Be afraid…. be VERY afraid!

October 31, 2009 at 6:36 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s that time of the year again. As soon as darkness falls, the streets shall be filled greasly goons and ghoulish figures, slithering and sliding about in search of their next victim. No, no, the world has not been taken over by zombies nor have the undead run amok in the neighborhood; this is actually an annual festival that has been celebrated for the past many centuries – Halloween.

250px-Jack-o'-Lantern_2003-10-31 Although Halloween is regarded as a Christian festival, traces of it can be located here in our part of the world as well and ironically enough, it is mostly popular amongst adults. Private costume parties where people can enter dressed in the wackiest or scariest attire they can think of are scattered throughout the city. Although this particular festival is not as popular and widespread as our main or major Muslim festivals such as Eid or Basant, however it is rapidly gaining momentum.

Halloween is typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain which means “summer’s end”.The celebration has some elements of a festival of the dead. The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.

Just the other day i was reading a magazine in which one of the articles covered the ’10 most haunted places of the world’. This heading caught my eye, therefore i decided to read further. The place that made the No. 1 spot was none other than The Amityville House, Long Island, New York.

On November 13, 1974, 24 year old Ronald Defeo, using a high powered rifle, shot his parents and his four siblings as they slept. Defeo said he committed the murders because he heard voices and presumed that God was talking to him.However much of the legend about the house comes from George and Kathy Lutz who moved into the house with their four children a year later. They left 28 days later however, claiming that the house was haunted. The Lutzes said they experienced a great deal of paranormal activity: doors were ripped off of hinges, windows flew open, a swarm of flies materialized out of nowhere, and a crucifix hung on a wall revolved until it was hanging upside down. Mrs. Lutz says she levitated several times.Both the Lutz family and their priest stated that each time the priest tried to help the family, he ended up with bleeding blisters on his hands. They also said their phone calls were often interrupted by strange sounds.

Other incidents which the family members claimed to have experienced included the sounds of a German march band tuning up and their 5 year old daughter Missy befriending a demonic pig like creature with red eyes named “Jodie”. Although many skeptics have disregarded the Lutz family’s recounts calling it a publicity stunt and have concluded the entire story to be a hoax, yet the house still holds the wonder of anyone who either reads or hears about it.

So the next time you hear something go bump in the night, there are two possibilities; either the noise is a figment of your imagination or there really is some sinister presence somewhere very, very near you.

Sweet dreams everybody. =)

until next time, ciao. =)

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2 Comments

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