Creepy Things to Do In October

Hal Briston’s thread has inspired me. (He’s planning on spending Friday night in a haunted house.)

So what can I do, besides watching old episodes of Goosebumps and renting Masters of Horror, and going to see Quarantine?

Hmmm. I’ve never used a Ouija board before…

Read H.P. Lovecraft and Poe short stories.

Go someplace haunted. Every major city has a Ghost Tour anymore. Heck, Salem Massachusetts has three or four of 'em.
Visit someplace famous for being the siote of something creepy happening, or where a movie was filmed with something creepy in it. Here in New England we’ve got plenty of that — Besides Salem with its witches, there were witchcraft proceedings elsewhere in Massachusetts and in Connecticut. There’s America’s Stonehenge, which may have inspired H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Dunwitch Horror” (and there are other sites which S.T. Joshi thinks may be the inspiration in Connecticut and elsewhere). There’s the House of the Seven Gables, and places in Salem, Gloucester, and elsewhere that inspired Lovecraft’s “The Shadow over Innsmouth”. Go to Rhode Island and see the vampire graves that Bram Stoker saved clippings about for inspiration for Dracula. Go to Fall River and see Lizzie Borden’s House (or stay overnight – it’s a B&B). Other places around the cou ntry must surely have their own spookinesses.
Read Poe, Hawthorne, Lovecraft, King, and other frightmasters. Pick up The New Annotated Dracula.
Buy a book on Tarot and a pack of cards and tell each other’s fortunes. Play “War” with the deck and watch and see if something awful happens.

Watch a marathon of Frankenstein movies. Or Dracula movies. Or Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Or something.
Go to a Halloween party.

Later this month I am going on a tour of famous haunted places around NYC! It should be fun and exciting. I will probably have a night where a few friends come over and we watch horror movies too. I highly recommend both of these activities.

Famous haunted places in New York? I live in New York! How do I find out more?

There’s a haunted covered bridge about a mile from my house. Creepy after dark.

It’s more in the creeping other people out department, but what the hey:

Go to the grocery store. Buy a bunch of apples and a box of razor blades.

If you go to you will find the event I’m going to listed there. If that doesn’t work for your schedule you can make your own haunted tour with a little bit of internet research!

go to and read some of the personal encounters.

How about a nice long walk through an old cemetery at night, by yourself? Or a walk through a state or county park with only a flashlight to guide you?:eek:

Great ideas, guys, keep them coming!

I’ve thought about this…I’m just afraid of the legality of it.

If you are in Toronto, visit the little-known Anatomy Museum:

It might not be entirely legal… but that’s part of the fun! :slight_smile:

I’ve done this quite a few times, and the worst thing that’s ever happened is that we’ve been asked to leave. As long as you aren’t grave robbing or vandalizing… :eek:

Here’s an interesting cemetery in the Chicago area.

you could also go to a corn maze. i’d take a cemetery at night before i’d try one of those mazes!

Write a horror story and post it in MPSIMS. :slight_smile: