That, my friends, is a pathetic attempt at a Vincent Price-esque scary laugh. It loses a little in print, no?
At the end of last month we went on the Willhoughby Ghost Walk. I really had fun*. Which is different than "I had fun!" and even "I had fun." I would have had more fun if it weren't $15 a person. I would have had more fun if we got to go into one or two of the creepy places we were hearing about. I would have had tons of fun if something had tapped me on the shoulder or appeared in misty form. But alas, the spirits were all well behaved that night.
We did get to go into the local cemetery, which is always spooky fun at night. We walked down to the Willhoghby Coal Supply store and heard about how one of the owners allegedly killed the other and how the place has had lots of unexplained activity over the years. It was interesting to listen to the stories and the story teller was great - she acted all scared to stand in front of the windows, as if something might come out and get her.
One of the last stops on the walk was at a bed and breakfast. She never told the story of how the place got haunted (the initial death story) but had tales of workers renovating it reporting all kinds of weird things happening. After this tour I'm firmly convinced that ghosts think it's a real hoot to make off with construction worker's tools. Oh, Casper, you crazy ghost! I was kind of blowing the place off as being not truly haunted, because none of the activity was that ghostly. But then she told us that the place is so creepy that the owners moved out after living there only a short time and they don't even spend the night when they have overnight visitors. The place is beautiful, but even when there are guests the owners make the food and feed them, make sure they're set for the night and then leave them, locking the door behind them. Guests have reported all manor of unexplained sounds, from foot steps in the hall to doors being scratched on.
After the tour we headed back to the car and I dared Ted and Molly to sit on the stairs of the B&B and have their picture taken. They didn't seem like it was any big deal, but there was no way I would have sat with my back to the front door. I'm a bona fide chicken. And even though I think most of what we heard is just crazy stories with logical explanations, I do sort of believe in ghosts. And one is better safe than sorry in that regard.
I'm not going to lie: my most favorite thing about this layout is the little spooky fun box! It was part of the package that Kathleen sent. It's a wood veneer piece and it was a little too start as naked wood, but I just used a black Sharpie to color it in and then used a sanding block to rough it up a little. Also, I've never successfully managed to cut vellum on my Silhouette before (and then I quit trying) so I was super excited that this worked out. The word 'ghost" is cut from the Silhouette (shocker!) using the font LD Petticoat Black, which I got in the Silhouette store. Some months I feel like my subscription money is best spent of fonts that I know will cut well. The fact that it sort of works with my layout is just a bonus.