Halloween I: Spooky Travel


Haunted House

Destination: Another Dimension

Books: Galore

Only 9 days to Hallowe’en. Just time to book a spooky trip.

I decided to poke around the Web and see if I could find some travel guide books for ghostly travel. Fear not–or rather Fear A Lot– there are ghosts wherever you are traveling and there are more writers writing about ghosts than there are ghosts to write about.

The web site’s title is also the title of a book, A Ghost in My Suitcase: A Guide to Haunted Travel in America which it promotes, but the site generously catalogs dozens of other books by state and under a miscellaneous category. Each has a link to a place where you can buy the book.

It seems there is no category of travel without its ghosts–lighthouses, restaurants, jails and railroads. I was surprised by some, like Haunted Hikes: Spine-Tingling Tales and Trails from North America’s National Parks. Written by a former park ranger, it provides fright factor ratings:

  • 4 icons = “Gave me nightmares, and I’d rather not discuss them.”
  • 3 icons = “I get chills just thinking about it.”
  • 2 icons = “Very disturbing, but clowns are scarier.”
  • 1 icon = “Makes 7-year-olds giggle.”

And if you wanted to buy an inclusive guide, would you choose The International Directory of Haunted Places, which I found in an About.com article? Or would you choose the brand new Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World, which I found reviewed at Flyaway Cafe?

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About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, or recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons . She has written for Reel Life With Jane, Life is a Trip and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

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