Saturday, October 31, 2009

Social Saturday: Haunted House


Today we are going to visit a Haunted House!

Don't worry, it's not that scary.  After all, we do have our own vampires, ghosts and even a djinn and a fairy to protect us.  And some of us have magic powers as well.

This charming Victorian mansion is up for sale at a very reasonable price.  The realtors are serving free refreshments for anyone who wants to visit today.  Wouldn't you like to see this lovely piece of history?

We might also see a cat, a bat or a ghost or two. But not to worry!   I'm sure they're friendly.

But perhaps there is something you are just a teensy bit frightened of.  What would that be?  How do you think you could overcome your fears?

Or, just perhaps, you are a character who likes to frighten others.  Why do you do that? Who is your favorite victim?



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71 comments:

Nevin said...

I would never frighten anyone on purpose. It's a mean thing to do.

This looks like an interesting old house. I'm sure it would be quite lovely if we fixed it up a bit.

Ginger said...

I agree, Nevin. There is some truly lovely woodwork in here, and just look at those ceilings!

It does need a good cleaning.

Where is the rest of the band? Oh, I suppose they are resting up for a big gig tonight.

Calvin Mertz said...

I'm your man for fixer uppers, Nevin. Remodeling is what I do.

I know its mean to scare people, but it can be fun too. I like to scare my brother James; he takes it so well, and he's a genius at retaliation. I like to scare my kids too; their giggles are so cute.

Its all about the spirit behind the scare.

Amy Thompson said...

I don't like to be scared either. But I must admit, when Cal pulls a prank its all in good fun.

This place would take forever to clean. Ick, what's that on the kitchen floor?

Samantha Harper said...

I agree, Nevin. I don't like to frighten people either. My brother, on the other hand...

Daryl Harper said...

Hey! It's all in good fun.

Devi Marconi said...

I, for one, love old houses. So much history, so much character. That's one thing I loved about living in New Orleans. There were plenty of interesting buildings down there... some of which were even said to be haunted.

Laura Martone said...

Not SAID to be. They ARE! (At least, I think so...)

Vic said...

Are there any bats here? That would be nice. I enjoy bats.

Devi Marconi said...

In theory, I like bats... but I was attacked by them as a teenager, in the caves surrounding Ruby Hollow. So, needless to say, they unnerve me a little.

Of course, it doesn't surprise me that you would like them, Vic. *winks*

Amy Thompson said...

There are bats here?

(nudges closer to Cal)

Nutmeg Cross said...

Indy and I decided to stop by, before heading back out on the road. I love haunted houses... and, hey, at least this one will provide a bit of shelter for us tonight. Can't beat that.

Ginger said...

Here's a joke for you Vic:

How many vampires does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None! Vampires like being in the dark.

Ricky said...

Meg and Indy, I don't know if we should hang out here after dark. There's something odd about this house.

Kalila said...

You worry too much, Ricky. Always drama with you mortals. Now, where can I put my lamp?

Mira said...

Wow. Amazing post. :)

Indigo Cypress said...

Yeah, I'm with you, Ricky. Something doesn't feel quite right. No shelter is worth this.

Amy Thompson said...

Absolutely not. You kids come home with Cal I for the night.

Hey, do you hear that sound? It's coming from the basement.

Calvin Mertz said...

Oh No! Not another basement story.

That last one was fun with the zombies and all - but.

Shall we check out the upstairs instead? Or the closets - I love closets.

Don't hold on so tight Amy. Who knows what I'll have to fend off in here.

Ricky said...

There's weird noises upstairs, Cal, and I don't know about those stairs.

Vic said...

The stairs are fine, Ricky. And those noises are just bats. There's a whole colony of them in the attic. Don't worry. They're friendly.

Calvin Mertz said...

(shakes the banister; stomps on two steps)

Seems solid enough. Come on gang; its Halloween. Lets have some fun.

Nevin said...

I don't want to, Cal. I'm scared.

Vic said...

You're scared of everything, fairy. Get up there.

Calvin Mertz said...

Watch your step Nevin, that one's a little creaky. Don't want anything coming out of the woodwork at you.

BOO!!hehehehe

Come on, Vic's got the bats; Ricky's used zombies and demons, and I've never met a red-head who couldn't hold her own.

And Devi, you live in a cave; you must have some tricks up your sleeve.

Here we go, up and atem.

Amy Thompson said...

I brought a flash light, I'll just turn it on to give you some light.

Oh no, the batteries are dead, of course. Nevin, can you make a light?

I'm not afraid of ghosts or spirits, but I doubt I want to see an zombies.

Kalila said...

Nevin's to scared to make a light, but here -

(conjures a blue glowing orb)

Ricky said...

How about something more traditional, Kalila, like a flashlight?

Kalila said...

You're so boring sometimes, Ricky. Here. One flashlight.

Calvin Mertz said...

Blue glowing light: actually, thats exactly what I had in mind.

Flashlights are so limiting.

Coming from a djinn, it must have some repellant powers.

Hey, look at that floor. Oak, I think. Can't tell in this light.
And the baulustrades -

Duck. Hey you ever see just one bat. Weird.

All the doors are closed. Anyone got a skeleton key. hehehehe

Kalila said...

I can open the doors. Not a problem.

Nevin said...

I wouldn't do that if I were you, Kalila...can't be too careful, you know.

Calvin Mertz said...

Live a little Nevin! Kalila can always pop back into her bottle if anything threatens. Though I hope she stays and uses her magic to protect us.

Nevin, hang onto Amy. She's tough under pressure. So's Meg, by my reconning.

Ok, let go Kalila. Open the door. Find me something scary.

Kalila said...

Well...nothing in here.

Vic said...

I told you there was nothing up here but bats.

Nevin said...

Maybe there are things we can't see...

Calvin Mertz said...

Well, lets go find them. How about over there. I hear some noise behind that door. If this is a haunted house, where's the haunts.

What Amy? You see a filmy light?

Maybe that's my bro Robert comin back to haunt me. Who's with me to check it out.

Devi Marconi said...

No, it's us, Cal! Jesse and I managed to sneak out of the Hollow (again). This is getting to be a habit.

Given all our years underground, our vision is pretty good in dark places. So's our hearing. Maybe we can help navigate this crazy, creaky place. Worth a try anyhow!

Oh, and Happy Halloween, everyone!

Calvin Mertz said...

Oh. (shoulders slump)

I'm spending the night here. This old relic has several fireplaces - I saw one downstairs, and it the room Kalila lit up - and I think I'll hang out until I determine if this is just a creaky old house, or if its truly haunted.

Meg, Indy, ya with me? Devi and Jesse, surly you didn't come all this way just to go home.

Whacha got in your lamp for unscheduled, overnight stay's Kalila? Nevin, surely you can magick us something to eat while we wait.

Maybe once everyone else is asleep, Ricky will feel like investigating some closets with me. Or maybe even the attic

You got anything better to do tonight Vic. Surely you'll join us in our camp out?

Amy Thompson said...

Well, it doesn't seem all that scary in here to me Cal. As long as I know you're looking out for us, I'm sure we'll be safe.

It is a long drive home (yawn) and I'm getting rather tired.

Ghost of Vincente Price said...

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'alls neighborhood

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

Calvin Mertz said...

Hey; anyone else hear that?

Having a Michael Jackson THRILLER moment here. Wooh. Not good.

SHHHHHH I'll check it out. Just my imagination, I'm sure.

Laura Martone said...

Not so sure it IS your imagination, Cal. After all, Michael Jackson's posthumous movie came out this weekend. Maybe his ghost is ticked.

Calvin Mertz said...

That could be true Laura - it is All Hallows Eve and all that.

But, it turns out it was just the Man From Mars. He said he can only "eat up bars where the people meet
Face to face, dance cheek to cheek
One to one, man to man
Dance toe to toe
Don't move to slow, 'cause the man from Mars
Is through with cars, he's eatin' bars
Yeah, wall to wall, door to door, hall to hall
He's gonna eat 'em all"

But, he got full, and needs a place to crash. I don't know, he looked pretty sick, harmless. So, I found a dark nook for him to curl into an sleep for the night.

I'm not one to kick a guy when he's down.

Boogyman said...

"The beast lives out of the raging storm in the dead of night
The ravenous, blood-sick creatures searches for it's sacrifice
Through the hideous darkness, it lurches, driven by death itself
Only the satisfaction of slaughter will cause it to return to
The darkness from which it came"

Amy Thompson said...

Did you hear that Cal?

Calvin Mertz said...

This house if full of ghostly voices Amy. Go back to sleep.

Amy Thompson said...

(rolls over and snuggles deeper into Cal's protection)

If you say so.

Boogyman said...

Boys and girls, it's nighty night time
Happy J the Clown has a nursery rhyme
It's about, The Boogie Woogie Man
Keep your light on as long as you can
Cuz when it cuts off, so does your head
Boogie Woogie Woogie waits under your bed
With a shank, splah!, up through the bottom
Little Jimmy Jimmy, uh, got em

Calvin Mertz said...

(shakes head to clear it)

Very mature content there if anyone were to google ICP's Boogie Woogie song.

Seriously, what kind of mushrooms did Daryl put on my salad.

Boogyman said...

"Please don't let me fall asleep
Cuz the Boogie Man will creep
Through my window in my room
Stab me with a broken broom
Please don't let me fall sleep
Cuz the Boogie Man will creep
Through my window in my room
Stahhh... Boogie Woogie Woogie!"

Amy Mertz said...

There's a child in danger Cal. I hear it crying.

Calvin Mertz said...

A ghost Babe. Just a ghost. Those can't hurt us. They can moan and wail and get you to sypmathize with them, but they are nothing more than ether; impressions of lost souls.

Amy Thompson said...

But -

Calvin Mertz said...

Shh, no. Curl up over there by Meg and Indy. His dream catcher will keep you from hearing the hauntings.

Go on, good girl. I'll find this lost ghost and keep it company. This house must be calling to my insomniac nature. I don't mind.

I come here for an adventure, and by God, if talking to aliens and ghosts is what that adventure entails, who am I to argue.

So go on, get some sleep. The spell of this house doesn't affect healthy, balanced people.

Just us borderline neurotics. It's all good. Vic is prowling around somewhere, I can sense him. I'm safe.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Well, that wasn't such a bad rest... once the ghostly voices subsided. Guess our dreamcatcher did the trick, Indy.

How did you sleep, Amy? And where did Devi and Jesse wander off to?

Amy Thompson said...

I slept fine after snuggling next to you two. That dream catcher is amazing.

Wonder where my husband went.

Calvin Mertz said...

(door creaks)

Morning guys. Here, I went for coffee and donuts when it got light out.

The music last night was just a bunch of kids roamin around with a boom box. Didn't think anyone still had those anymore.

Nutmeg Cross said...

What's a boom box? Is it like a stereo? We didn't have those where I grew up - although we did listen to NPR on the radio a lot - but I think I might've seen one in Chicago...

Indigo Cypress said...

Thanks for the coffee, Cal. Much appreciated.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Thanks for the donuts, too. I didn't eat sweets growing up, but lately, I've been making up for it a little bit. I don't eat a lot of that kind of stuff, but when it's free, it's hard to pass up!

Devi Marconi said...

Morning, everyone! Sorry Jesse and I disappeared last night. We've been living underground for so long that we went a little crazy exploring this new place. It was certainly spooky, but oddly enough, the bats in the attic made us feel right at home. As long as we didn't disturb them, they didn't disturb us.

But I must admit the house looks different in the light of day. Nevin might be right - it could be downright lovely if it were fixed up a bit.

Jesse Littleton said...

I don't know about that, dear. Ruby Hollow is cleaner at least.

Devi Marconi said...

Oh, you're just saying that 'cause you've never left Kentucky before. Hard to accept some place new when the Hollow is all you've ever known.

Jesse Littleton said...

Thanks for rubbing it in.

Think it's time for some coffee.

Calvin Mertz said...

It is a beautiful house, from a construction workers point of view. I could really enjoy restoring it. We have lots of these old plantation type houses in Oroville, and everytime we get a contract to remodel one I'll put everything aside just to be inside it.

Like biting off a piece of history. I wonder if this is owned by the Historical Society, or if its up for sale.

Amy Thompson said...

All questions for later Sweetie. I'm ready to go home and take a long hot soak. Care to join me?

Calvin Mertz said...

Oh yeah! (quickly picks up their trash)

See y'all later.

Kaelin said...

I like to terrorize the enemy.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Huh?

Nutmeg Cross said...

Oh, I get it, Kaelin. You were answering Christine's question...

Obviously, I've had too much coffee today.