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Travel Photo Thursday: Halloween

Zombie at Rawhide's The Nest Graveyard
Zombie at Rawhide's The Nest Graveyard

I was invited to tour The Nest, at Rawhide in Chandler, Arizona before it opened to the public this month. In one section, you walk through a graveyard and are confronted with zombies who may be real and may be animatronics. I’m not staying around long enough to find out!

This photo is part of Travel Photo Thursday and you can see many more travel photos from around the world at Budget Travelers Sandbox.

The photo is my own–all rights reserved, please. Rawhide invited me to a preview tour of The Nest for members of the press.

P.S. Still trying to figure out the Paris Mystery Photo?  I accidentally stumbled across what seems to be a sensible answer at this web site which is in Italian. Google translation is not terrific–but at least you’ll be able to figure it out. A deterrent it is–and although some still say deterrent of urination, the open work in my Paris Mystery Photo leads me to think that the first explanation they offer is more sensible.

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?