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Believe In Ghosts For A Day

By Michael Crane

Halloween has forever been a period of time when we let ourselves to get away from the “rational” and open our minds to the possibilities of the “supernatural”. We harbor the fact that there are spirits haunting our earth for one explanation or another. We are permitted for this day to have fun and step outside of what we view as normal. The children and young ones stroll about the often snowy streets and begin collecting candy at each door that will give them some on the holiday also called All Hallows Eve. The adults are usually even more active than the kids. They are usually having parties with their friends and often things can get pretty crazy. What if you could do something unique? Something that really will stand out in your Halloween memories.

A strong majority of people believe ghost stories are just that, “stories”. In most situations this is the truth, there are however actually some places that are said to have actual spirits or ghosts roaming around and occasionally hauntings. What if you went out on an adventure this year and strived to discover some of these “supposed” ghostly places as opposed to your normal Halloween experience. If you are in the areas of Myrtle Beach, St Augustine, or the Florida Keys jump on the opportunity to research these spooky attractions and you may discover something that you thought could only be a portion of your imagination, and why not discover these on Halloween, the spookiest day of the year.

The Thrills of Myrtle Beach Are Bootiful!

Visitors and residents are offered a very unique experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At the Ghosts and Legends Theatre on any day of the year you can step through a secret wall at this attraction and enter into a world where you will meet four ghosts represented in human form. You’ll get to encounter Sonny Jim, a slave ghost, or Alice of Hermitage, Edward Teach or Blackbeard, or even a ghost who warns of coming hurricanes who is known as The Grey Man.

They offer special Halloween activities on the day of October 31st, but the real busy time of the year is actually the summertime because of where it is located. Along with trick or treating on Halloween there are also walking tours and theatre performances. You’ll see plenty of Halloween decorations that set the mood just right for this time of year and help to create that eerie atmosphere we all desire on October 31st.

St. Augustine’s Ghostly Tours

St. Augustine is a really old city, one of the oldest of all, and this may be why it is considered one of the most haunted places on the planet. You can come here and go on The Ghost Tours of St. Augustine. One of the most prominent spirits on this tour is Osceola, the ghost of an old Seminole chief. Tricked into believing that there was going to be a truce he was captured and held in Castillo de San Marcos during the Second Seminole War. He later died of malaria in 1838 at Fort Moultrie in South Caroline where he was relocated following his capture in order to avoid the outrage that was sure to follow.

His recorded ghostly visits at Castillo de San Marcos are aforementioned to be the effect of what happened after he died. His head was embalmed after being detached by Frederick Weedon, an Army doctor. The head was later lost, and then found again, and finally ended up in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection in Washington in 1885. The legend goes that since Osceola’s head was so mistreated and traveled so much after his death, his spirit became restless and so now he haunts Castillo de San Marcos. So go find the spirit of Osceola this Halloween and take a ghostly tour.

The Florida Keys

If you find yourself in the Florida Keys around Halloween you should venture to Key West and experience their annual Fantasy Fest (not recommended for children). If you’re looking to be haunted on Halloween there are countless chances to do so on ghost walks and tours that are offered. Tony’s Saloon, which was a morgue between 1852 and 1875 is another place you can visit, along with a stop for pirates and other questionable individuals.

In 1862, at Fort Zachary Taylor there was a yellow fever outbreak that killed hundreds of Union soldiers. This place is actually in the Florida Keys and is another place you can check out. When a civil engineer named Howard England was excavating the site in the 1960′s he claimed the ghost of Wendell Gardner, a Civil War soldier, appeared before him and pointed him toward another excavation site. An enormous mass of Civil War weapons were discovered on this site. It ended up being the largest collection of Civil War weapons ever found. The yellow fever epidemic that swept through the fort, later confirmed by the Gardner family, is what had killed Wendell during the Civil War. The tour is called The Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor and if you take this tour both Howard England and Wendell Gardner are supposedly the ghosts that will be haunting you.

If you’re looking to encounter a spirit or ghost, there are only a couple opportunities out there. While your boring friends are reading a book by the doorway passing out candy this Halloween, you now have the knowledge of a way to really make your Halloween memorable this year. All 3 of these locations provide many wonderful choices and lodging accommodations, hundreds of gorgeous hotels or a Bluegreen vacation club. There are several sites, tales and tours that could put you in contact with ghosts and alter what you thought before to simply be fictional, and what better time to embark into the strange than on Halloween.

Michael Crane is a travel and vacation author focusing in Bluegreen resorts and Bluegreen vacations at amazing locations throughout the world. You can connect with Bluegreen directly for data concerning the top travel acommodations in the world at

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