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Halloween Fright!

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First posted October 28, 2012.

I remember when I was a kid all the prep work that went into preparing for this day.  I never was one for the princess or faeries costumes, that just would not be right for a tomboy.  I do distinctly remember dressing up like a girl Paul Stanley when I was 14...I had the platform boots, make up and the hair...that was a great Halloween.  But, when I was 15, I had a Halloween that I will never forget.  At 15 you are pretty much too old for Trick or Treating and as you all know, teenagers with time on their hands usually get into some kind of mischief...this was one of those times.  My girlfriend and I lied and told our mom's we were staying the night at each other's house.  I was surprised that our mom's didn't check, but this was one time that they didn't.  We had planned to stay out all night with other friends who did not have parents as strict as ours and we were all going to this house that was on the outskirts of town that supposed to be had all been initiated on a dare, one now I wish I had not given into.  So, off we went in a little caravan of cars to go to this house.  We had our flashlights and the guys brought bolt cutters and a crowbar if needed.  Let me describe this house.  It was built in the late 1800s, 3 stories tall and it had been abandoned for many years.  I had heard adults talking about it once and they said the last people who lived there in the 70s had only been there a month or so and they just up and disappeared leaving everything behind down to food on the table.  Has anyone seen the animated "Monster House"?  Anyway, it looked a lot like it.  It has a big wrap around porch with the tall arched windows and it kinda leans to one side.  Frankly, just standing outside of it in daylight is creepy.  But, at night this house is just plain terrifying.  Of course us girls were being all brave, because we could not let the boys see that we were scared.  So, up the steps we went and I really do not think there was one of us in the bunch that wasn't dragging their feet or trying to find a way out of this dare.  It is at this point I will stop going into too much detail because this is where it really scares the hell out of me to this day.  The house creaked from every foot placement and the smell was musty and cold, not to mention that it was a bit dangerous because some of the floor boards were missing.  I have to say pretty much right away we started to hear things, like voices and the longer we stayed the scarier it got and we all would have run out of there by then if it hadn't been for that damn dare.  We had been up to all three floors in record breaking time (fear) and then someone had to say "hey, this place has a basement, doesn't it."  Shit!  It was right about this time that we heard footsteps on the second floor and a door close...but we were all on the main floor!  Everyone lost their composure for a minute.  That right there had my friend and I ready to hell with the dare!  But, then the cute guy in the group that all us girls swooned over was like "your not scared are you"?  Frickin' idiots we all off we went looking for the basement door.  It was in the kitchen and those stupid boys talked us girls into going first...I hate boys!  The air physically changed as soon as we opened the door, it became thicker somehow and the hair on my whole body just stood up.  You felt someone was there waiting just out of sight in the shadows.  We had all made it down as in off the stairs when the basement door slammed closed!  But, everyone was in the basement!!!  WE FREAKED OUT!!!  This is where I tell you chivalry went right out the door.  The boys practically stepped on us four girls to get up the stairs first and my friend actually got pushed down.  So, I did the right thing and reached to help her up and we were the last two up the stairs.  What I am about to tell you changed my I was pushing her up the stairs something or someone grabbed my ankle through the stairs and I fell forward thankfully.  As I worked to right myself I could see through the stairs and all I can tell you is what I saw was not among the living.  We all made it out of the house and I never told what happened to me except to my girlfriend who was kind, but felt that my mind had been playing tricks on me.  But, we all had heard so many things in that house that night and everyone chose to play it off, except me...I guess it was their way of dealing with it.  The house is still there today and surprisingly it was bought my senior year for the sole purpose of using it for a haunted house for Halloween.  I had heard my neighbor's dad talk about all the accidents, mishaps and how workers would just up and walk off the job while it was going through construction to bring it up to personally...I can say I was not surprised in the least by what I heard.  When it opened for Halloween, none of us from the group of kids who went out there on the dare would go...and we all knew why.  I don't know if I was the only one in the group that was physically touched and saw something...if anything else happened to any of the others, they never talked about it.

I just found out recently that the house was actually tore down in 1999.  I had no idea having not lived there since graduation.  I also found out it only was used twice for Halloween, the last year being the year I graduated...I find that interesting.  I was
going to do some research on it, but decided it was best to leave well enough alone.

So many faves, not enough time!

Dear Friends! I want to thank you all for your amazing support of my work! I can't express to you how much it means to me. But, as most of you have come to understand for yourselves, there comes a point when you just can't keep up, and I am there now and have been for awhile and it has become exhausting. But, I will continue to make a point to respond as often as I can and I will answer all of your comments, I just ask that you be patient with me, for it may take a little time for me to get to you. So, again...thank you all for your support, input and kind words. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to be watched by.

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I picked up my first camera when I was 8 and started taking photograph's seriously at the age of 15 in High School. I cannot imagine life without my cameras, they go where I go and it drives my family crazy. If they have learned anything at all, they have learned that if they want us to get where we are going, make sure I am not driving. Because I stop every time I see something photo worthy, which is all the time.;o)

Favorite photographer's: Steve McCurry, Michael Nichols and Baron Wolman
Favorite movies: Maleficent, Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Red, Harry Potter, Underworld series, Lord of the Rings, How to Train Your Dragon

Favorite TV shows: NCIS, Alaska State Troopers , Alaska Railroad, H2, Ghost Hunters, National Geographic

Favorite bands / musical artists, genre: Classic Rock, Alternative, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Alter Bridge, Daughtry, Disturbed, Rev Theory, Seether, Shinedown, Three Doors Down, etc, etc.

Favorite books: Anything by Susanna Kearsley or Laura Vosika, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Raymond Feist

Favorite games: Words with Friends/Wii Bowling/Chess/Mexican Train

Tools of the Trade:
Primary cameras: Nikon D3100 and D40x w/Nikkor and Tamron lenses. Often traveled w/Nikon E8700. Retired equipment: Coolpix 885 and Minolta x370 (it was my primary camera for 20+ years)

Other Interests:
Biking, Hiking and Roller Coasters


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jeanbeanxoxo Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for faving!! :huggle:
Scooby777 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure!
MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Lovely Kitty by KmyGraphic

Thanks for the Faves!
Scooby777 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure, Penny!
JACAC Featured By Owner 1 day ago
:happybounce: Hug +fav Hug :happybounce: 
Scooby777 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course, Jose!
Okavanga Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Glad you liked the canal walk shots, Sheri - many thanks for the faves.

David :heart:
Scooby777 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure, my dear friend!
StallionDesigns Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the faves Sheri. :)
Scooby777 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure, Gino!
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