Thank-you, Chad Huculak; we never figured you were actually doing a cartoon of us for the Edmonton Journal, just of haunted places.
In the link below, you can go to the Edmonton Journal site and see the cartoon:
Have fun on Halloween.
But remember your ancestors
and those who have left us in our lifetime.
Fright Nights Campout:
an adult summer camp with a creepy twist.
13 hours. One night.
The thrills of a lifetime.
Summer’s answer for the Halloween itch.
This is a great article, check it out:
The good news is there are a lot of Fright Nights Campouts events taking place this summer. The bad news is, they’re mostly in the Eastern and Southern U.S. BOOOO!
We need some locations in Canada!
The Fright Nights Campout Experience
Since they have so succinctly written it up on their website, here’s what their adult summer camp is all about:
The days of watching horror movies from the comfort and safety of your couch are over. With Fright Nights Campout, you are living the horror movie and all you have to do is survive the night with your friends. Do you think you have what it takes to make it through a night of being confronted with flesh eating, terror driven, blood soaked monsters? Gather up your friends, reserve a tent and put your horror movie skills to the test at Fright Nights Campout.
So, I’m sitting in the living room, listening to dead people singing Christmas songs written by dead people. Not being flippant or negative, but if you stop to think, the majority of Christmas songs are from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the people who wrote them are dead. Bing Crosby and a lot of other crooners are dead.
Our ancestors sat around a fire and listened to stories and people singing stuff that dead people had written also. Okay, not too sure about my segue way into this.
The Winter Solstice is a time to remember our loved ones who are with us and those who have passed. Those who cannot light the Yule Log, have a bonfire in the backyard, or a fire in the hearth; can light a candle and ask the Universe for an abundant 2016 and for Spring to come sooner than later.
Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice:
(North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Northern Africa)
December Solstice 2015: December 22, at 04:48 UTC.
Create your own traditions and rituals with the Winter Solstice. Ones that will help you get through the dark, cold winter and take you away from the commercial Christmas buying and pressure. Start with a candle or a drum and photos of family present and past. Honour your dead with memories and stories. This is the time of year that our relatives who have passed on and crossed over will come and visit and watch us enjoy the holiday celebrations.
Take note that in these celebrations, when you are taking pictures with your cell phone or a camera; to consciously ask your loved ones who have passed, to be in the pictures with everyone. And double check your photos to see if you have a glowing orb or two, or some mist-like stuff in the pics. You might even be lucky enough to get part of a figure or head. (e-mail us the pic if you do-we’d love to put it up on here!!!!)
Help a needy family, donate to a deserving charity, feed some animals in your neighbourhood. And have a wonderful Yule/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa – everything!
Blair Street and Niddry Vaults
We went on the overnight Vaults Vigil held in the Blair Street Vaults in Edinburgh. As part of the first year of the Mary King’s Ghost Fest, we were privileged to have seen both the Blair Street Vaults and the Niddry Vault. The event was run by Mercat Tours and the two guides who helped facilitate our stay were Gary and Emma. They were very helpful, friendly and well-learned about the historical facts.
You can read some of the history of the vaults by going to the site www.mercattours.com.
First we walked through the Cowgate Close to see the Niddry Vault. I was busy taking pictures in the vault when I had a sharp blinding pain on the right side of my head and then an impression of a man who was bludgeoned to death in that particular area. I knew there was some energy around so I took lots of pictures and did capture an orb present with us in the vault. From there, Gary took us walking over to a non-descript building (meanwhile my head thankfully cleared up once we were outside) and entered into the most haunted Blair Street Vaults!
We were split into groups of six and really liked the group we were in. Three people in the group didn’t have equipment but they had eyes and ears and senses so they let us know when they heard or felt something. John and Mel, the friendly husband and wife couple from Edinburgh, were equipment-less but had a lot of things happening to them. In one room Mel kept having one of her arms go cold and numb on her. They could also smell different things like pipe smoke and a floral smell. I unfortunately can’t remember the other two ladies names in our group, but they were very patient and fast-learning ghost hunters. The one girl from Australia with a camera was getting some amazing orbs in her pictures.
All of the groups were able to explore each room in the vault and then we got to pick which one we wanted to do a vigil in. Some people in other groups were getting fantastic manifestation pictures. We were getting a little frustrated and jealous (just kidding). However, when you have a digital camera, you can’t always see everything that your camera has caught. So you have to learn patience as a ghost hunter and know that you will get something if you are open to it.
In one of the rooms I had an instant impression of a shirtless man in his early to mid-twenties dressed only in dark long pants. He had shoulder length sweaty hair and his face reminded me of the actor Robert Carlyle. He was very wiry and was a bare-knuckle fighter back in the early 1700’s. These were not ordinary boxing matches, they always fought to the death. This spirit was a very successful boxer, so all the gamblers coming to the vaults would bet on him. John, who laid down on his mat in this room, managed to get his forehead slapped by some entity.
I could not get any other clear impressions of people who had once lived down there as there were too many people in the vaults. The strange thing that happened to our group every time we moved to a different room in the vaults is the temperature would drop after the first 5-8 minutes we were in there. And it wasn’t our imagination, we took temperature readings every time, and the drops were sometimes up to a 10 degree difference. In one room, we started to see our breath after being in there for more than 10 minutes.
We were happy with the outcome of our vigil in the vaults after seeing the video footage and our pictures. Thanks to Mercat Tours, Gary and Emma, The Edinburgh Ghost Fest, and our four partners with us in the vault.
To find out more about the Edinburgh Ghost Fest, go here: edinburghghostfest.co.uk.
To find out more about the history behind the Edinburgh Vaults, check out this site: www.realmarykingsclose.com
In addition, Bite Me Magazine had an article on us in one of their issues.
Edinburgh Mercat Ghost Hunter Tour
The night before, we went on the Mercat Ghost Hunter Tour. It leaves the Royal Mile (you meet at the Mercat Cross) and winds through the sinister, dark ‘closes’ of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and into Greyfriar’s Graveyard. It then enters the permanently locked Covenanters Prison which contains the Black Mausoleum – site of the famous MacKenzie Poltergeist. We had a fun tour guide and never got to experience the poltergeist but had plenty of energy in the tomb. We captured a few pictures of orbs in the mausoleum. Unfortunately our tour started at 8:30 so it wasn’t very dark at the time. But we managed to have some darkness near the end that made conditions favourable.