Posts Tagged‘spooky scary’

Time Windows

My older brother taught himself to read by watching Wheel of Fortune, and then taught me to read before I started kindergarten. While I enjoyed reading as a kid, I was never what you would call a voracious reader. When I was in grade school, our district introduced the Accelerated Reader program – a system which assigns levels and points to books, and quotas to students based on their reading levels. I suppose it could be seen as a way to “gamify” reading, but for me, and many other students, it turned reading into a chore. By junior high, I was pretty…

Haunted House Frustration

Over the weekend we went to check out our first haunted house of the season, “The Warehouse: Project 4.1” up in Rockville, MD.  Late September is a little early for Halloween activities, even for me, but we were able to get a Living Social half-off deal and were going to be in the area anyway, so we went ahead and kicked off haunt-season early.  I won’t go into too much detail as to not spoil anyone, but I would like to get my general thoughts about the experience out of my system. The marketing for this house had me really…

Fear and Spookiness

There is a certain puzzle on The Stone that I hate because it scares me.  It has a creepy sound element, and it scared the bejeezus out of me the first time I accidentally moused-over and heard it.  The topic of the puzzle was spooky as well, and the solving process was tortuous for me.  I couldn’t finish it fast enough (and we all know the Stone solving process isn’t exactly quick to begin with).  Though a lot of Stone puzzles gave me the creeps over the years, this is the only one I have actively avoided after solving.  I…

The Winchester Mystery House

24,000 square feet, 160 rooms, 38 years of construction, and who knows how many restless spirits — it’s the Winchester Mystery House!  I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write about this place.  The House is located in San Jose, CA and it’s truly bizarre.  Two of my dearest friends told me about the Winchester House back in 2008, and when my husband and I spent our honeymoon in San Francisco we decided we had to try and go check it out. There are many different versions, but the basic story goes that in after the death of…

Haunts on the Brain

It may only be August, but my mind is already fixed on my favorite month of the year — October!  I love the weather, fashion, and activities that come with fall and October, my birthday is in October, my favorite holiday (Halloween) is in October, and October means haunted houses!  (Haunted houses might not seem to fit within the theme of this blog, but I love haunted houses with all my heart, and I’ll be damned if I run a blog where they don’t belong!  Just file them under “adventure” with a small dose of “mystery” and let’s all move…

The Time I Stumbled Upon Britannia Manor Part II

This is Part II of the story, catch up with Part I here! We turned down the road that passes right by the construction site for Mark III, though it was hard to see much in the dark.  When we reached the intersection where I had turned around and left during my previous visit, we now found a man in a neon security vest with a flashlight.  We rolled down our window and he asked us what event we were there for.  That seemed like a weird question at the time (what else would we be there for?), so we…

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal at House on the Hill

In recent years, board games seem to be experiencing a huge surge in popularity, with lots of new and interesting titles popping up in game stores, homes, and college dorms. The Settlers of Catan has become a household name, and games like Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders, and Small World are following close behind. Games of this new generation tend to have complex rules, strong themes, and beautiful artwork. So far my favorite title from this board game Renaissance is Betrayal at House on the Hill, published by Avalon Games. The horror theme is something fun and different, but what…

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-o-Scream 2011

Eyeball Roses

Nick and I took a trip to Williamsburg back in October to check out Busch Garden’s annual halloween festivities:  Howl-o-Scream!  At first glance, Halloween activities might not seem to have anything to do with mysteries or puzzles, but I think Halloween shares the same appealing spirit of adventure and intrigue.  After all, it’s a night where everyone wears a disguise!  And haunted houses are full of mystery (what’s around the next corner, and where will the next ghoul surprise me from?).  There might not be any puzzles or mysteries to solve, but the atmosphere is definitely in the same family.…