Halloween is four weeks away!
Time to inaugurate the spooky season with a little taste of bone-chilling tales. Here’s a great list that runs down the most famous Washington hauntings.
Then head over to DC’s own version of the Blair Witch Project, the Washington Horror Tour. Its classic combination of realism and grand guignol may be just the thing to get you in the mood.
(With apologies to the author of WHT, that patch of grass that plays such an important part in its climax was actually the sight of something far more frightening in real life – the old motel that CUA bought and used as a dorm for a number of years before they tore it down. Ramshackle and rat-infested, it was so bad it made the bloody-halled Overlook look as inviting as the Burj al Arab. But then again, maybe it really was possessed. That dorm you see in the background of the picture in the Brookland story does feature prominently in a very creepy CUA urban legend …)
Want more shivers? It stands to reason that I should have some ghost stories of my own, living in a house that’s 110 years old and deep in Civil War hospital camp territory. But I’ll save them for closer to Halloween itself. What is terror without a little anticipation?
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs