Halloween is approaching fast! And it seems like it’s just the start of all things holiday season, that first real push into decorating, preparing, and crafting.
Outside of those things is that underlying sense of family, and even education. There are so many fun things to learn and do together as a family as fall gets into full swing and Halloween looms ahead, outside of just trick or treating, making costumes, and carving pumpkins.
I’ve shared a lot of my personal Halloween traditions with you this fall, as you’ve seen us visit the Lousiburg Cider Mill and the KC Pumpkin Patch and Fear Farm. All of these things are part of the local travel that we do around the KC area in the fall. Most of my readers can relate to visiting these same types of places near them… fall farms, orchards, mills, patches, and more.
Growing up south of KC, we always heard a lot of spooky stories that seemed to resurface around this time of year. We’d rehash stories of the tunnels going through our town as part of the underground railroad, and of course, kids in town always talked about the possibility of ghosts. If there are spooky tunnels, there must be spooky ghosts haunting them, right? There were tales of ghosts in the mental hospital miles away, and how haunted some wings were to the point they were rarely used. There was also talk of the Johnson County Jails and the ghosts that lurked in the courthouses and jail systems… some of which I’ve heard is quite true, and some of which may be the figment of imaginations in dark, quiet, spooky places.
I’ve always been interested in tales and legends of hauntings and spooky spirits lingering around. Whether they’re true or false, I’ll never fully know. And the details of the stories clearly get embellished over time as children’s imaginations run wild and parents add details that send chills up spines…
But some hotels and haunted places have some really unique stories and histories behind them. From an educational standpoint, right around Halloween is a perfect time to start studying up on these spooky spooky stories! This great article from the travel website GogoBot is perfect for giving you a jumpstart on research about five creepy places that happen to have haunted histories.
Do you have ghost stories surrounding the area you live in? Any specific haunted spots or your own personal experiences?
Do you have any fun traditions you do this time of year with your kids in terms of haunted hay rides, scary movies you like watching, visiting haunted houses or hearing infamous ghost stories? What is your favorite family tradition/memory?
Let me know in the comments below!