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Wanderlust Wednesday ✈︎ October 2016

October is such a fun month! I love mythology, old folk tales, witch stories, etc. and this is the month that I let myself get tooootally caught up in the spooky feeling. That being said, this month’s edition is going to be all about the embracing the spooky and the mystical here in the United States.

Listen ✈︎

I think the first key to setting the mood for a spooky road trip (or whatever trip) is music. My go-to October album forever will be Dead Man’s Bones. It’s actually Ryan Gosling’s band and they’re like love songs for monsters along with other spooky things. Below is one of my favorites from the album and I think you should play it to finish out this post. Ya know, just for fun!

Watch ✈︎

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SLEEPY HOLLOW [1999] This old fashioned American tale is set in Sleepy Hollow, NY and this Tim Burton adaptation will leave you scared, but still strangely make you want to pack your bags to see this spooky town for yourself!

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HOCUS POCUS [1993] This is a Halloween tradition for many, and it has always been one of my very favorite seasonal movies! I would love to visit Salem to see all the witchy things and learn more about the history behind the witch trials and the women in the area, and I love getting all sneak peaks of Salem in this film.

Haunted Destinations ✈︎

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EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS – This beautiful, historical town in the Ozarks is said to be full of haunted spots and the most famous of them is the Crescent Hotel. The Crescent was the location of a hospital where a man was supposedly curing cancer with odd techniques and many of his patients and former guests of the hotel, still haunt the hotel to this day – they even offer ghost tours!

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STANLEY HOTEL, ESTES PARK, COLORADO – Matt and I just got back from a trip out to Colorado and stopping at Estes Park meant that we had to check out the Stanley Hotel. We stopped here for dinner with my uncle and I have decided that the next time we’re in Colorado we’re staying on the ultra-haunted 4th floor! If this looks familiar, that’s because the inside is where The Shining was filmed.

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SAINT LOUIS CEMETERY, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – I mean, any cemetery is a creepy destination, but I think that there’s something extra-creepy about these above ground tombs in the voodoo capital of the U.S.. In fact, the third photo is the Voodoo Queen’s tomb! I highly recommend taking a walking tour of this cemetery because you’ll learn all kinds of info about this cemetery.


I highly recommend google-ing any destination you’re visiting to see if you can find something spooky in that area – even in your own hometown! What about you?! What has inspired your travels to spooky destinations? 

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    Samantha | There She Goes Again
    October 6, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Oooh loving the spooky inspiration! I’m such a baby, and was even more of a fraidy cat growing up, so I never looked into the US’s spookier areas. (I seriously live not too far from the Eastern State Penitentiary and have refused to go!). I might have to try one or two of these when I’m home!

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    Gina Panozzo
    October 6, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I was just watching the series, Sleepy Hallow to get in the Halloween spirit because the weather is still really hot here in Korea. I’m also curious about visiting Salem and the real Sleepy Hallow myself! Definitely going on my America bucket list!

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    Anne Slater-Brooks
    October 6, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I love the idea of the spooky music. I have just returned from Transylvannia which is all about vampires obviously! Enjoy

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    Live Learn Venture (@LiveLearnVentur)
    October 6, 2016 at 1:41 am

    What a great post. I looooove fall and October for that matter. I especially love spooky things so this is so up my alley!

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    Sally Cochrane
    October 6, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Halloween is so big in the US. It really isn’t a major event in Australia like it is over there but I wish it was. Although I can’t even watch a scary movie without being scared haha

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    October 6, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Ghost tours are fun and finding spooky things on your trip is a hoot. Stayed in a haunted house once and couldn’t sleep a wink.

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    Megan Indoe
    October 6, 2016 at 4:57 am

    I miss Halloween time in the States! We are sad to miss it again this year! You picked some good haunted destinations on here! Near my parents house in Mansfield Ohio they have a famous haunted prison that’s been used in a bunch of movies like shawshank redemption and I’ve always wanted to do the tour this time of year!

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      Paige Wunder
      October 6, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Ooo! I bet that would be insanely cool! I’m a huge chicken and hate to be scared, but at the same time I’m so intrigued! There’s a haunted bridge over a farm that was burned down by an angry worker who was sleeping with the farmer’s wife right down the road from where we’re living and I’m dying to take my husband there one night – there are all these creepy remnants of the farm and everything!

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    Grandma Brown
    October 6, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Your Grandpa and I went with Melissa and Rhonda when they were teenagers through a haunted house and was scared to death!! Never again!!

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      Paige Wunder
      October 6, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Awe! Grandma! It’s so fun to get a comment from you! I can totally picture you going through a haunted house and I think it would look a lot like me going through a haunted house! So no spooky places for you then? Thanks for reading! Love you!

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    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits
    October 6, 2016 at 7:26 am

    This is such a good read, I enjoy reading since I’m also fond of spooky stuff. I really like how you have compiled all the photos and rhyme them with your words.

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    October 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

    October is ONE time I feel like I need to be in the states to enjoy Halloween in its true spookiness. India is not big on Halloween, at all and I love this holiday tons. Time to make travel plans around Halloween!

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    October 6, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I see you’re getting ready for Halloween. I appreciate it’s relevance in the US, I just wish Australia wouldn’t try to get on the bandwagon. It just doesn’t fit here. A few spooky movies I would love here.

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    October 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    OH! I love it. I’m a fan of spooky things and places too. I really feel the presence of Halloween this time.

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