Haunted Humpday - Happy Fall

Fall is officially here! Does it feel like Fall where you are? It's definitely cooling down here though never cool enough for me. I still dream of a proper crisp September Autumn every year but that's just not going to happen here so I'll just try to appreciate our version of Fall. Pumpkins, sandals and all.

I started putting a few Halloween touches on my mantle. Here is the first pumpkin I picked up a week ago. I think I already mentioned how manic I am about pumpkin stems. I love how this one is curvy and twisty.

Many of my witchy things stay out year round. I have a collection of these mini spell books and card decks. I keep them on my mantle all the time. The cool skelly necklace is a gift from our lovely hostess from years ago. Always one of my favorites.

More of my mini spell books and a handful of Mardi Gras beads of course.

My Lucinda witch dolly and little pumpkin girl stay out all year long too. They live on a tea cart in my art space. Even when I'm not doing a whole lot of art I still love to be around my creative stuff.

I also keep a print of this piece up on my wall. I painted it 2 years ago for an animal shelter charity auction. I've used it as my Halloween card the past 2 years and I'm hoping it might inspire me to create a new one this year.

We have been having horrific wildfires in our area and as a result our skies have put on a mesmerizing show at sunset. A few nights ago the air was so bad with smoke and haze that we got this stunningly haunting cloud cover at sunset. It was truly surreal. My son and I decided to check out all the Halloween offerings at our local shops. It was our version of trick-or-treating and with the eerie sky outside it was a bittersweet pre-Autumn treat.

Thanks for stopping by again and don't forget to visit Marfi at Incipient Wings for more spooky fun.

Haunted Humpday Traveler

Time for another Haunted Humpday. Today I'm taking you on a trip to the other side of the world to where my family came from. My grandmother had many fascinating stories and the spooky ones were the ones that always stayed with me. Although this place is not about her hometown, I was intrigued by it because it's about a house.

First, a little history: The city of Baguio is a well known tourist spot in the Philippines. It's a beautiful city and like the rest of the country, it reflects a history of colonization by different regimes. Although the Philippines was mainly under Spanish rule, both America and Britain took possession of it at some point in time.

The Philippines is the only Asian country that speaks English along with it's own language (Tagalog), a mixture of Spanish and native dialects. It's also the only Catholic country in Asia which makes it ripe for countless stories about possession, hauntings and lost souls but that's for another post.

In the 1920's, while under American rule, a wealthy family built an imposing white Victorain house on Leonard Wood Road. The Laperals were part of one of the oldest Baguio dynasties and the details in the architecture of the house showed off their wealth.

Most homes built by wealthy families were Spanish colonials. Even in less affluent towns the architecture showed a heavy Spanish influence so this Victorian house was highly unusual. Another city called Vigan reflects it's Spanish heritage more than any other place. It's narrow streets resemble old European cities much more than it's humble Filipino surroundings.

Places like this bring back memories of tales of people losing their way while out on a late night walk. Someone would see an elderly woman on the street and out of fright, would turn down another street only to encounter the same woman until they became completely lost. My father swore this happened to him as a young man.

But back to the Laperal House.

The story goes that during WWII Japanese soldiers took over the Laperal house and tortured and killed nearly all of its residents. I know this also happened in my grandmother's hometown from her own stories. It was a brutal war where families fled their homes to escape the ruthless soldiers and ran into the woods to hide.

For decades, local townspeople told stories of hearing screams coming from the old house which sat vacant for some time. One well known tale was about a child seen on the stairway at the front of the house. Many believed the child was the owner's grandson who was hit by a car while crossing the street.

There are also tales of a woman appearing in a third floor window. Believed to be the spirit of the young child's nanny who was killed in that house. The house's owner was said to have survived the war but died later when he slipped on the front stairway.

Because of the home's solid structure it remained a presence in the community allowing it's haunted tales to be passed along to the next generation. Today the house is a museum that's open to the public. It's a favorite destination for budding ghost hunters, and visitors tell their own stories of eerie encounters.

I've never visited the Laperal White House and although I've heard other haunted house stories from my grandmother, this one intrigued me the most because it wasn't until recently that I saw pictures.

Of course what struck me right away was how much it looked like the Practical Magic movie house. To see an old Victorian in the last place I expected was a curious surprise. That it's somehow tied to the country that's part of my heritage made it even more fascinating.

The weather is starting to cool down here although this past weekend we were back up in the ghastly 100's again. But the nice weather person said it will feel more like Autumn this week. Last night I enjoyed rereading a tattered old book I've had for decades. In between I indulged in the latest issue of the Victorian Trading catalog. Perfect reading while the Delta breeze whistled outside my window.

Now that I think I'm smelling wet moss and old wood as I type, I think it's time for me to call it a night. Which reminds me, the city's name, Baguio (pronounced without the 'u'), comes from an old word that means moss.

Thank you again to Marfi for hosting and Happy Haunted Humpday.

There's more to see at Incipient Wings.

Haunted Humpday 3

Happy late Haunted Humpday!

It's been a little bit of a crazy week here but I couldn't miss an HH post and I have a couple of cute and spooky things to share.

I'm loving all the autumn and Halloween goodies in the shops. One of our grocery stores always puts out a great display for Fall and this week they finally got into the spirit.

Look at this box of baby pumpkins. Don't you love the stems on them? I am a stem geek and have been known to warn cashiers not to lift my pumpkins by the stem. I think it's the best part and it gives each pumpkin character.

This little guy went home with us.

I also adore these velvet faux pumpkins. I've seen them over the last few years and I've always admired them. This one is a deep green black. I might just break down this year and buy one.

I don't need another witch for my collection but I love seeing all the different ones every year. There's nothing like being greeted by an impressive seasonal display of orange and black.

These were also very cool. I love the angry pumpkin especially.

The floral department had this bewitching display. Shopping for groceries should be this fun all year long.

This was my favorite. I kept going back to it between picking up veggies and cereal. Maybe there's room in my yard for just one more.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Humpday. Please visit the lovely Marfi at Incipient Wings for more spooky fun.

Haunted Humpday Sightings

Happy Haunted Humpday #2!

Many of the shops are in full Halloween mode now and I'm spotting more and more signs during my daily trips around town.

Even just having the banner go up is exciting!

This little mall (above) made me think of Disney's Halloweentown. Still one of my all time favorite series to watch to get into the spirit. I've been know to watch it in July which is about when I've had enough of summer and start wishing for Fall.

BTW, for any of you American Horror Story fans. I'm looking forward to seeing Halloweentown High alum, Finn Wittrock (Cody) in next season's Freak Show. Cody and Marni were a cute couple but my favorite character was always Grandma Aggie (Debbie Reynolds). I loved her little carpet bag.

I also found this Halloweentown wallpaper during my internet travels.

I couldn't find the artist but thought it was great.

This week is back to school for most of the kids. My son is starting college this year but as of this minute he apparently has other plans. We're still trying to sort it out.

I tried to take him shopping the other day but he had no interest in anything remotely academic so we ended up looking at Halloween stuff at Michael's. He said he has a plan. We'll see how this turns out.

I may need to buy one of these.

Update: School has started and he's decided to attend this semester with a few changes. I'm really proud of him for trying to work it out. Also, the Spirit Halloween shop opened since the day I took the picture about 2 weeks ago. Eeek!

Hope you're all having a great first week of September and remember to stop by Incipient Wings for the rest of Haunted Humpday. Thank you Marfi, for hosting!