A Word or Two

I’m posting a list of ” Halloween ” related words because I’m working my way through the 100 Days To Halloween on my blog,  and here at day 85 I am looking for some inspiration.

Call me weird, but sometimes looking for inspiration to write something is as much fun as the writing process itself…and it can strike with one word.




Eerie Ogre
Apple cider Exorcist Orange
Bat Eyeballs Owl
Beast Fall Poison
Beware Fangs Popcorn balls
Black Frankenstein Pumpkin
Black cat Full moon Pumpkin seeds
Blood Ghastly Rat
Bones Ghost Raven
Boo Ghoul Scarecrow
Broomstick Glow-in-the-dark Scary
Cackle Glowsticks Scream
Candy Goblin Skeleton
Candy corn Goo Skull
Cape Goosebumps Slime
Caramel apple Graveyard Spider
Carving Grim reaper Spider webs
Cauldron Halloween (of course!) Spook
Cemetery Hades Spooky
Chant Haunted house Taffy
Chocolate Hayride Terror
Clown Hitchcock Toad
Cobwebs Hocus pocus Toil and Trouble
Coffin Horror Tombstone
Costumes Howl Trick or treat
Crow Jack-o-lantern Twilight
Curse Lollipops Vampire
Danger Magic Warlock
Demon Mask Warts
Devil Midnight Werewolf
Dracula Monster Wicked
Dreary Mummy Witch
Dungeon Nightmare Wraith
Dusk October Zombie

My Favorite Horror Movie

#100daysofhalloweenhappy asks what my favorite Horror Movie is and after really thinking hard about it this is my response:

My favorite Horror movie is also my favorite Christmas movie- hang on before you grab a DVD of ” The Exorcist ” or one of the ” Halloween” installments or even ” Scream ” and wave it under my nose before you smack me with it, let me tell you why ” A Christmas Carol ” is must see TV at my house on Halloween.

First off there are ghosts- say what you will but all of the ghosts are pretty grim and spooky. Even when they are speaking softly or laughing.

Here is a perfect example of that point:

Those two  little kids that travel with the Ghost of Christmas Present are purely demonic.

In the movie and in the book it’s pretty clear that given the chance they’d eat you alive. Literally. The ghost doesn’t warn Scrooge about his ghoulish maid and her creepy friends who rob the dead before the undertaker shows up- not in so many words anyway. But he warns him about the children. They have one function and one function alone. They exist to corrupt the human soul. SPOOOOOKKKYYY and horrifying.

The we learn that from his staff, to his business acquaintances, to his one and only friend- Scrooge is surrounded by people who don’t care if he lives or dies and the worst part is they relish the idea of him in a neglected grave. In fact they’ve been pushed to the limits because of Scrooge’s own dark soul and I get it- they’re at the point where they would dig him up and spit in his worm eaten face.

Of course, at the end Scrooge finds rememption and the even the blind man’s dog that seemed to say, “No eye at all is better than an evil eye, dark master.” liked Scrooge.

However- when I think about the movie and those ghosts that travel the Earth and haunt people in the hopes that people like Scrooge can be saved, it begs the question-

What happens to the ones they can’t save?

And that my friends is where the horror gathers itself up and flies and why  ” A Christmas Carol ” is my favorite Horror Movie

All I Have Ever Known

Halloween Prompt #29

Photographer Unknown

There is something about a room


with wax flowers under glass

and portraits of stern ladies with lace collars

hanging from walls hiding behind faded wallpaper

and outfitted with chairs that aren’t

comfortable to sit in

and couches that are meant to be looked at

that makes me hunger for the days

when ghosts could haunt places

like dark cavernous bus stations on stormy nights

and the bus is going to be late, if it shows up at all

and long empty hallways at hotels where the elevator takes ages to reach the

floor they’ve been called too and it’s just you and that

lady with her face to the wall mumbling the time over and over again

waiting for it, will it show up you wonder.

It’s a shame

that with all of the places I could haunt

the only places I have to chose from

are already dead.

The Water People

Halloween Prompt #22


I was reading some articles about the doomed Franklin Expedition and the wrecks of the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus and in one of these articles I came across this line:

An Inuit hunter from a settlement on King William Island led archeologists to the Terror.

This is where that little voice in my head says, ” you know, you can stop reading now…really Anita- are you listening? STOP READING RIGHT NOW.

Haunted Houses, Cursed bloodlines, Cemeteries full of crypts and shadows hold no fear for me. 

But when it comes to the idea of Ship Wrecks and bodies lost at Sea, Ghost Ships, Light Houses and that hissing sound the Sea makes when it washes across the rocks and sand, and the fog creeping up from the Seat to the beach, these things scare me half to death.

When I have nightmares about ships, I will sleep with the light on for the rest of the night. That’s a fact.

But it hasn’t stopped me from reading articles or books about the Franklin Expedition.I’m not sure why I’m less likely to treat Ghost Ships or Souls lost at Sea as lightly as I do other things of the Supernatural so I will leave you with this true story.

When I was little we lived in Hawaii and our house was near the bluffs.

Sometimes I would go out at night, climb a macadamia nut tree and shout out towards the


” You can’t get me up here! Ha ha on you! You can’t get me up here! “


I was told that once I was asked who couldn’t get me up here and I said,

” The Water People.”

When I say I was asked once, I mean I was only asked once. Nobody ever asked me who

the Water people were ever again.


The Terror Trapped In Ice

HMS Terror, found in a bay off King William Island, Nunavut. (Arctic Research Foundation)

HMS Erebus passing through the chain of bergs, 1842

John Torrington’s Coffin
Stoker on board The HMS Terror