animals: Its body is shaped like a kangaroo with wings. It has the head of a dog but the face of a horse. The creature is believed to have had a sickly start to life in 1735 and has stayed to haunt the forest’s inhabitants and even those who visit the area today.
flair to your October vacation with these three ghostly attractions.
local fascination and hosts regular walking ghost tours and ghost hunting classes.
Visit the most haunted town in the U.S. — Waynesville, Ohio. Sure, New Orleans may have a spooky past, but it doesn’t compare to Waynesville. Many residents and visitors think this Ohio town is rife with
Stay a while at Hotel Monte
Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona. Guests at Hotel Monte Vista have often enjoyed long stays at the downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, hotel, but not everyone leaves.
Constructed in 1927, the hotel is host to a number of reported ghosts. The most well-known is an elderly woman who would spend hours rocking in the chair in
ghosts. You may hear cries to “hurry up” at The Hammel House Inn, where many tunnels for the underground railroad came
3 Haunted Spots to Visit in Atlanta GET YOUR FRIGHT ON THIS HALLOWEEN!
Rhodes Hall For years, one of Kevin’s favorite spooky spots in Atlanta has been Rhodes Hall, the so-called “Castle on Peachtree” built in 1904 for furniture mogul Amos Rhodes. The home looks appropriately creepy with its thick stone walls, arches, and turrets, and it even hosted a haunted house attraction from 1984 to 1992! Today, Rhodes has revamped its image to become a classy wedding and event venue, but according to Curbed Atlanta, the ghosts — including Amos Rhodes himself — remain. The outlet reports sightings including, “ghostly appearances by a ‘dark, evil’ shadow man in the basement, the couple who originally owned the home, and noisy children ... accompanied by lights that turn on and off, disembodied voices, footsteps, apparitions, and an attic door that locks and unlocks itself.”
This Halloween, you can visit Rhodes Hall for the Rhodes Race at the Haunted Castle 5K on Saturday, Oct. 23. Head to GeorgiaTrust.org/Tours-Events/Rhodes- Race-5K/ to register!
“the ghost of a former employee’s girlfriend whose spirit possesses the elevator.” The Ellis Hotel If you’ve lived in Atlanta for a while, you've probably heard the story of the Winecoff
Fox Theatre This beautiful theater is widely considered one of the most haunted places in Atlanta, and in non-COVID years, it even hosts ghost tours! The theater was built in 1928 to host the Atlanta Shriners before it became a movie venue. Over nearly 100 years in business, it has gathered a lot of ghosts! According to the Atlanta Ghosts website, a few often-spotted spooks include “an old organist
Hotel Fire of Dec. 7, 1946. The blaze was the deadliest hotel fire in American history. It killed 119 people and shocked the city so much that the hotel remained empty for decades afterward. In 2007, though, it reopened as The Ellis — the most haunted hotel in town! Over the last 14 years, guests and workers have seen ghosts,
smelled smoke, and heard screams reverberating down The Ellis’ halls. Curbed Atlanta even reports, “The fire alarm sometimes goes off at 2:48 a.m., the exact time of the horrendous blaze.”
whose ashes were scattered in the theatre” who still plays his favorite songs there, and
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These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Jack-o’-Lanterns! 5 Fresh Pumpkin Carving Ideas
There’s nothing wrong with carving your pumpkin a spooky grin and calling it a day — but what if you want to change things up this year? If you do, you’re in luck! Kevin felt the same way before pumpkin carving with his wife and kids, so he rounded up these five fresh ideas to share. 1. The Supernatural Pumpkin: To level up your pumpkin’s classic grin, invest in a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint. You can use it to make the jack-o’-lantern’s teeth and eyes glow! Trick-or- treaters in your neighborhood will love the spectacle after dark. 2. The Pumpkin-Rama: This option is perfect if you have a few miniature skeletons, witches, or goblins left over from Halloween decorating. Instead of carving a face in your pumpkin, carve out a large rectangle about the height of a toothpick. Then, use your Halloween decorations to create a scene inside the pumpkin! As a finishing touch, add toothpicks vertically to the opening to create the effect of prison bars. Make sure you display this pumpkin on your counter where everyone can admire your work. 3. The High-Tech Pumpkin: Tired of Casper the Friendly ghost? Try carving your pumpkin into the ghost emoji! The tech-smart kids in your house will get a kick out of it. 4. The Golfer’s Dream Pumpkin: This option is really creative. If you love to golf, take care when carving your classic jack- o’-lantern to create a wide mouth that goes all the way to the bottom of the pumpkin. Then, place the jack-o’-lantern on the
ground and practice putting balls into it! You can even use a strip of red fabric to create a fairway that looks like a tongue. 5. The Faceless Pumpkin: For this pumpkin, start carving a face as you normally would. Then, when the face is finished, carve in a large circle or oval around it so you can remove it from your pumpkin! If you lean the face up against the jack- o’-lantern and scatter a few googly eyes on the ground, you’ll create the funny illusion its face has fallen off! If none of these options stand out to you, FamilyHandyman.com, HouseBeautiful.com, and Delish.com have dozens of great ideas, too!
Halloween Cookie Pizza
This one's for the candy corn lovers! This “pizza” is far from traditional, but once you try it, you might find yourself making it every October!
Ingredients • 1 roll Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter • 1 cup candy corn
• 1/2 cup chocolate chips • 1/4 cup vanilla frosting (store- bought or homemade)
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. Grease a round, 12-inch pan and line with cookie dough, ensuring the dough covers all but the outer 1/2 inch. 3. Bake for 16–20 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely. 4. Spread the peanut butter over the cooled cookie dough, then sprinkle on the candy corn and chocolate chips. 5. In a small bowl, microwave the frosting for 15 seconds or until liquified. 6. Drizzle the frosting over the “pizza,” slice, and serve!
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Inside This Issue 1 Kevin’s Top 10 Halloween Jokes 2 3 Haunted Destinations to Visit This October 3 Haunted Spots to Visit in Atlanta 3 5 Fresh Pumpkin Carving Ideas Halloween Cookie Pizza 4 Corn Mazes Date Back to Ancient Greece?
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Corn Mazes Date Back to Ancient Greece? A Historic Look at This Wacky Fall Tradition
Exploring a corn maze is a great way to get outside and enjoy the fall season with friends and family — but who came up with the idea of wandering around a corn field for fun? As it turns out, outdoor mazes are an ancient tradition, and the American corn maze of the '90s sprouted from the mazes of 17th-century European gardens. Don’t believe it? Here’s a quick tour of corn maze history.
India, among others” — but it’s perhaps the most famous ancient tale. If you’ve ever navigated a Halloween corn maze staffed by ghouls and ghosts, you can see the parallels! Garden Art to Get Lost In Mazes formed from bushes began popping up European gardens in the 17th century. They were a popular artistic feature of upper-class gardens in England, more for looking at than solving. One famous example is the half-mile-long Hampton Maze, which was planted in 1690 and still stands today. The Corn Maze: An American Invention Garden mazes eventually hopped the pond to America but didn’t become interactive puzzles until Don Frantz, Creative Director of the American Maze Company, came on the scene. In 1993, Frantz created the “first ever cornfield maze for private and public entertainment” to attract college kids in Pennsylvania. Today, every small-town corn maze is a descendant of his “Amazing Maize Maze.” To learn more about that wacky history, visit AmericanMaze.com.
The Minotaur and the Maze Have you heard of Theseus and the Minotaur?
This ancient Greek legend tells the story of the hero Theseus, who ventured into an elaborate maze to kill the half-man, half-bull imprisoned there. The monstrous
Minotaur was known to eat heroes, and the labyrinth was known to trap them, but Theseus managed to slay the Minotaur and find his way home with the help of a string that he unspooled as he walked. This story isn’t the first recorded example of a maze or labyrinth — according to the World History encyclopedia, “[L]abyrinths and labyrinthine symbols have been dated to the Neolithic Age in regions as diverse as modern-day Turkey, Ireland, Greece, and
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