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October 30, 2006, Herald Journal

Do you believe in ghosts?


I’ve never been into Halloween as much as some people are. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the pumpkins and decorations, but I don’t like having to figure out what I’m going to wear for a costume. I don’t want to look dumb or spend too much money, so getting my costume ready is usually a last-minute thing.

Halloween is known for the horror that’s supposed to take place, at least that is what the movies try to tell us. For example, witches and goblins and the walking dead that come out to get humans on Ol’ Hallows Eve.

Okay, even though those things don’t happen (very often!), it’s still exciting to think about. One of my favorite things about Halloween is the stories people begin to tell when the day draws nearer. Ghost stories are my favorite. Even though they scare me, they still intrigue me.

I’m not sure if this is just me or if other people have the same reaction, but if someone is telling me a scary story or I’m reading it myself, my eyes will fill up with water. Every time. But I love them. I love hearing about objects moving on their own, random noises, and sightings.

Why are people so intrigued with ghost stories? It’s the whole fact that they are, most times, unexplainable and could quite possibly be true. That’s the exciting part, no one knows for sure.

Is the story real? Did it really happen, or was it just a fragment of the imagination? Was it a ghost, a demon or spirit? Or aren’t there such things? Well, I think there is, and people are crazy if they think there are no such things as ghosts.

I’ve never had a ghostly experience, until recently. Three times, my stereo came on by itself. At first, I thought it had been set on a timer, but it hadn’t. I’m not scared, I’m sure it’s nothing, but it still makes me wonder.

Also, the close captioning on my TV will randomly turn on without me even pushing a button. Maybe the ghost is Spanish!

For Halloween, I wanted to do an article about a freaky occurrence in the DC area. Unfortunately, I don’t have any scary stories to tell from the area. But, it’s hard to believe there isn’t ANYTHING that can be deemed as an unexplainable occurrence locally. It would be fun to hear if there is.

I enjoy hearing ghost stories that happened around Minnesota. It makes it even that more real.

Most ghost stories are about a person who had died. The interesting part, is finding out how they died. This usually gives some sort of explanation on why particular occurrences happened. Usually, the deaths were a result of murders or suicides; lost souls angry at the world, or their killer coming to seek revenge.

I hope I never come across a ghost, but if I do, I hope it’s as nice as Casper.