A disturbing new trend in fog-affected New England towns is for spirits to use spectral lures, in this case halloween decorations and lights, to lure unsuspecting people to investigate once vacant houses. This turns them into a haunted house nightmare, where people walk through the threshold and the door slams shut thus trapping them inside for a full evening of ghostly scares, mental anguish and not a whole lot of sleep.
These truly haunted houses have begun popping up in various locations and blend in with the surroundings. Some people have decorated early, and the spirits have taken this queue and begun celebrating early as well. These freaky mind-melting experience houses tend to be in more populated small towns and cities, leaving the rural haunting spots to the scarecrows and pumpkin patches.
Some believe there is a way to tell if a person’s house is indeed inhabited by a living being or a malevolent spirit. The old practice of throwing salt seems to be a common thing the Tuppenny staff have heard from talking with one town’s affected locals. Superstition dictates that throwing salt at any ghostly apparition (in this case lights and festive decorations) will disrupt the spiritual field, making it flicker. We cannot say whether this works a hundred percent of the time but locals felt confident that it is one way to distinguish between genuinely decorated houses or Trick-Or-Treating traps.
Until we have substantiated proof that this does indeed work caution is advised. When you go out and see an impressive display and want to talk or trick-or-treat with the owner of such a house- tossing a little salt might be the thing that saves you a night of vicious haunting.
Wynn Gwynn is an Illustrator, Editor and Writer of Tuppenny Dreadful, a media company in Darkside of Ealdwic London- Shades District.