Some new haunting travels are coming your way…
With the return of October, strange spirits crossed through a hidden veil into our world. They turned up everywhere, from the Netherworld of Georgia to the Fright Kingdom of New England. And many of us couldn’t help but feel a strange draw to join them.
“Haunting Workspaces” is a new project based on doing just that. Throughout October of 2016, Chris Kullstroem led a journey to dark and enchanted realms across 13 states. We ventured to some of the biggest scare attractions in the country, and stopped at eye-catching Halloween displays in neighborhoods and business districts.
With each gateway into fabricated horror and death, we saw glimpses of what these shows reflect about the evolution of American Halloween.
Many are familiar with the history of the holiday. Centuries ago, the Celts of ancient Ireland believed that spirits could enter the world of the living in late October. Since that time, many factors have played a role in our changing beliefs, from the rise of Christianity to the skepticism of science. But shadows of the legends remain. We dress as the dead. We tell stories of sinister creatures rising from their graves. And we gather around the fire to celebrate the coming months of darkness.
In addition to our mystical history, our October travels included speaking with people who own, operate and act in haunted attractions. We asked questions about what it’s like to work in such a unique, monstrous industry, and what the public has come to expect from a fun, Halloween outing.
With the travels concluded on November 1st, a new form of madness begins: bringing the travels to the written page. Stay tuned for a new publication on the American Halloween experience, and what creating and portraying the haunting workspaces we know and love really entails.
Did you miss the adventures?
It’s never too late – that’s why they invented death!