Posts Tagged ‘Halloween

29
Oct
14

Mysterious Burial and Unmarked Grave

Some folks think we’re a seasonal business, just during Halloween/Fall season, but we are definitely a year round business!

Our current project is an example of how we work throughout the year. Over 130 years ago a woman was taken from her family under cover of night and buried in an out of town cemetery in an unmarked grave. We’ve been researching this story for years, but have stepped it up recently.

Our goal is to find the Maine cemetery, if not the actual gravesite, by Spring and do some fundraising to give this unfortunate woman a marker.

She did nothing wrong, she was reportedly in a trance, as was common for her, as a medium in her hometown. She was being cared for by her brothers, who assured everyone that she was fine and would come out of it soon.

You can read more about Mary’s story and our efforts here, http://wgme.com//news/features/top-stories/stories/dirigo-stories-missing-grave-mary-howe-24603.shtml#.VFCX-haCV8E.

Our book, “Haunted Damariscotta, Ghosts of the Twin Villages and Beyond” has the original story. Signed copies can be mailed to you upon request. Call 207-380-3806 or e-mail redcloaktours@gmail.com.

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30
Oct
13

Halloween Favorites

Halloween has always been a special time for me. Of course, it’s the favorite holiday of all kiddos, but my birthday happens to fall near Halloween, so it was double fun for me!

My birthday parties tended to be Halloween themed and it was such fun to have everyone in costume and all the decorations around the house. We had a huge yard with many trees, so jumping in piles of leaves was often incorporated into the party!

Because of my birthday and due to the fact of living in a rural area, trick-or-treating was minimal – what there was, was done by car, going just to relatives homes and visiting a bit, not just getting a treat and heading out. This was sometimes the only time I’d see some of my distant relatives other than at church and it was a nice tradition.

Of course, as I got older things changed and I’d go out with friends for group trick-or-treating, and then comes that sad day when you’re too old to go.

That doesn’t mean you’re too old for Halloween, though! I have attended many adult Halloween parties and also had lots of fun helping my children with their Halloween costumes and plans. Now I have grandchildren, so the fun never ends!

My favorite costume as a child was a clown. As an adult, I’ve been Red Riding Hood (!), a housewife with curlers and cold cream, a pirate, and the best – a Tacky Tourist, complete with fanny pack, camera, binoculars, and crazy mix matched clothes.

Last year I shared my favorite story with you, Tippity Witchet. I look forward to reading it again tomorrow!

My favorite Halloween treat was always homemade popcorn balls – yum!

What are some of your favorite memories, traditions, treats or costumes?

Enjoy the day!

31
Oct
12

Happy Halloween!

21
Oct
12

Trick or Treat

Halloween is only 10 days away! Here’s an interesting article on the history of trick or treating… Who’s going in costume as The Lady in the Red Cloak?

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2012/10/the-history-of-trick-or-treating-is-weirder-than-you-thought/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20121021-Weekender

17
Sep
12

Fall Ghost Events

With fall approaching, I want to remind you of our final Mysterious Destinations ghost adventures for 2012! Of course, our regular Red Cloak Haunted History Tours and Red Cloak Cemetery Tours will continue through October 30!
This coming Saturday, Sept. 22 – the Autumnal Equinox! – will be a Midnight Explore of the Winter Street Center in Bath, Maine. This 3 story building dates back to the 1850’s and is attached to a church built in 1843. We’ll have 4 hours to learn a bit of the building’s history and be trained on using paranormal investigation equipment, then head off on the adventure! We have had battery drain, registered cold spots, flashlight conversations, extreme EMF activity and more during past Explore’s. Cost is only $35 which includes light refreshments, bottled water and coffee as well as a donation to the restoration of the church. By reservation only.
On October 26, we’ll have an Explore similar to the above.
October 27th, you’ll have the opportunity to eat dinner and spend the night with Myrtle, a ghost who is said to haunt her past place of business as well as her nearby home in Newcastle, Maine. Myrtle has been active for years, but just recently there have been 2 full bodied apparitions seen – one in each building! There is limited space left for this special Halloween event.

For more information on any of the above, please call 207-380-4677  or go to www.mysteriousdestinations.com

23
Aug
12

NEW! Red Cloak Cemetery Tours!

I am SO excited! I have loved cemeteries ever since I was a little girl. The ones I grew up with in Nevada are very different than New England cemeteries, yet still have that allure… With my parents, I used to go to family cemeteries, as well as some desert and ghost town cemeteries. It was always a mini history lesson, but certainly not boring! How could it be when it involved death and sickness and crime and sadness?

Now, as I’m older, I also appreciate the symbolism of the markings on the stones and the heartfelt epitaphs, sometimes biblical, sometimes written by loving family members. There is so much to life, behind the deaths that you realize in a graveyard.

It must be a family thing – my sister, still in Nevada, participates in a type of cemetery tour every Halloween season, and is head of the local Cemetery Association!

So, I’ve been wanting to start these tours for a while and finally they’re here! Each tour will be offered in the town that has a Red Cloak Haunted History Tour that evening. Due to a Maine State law that does not allow visiting cemeteries after dusk, these will be early evening tours, lasting about 1 hour. You can double up and go on a Haunted History Tour in the same town, the same evening, if you’d like.

A twist on the Red Cloak Cemetery Tours is that we will donate a portion of the proceeds of every tour to the local Cemetery Association if there is one, or to the local Historical Society if not. The Cemetery Tours will not focus as much on ghosts and hauntings as the Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, but we will feature a ghost story on each one!

So, if you’re a taphophile – you may be and not even know it – come and join The Red Cloaked Guide on a walk through a midcoast Maine burial ground!

28
Oct
11

Halloween – only a few days away!

Halloween already?! My, time flies here at Red Cloak Haunted History Tours! We’ve been having such fun… I mean, how can you beat the apparition of Grandpa, the ‘Spectre’, a ghost who slaps men on their backsides, the most haunted building in the state of Maine, and the spirit of a playful little boy?!?

In case you’ve been wanting to come on a lantern walk and haven’t made it yet, we do have some 5:00 and 9:00 tours in addition to the regular 7:00 ones. Our last night is October 30th. Check www.mysteriousdestinations.com for a special event on Saturday, October 29 – a Visit with Myrtle – a chance to participate in a ghost hunt of 2 buildings!

I’d really like to thank everyone who came on tours this year and gave us the opportunity to share our stories and the rich history of midcoast Maine. I’d also like to thank my associate ‘Ladies in Red Cloaks’ who worked very flexible hours these last months!

I’m looking forward to a winter full of research and maybe some new offerings next summer/fall! Don’t forget I am available off season by special request… I have some great school tours coming up in November! Check back now and then – you never know what random weird thing I’ll come up with to blog about!

Also, keep an eye on www.mysteriousdestinations.com for winter offerings as well as next summer and our November 2012 cruise!