October Spirit

The season may officially start in late September, however it is October that really makes me feel the spirit of Autumn. The festivities are in full swing for Halloween all month and there are so many to choose from.

I found out about an apple harvest festival taking place near Gettysburg, a town that I would love to go back to soon. I have not been back since a camping trip at Artillery Ridge Campgrounds in 1994. Anyway, along with the apple festival during the first two weekends this month, why not check out the best-known haunted sites of Gettysburg?
Other military-related and thought to be haunted sites I’d like to visit include Fort Delaware and Fort Mifflin. Chances are better that I’ll go to Fort Mifflin first, or else wait until next year to see both forts with earlier planning.
There are a few events and places in particular interest me the most regarding the spirit of the enchanting Autumn season. These include a train tour of Fall foliage in West Chester, Pa., a haunted trolley tour in Cape May, N.J. as well as the legendary town of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. I have never been to Sleepy Hollow, so going there has its own little bonus.
If I could fit it in this year, I’d also love to visit another place for the first time…and especially close to Halloween. That place is the historic Massachusetts seaport town of Salem. But that will definitely have to wait until next year.
As a fitting end to this post, below is a photo I took years ago on a family trip. For the longest time, I could not remember where we saw this place. I hadn’t written anything on the back of the photo or in a photo album about it. I just knew we had seen it either on the way to Williamsburg, Va., or to Johnstown, Pa. But then, I stumbled across something about it on the internet. The info on the internet revealed that it was located in Ashville, Pa. (Cambria County), confirming we had seen it on the way to visiting relatives in Johnstown. I just wonder if this place is still standing and if so, if it still looks like this.
Happy Haunting!

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at http://cdwyerfilminspired.wordpress.com - and my literary blog at http://cdwyerbookishgrad.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to October Spirit

  1. tonysfo says:

    >Come out to The East Coast Paranormal Investigators Conference will be held at Fort Mifflin on the Delaware from 10 AM Saturday October 10th till 5 PM Sunday October 11th 2009 with all proceeds of this event to benefit the preservation, restoration, interpretation and education programs at Fort Mifflin a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Fort Mifflin on the Delaware has consistently opened it gates to support the paranormal community, and this event is our communities chance to pay back that support.The event will be a showcase to the public of paranormal investigators, using real science in the study of their fields and the results they obtain General Fort / Event Hall Admission $6 per person open to the general public from 10 AM till 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. This is in addition to fort tours given by interpretive guides in Revolutionary or Civil War Uniforms at 11 AM and 2 PM. Come to the conference and meet with our area’s finest paranormal investigators and have a chance to ask all the questions you ever wanted to ask about the paranormalConference AdmissionS$ 20 day /$40 weekend (this includes fort/event admission), will be open only to registered conference participants Programming about, ADC, Haunts, NDE Cryptozoology, Angels, OBE, Sensitive Abilities, Demonology, UFO's, and many others will be presented by field and laboratory investigators. There will be 12 hours of programming open to registered conference participants. From 10am – 5:30pm on the hourOVERNIGHT PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONOpen to all! Saturday Night starts @8:00 P.M. until 8A.M. Lead and hosted by OFMPIS (Open to paid conference attendees, separate fee $70 (per person). Non-registered participants fee $90.00 (per person).TOTAL PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS IS LIMITED TO 45 PEOPLE SO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY!!24 HOUR PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONOPEN TO ALL!!There will be a 24 hour paranormal investigation (the only one for the2009 Season) 5 PM Sunday to 5 PM Monday open only to ALL.Contributors and registered participants for an additional tax deductible contribution of $90 per person. Lead by John Sabol hosted by OFMPIS Non-registered participants/Contributors pay $110.00 (per person).THIS 24 HOUR INVESTIGATION IS LIMITED TO 45 PEOPLE TOTAL SO BOOK NOW!!

  2. Carol says:

    >Thanks for the info! I'll try to go for either the general admission or one day of the conference along with it.

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