6 haunted houses that were once worth over $1 million by Erin McDowell

One of the most common horror movie plotlines involves innocent folks believing they’re getting an incredible deal on a new home, only to discover the place is haunted. However, what if that were to happen in real life?

Many homes are made only more valuable due to their haunted reputations. Some haunted houses become tourist attractions or even the subjects of big Hollywood horror franchises, attracting fans from across the world to their doors. However, other haunted houses have only been sold after dramatic price cuts.

We consulted Zillow records to determine the price history of some of America’s most notorious haunted houses. While they were all priced at more than $1 million at one point, they are all now worth considerably less, either due to changing housing markets, dilapidation, or perhaps even paranormal occurrences scaring away buyers.

Here are six haunted houses that were once worth millions, but are now worth much less.

Amityville Horror House, Long Island, NY

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Popularly known as the Amityville Horror House, 112 Ocean Avenue still stands and is remembered as the site of a mass murder in which six people were killed. On the night of November 13, 1974, 23-year-old Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. shot and murdered his entire family while they slept. Those murdered included DeFeo’s two parents and his four siblings.

A little over a year after the murders, the Lutz family purchased the home for a reduced price of $80,000, on account of the house’s sinister reputation. They only lasted 28 days before moving out of the house, citing paranormal happenings like strange odors, green slime oozing out of the walls and keyholes, and cold spots appearing throughout the house.

Stepfather George Lutz also reported waking up at 3:15 AM every night, around the time DeFeo carried out the murders. Perhaps the strangest and most terrifying instances of all, the family claimed wife Kathy and sons Daniel and Christopher levitated off their beds.

The home, which underwent renovations and an address change in order to deter investigators or horror fans from visiting the property, was listed for $1.15 million in 2010. However, it sold for $950,000. In 2017, it sold for $605,000. It has been repeatedly cited as one of the most haunted places in America.

Source: BiographyTime

Charming Forge Mansion, Womelsdorf, PA

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Built in 1784 and restored in 1994, this Georgian-style mansion has seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, seven working fireplaces, and original Colonial-era details and woodwork.

Described as the perfect home for “thrill seekers,” the Charming Forge Mansion in Womelsdorf, PA has been the site of multiple paranormal occurrences. Ghost stories include reports of a woman heard crying in the hallways, sightings of a man in the house’s backyard, and various noises reportedly sounding like German prisoners of war circa the American Revolution.

The mansion was originally listed for $2,500,000 in 2009 but has been on and off the market for the past ten years. Its most recent listing was for $695,000.

Source: ZillowRealtor

Franklin Castle, Cleveland, OH

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Considered one of the most haunted places in Ohio, Franklin Castle in Cleveland has quite the paranormal history. The Victorian-style home was originally built in the 1880s by grocer-turned-banker Hannes Tiedemann. Many of Tiedemann’s close relatives died in the house, including his 15-year-old daughter, his mother, his wife, and three other of his infant children.

After Tiedemann died in 1908, it spent many years as a German cultural center and base for the German Socialist Party. However, throughout the 1960s, tales surfaced of paranormal activity within the castle walls. Visitors have claimed they’ve experienced electrical surges, heard crying babies, and even saw a mysterious woman emerging from black steam.

Rumors of heinous acts, like multiple murders and a mass shooting motivated by Nazi politics in the basement, have emerged. However, many of these claims are unsubstantiated. Regardless, people have claimed to see apparitions such as Tiedemann’s illegitimate daughter, who is rumored to have been hanged by her father, and his mistress, who he also allegedly killed with an axe.

In early 1984, Michael DeVinko, an actor and the last husband of Judy Garland, purchased Franklin Castle. DeVinko reportedly spent close to one million dollars renovating Franklin Castle before selling. However, fires occurred over the years that damaged the home. In 2011, it only sold for a mere $260,000, down from its $350,000 selling price in 1999. The home is now reportedly vacant.

Source: Atlas ObscuraCleveland.com

LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, LA

LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, LA
The LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, LA.

Located at 1140 Royal St in New Orleans, Louisiana, the LaLaurie Mansion boasts six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and one horrifying history. Originally built for visiting French royalty, the mansion dates back to the 1800s.

In 1832, Madame Delphine LaLaurie moved into the mansion. Many lavish parties were thrown in the residence, and LaLaurie cemented herself as a member of New Orleans’ elite class. However, rumors and accusations surfaced of LaLaurie’s mistreatment of her slaves.

When a fire broke out at the residence in 1834, firefighters attempting to contain the blaze discovered “seven horribly mutilated slaves who had been imprisoned in the house for some time,” according to Atlas Obscura. An angry mob descended upon the house, destroying as much as they could get their hands on. Madame LaLaurie then fled to Paris, where she lived out the rest of her days.

The house is still featured on many New Orleans ghost tours, as people speculate the souls of the slaves mistreated within its walls still haunt the premises. However, no one is allowed inside as the home is now a private residence.

Zillow now values the property at an estimated $854,321, compared to its $2,100,000 selling price in 2010.

Source: New Orleans Historical — University of New Orleans and Tulane UniversityZillowAtlas Obscura

Pillars Estate, Albion, NY

Pillars Estate, Albion, NY
The Pillars Estate in Albion, NY was once worth millions.

The Pillars Estate in Albion, New York was built in 1878 and boasts six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and many antique and original details that seemingly transport you back in time to another era.

According to Realtor, members of the household staff have said they’ve heard footsteps following them as they walk up the stairs. Cora Goyette, hired by owner Tony McMurtrie to help him care for the historic home he bought in 2006, claims to have heard the piano located in the parlor being played when no one was in the room. Apparitions like a woman in a white dress have also been spotted by McMurtrie throughout the house.

In 2015, the Pillars Estate was listed for $1,000,000. However, the price of the home has lowered over the years. It’s currently on the market for $450,000.

Source: ZillowYahoo!Realtor

Sallie House, Atchison, KS

Sallie House, Atchison, KS
The Sallie House in Atchison, KS has been investigated by multiple ghost hunters.

According to a post by Visit Atchison, one residence in the small Kansas town has quite the paranormal reputation — and it may be affecting its value. Built around the 1900s, the home served as the place of business for an Atchison physician.

According to legend, a six-year-old girl was brought to the doctor’s office, believed to be experiencing appendicitis. The doctor reportedly began operating on the young girl before the anesthesia took full effect. She died on the operating table, and her spirit allegedly still haunts the house, reportedly causing strange scratches to appear on visitors’ bodies, objects to move, unexplained fires, and cold spots being felt in what used to be the operating room.

The home’s listing on Zillow actually calls attention to the home’s ghostly reputation, saying it “is the internationally known home of Sallie the Heartland ghost,” and that the home has a “record of $400 per night with word of mouth only,” inciting potential owners to actually rent out the house to investigators and fans of the paranormal.

The three-bedroom, two-bath residence is not currently on the market. In February 2016, it was listed for a whopping $1,000,000. By August of that same year, the asking price had lowered to $499,900. In November 2017, the home went off the market.

Source: ZillowVisit Atchison

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Travel Channel investigates the paranormal in “The Holzer Files” by Daniele Alcinii

Discovery-owned adventure network Travel Channel is to reopen the case files of America’s first ghost hunter as part of its resurrected ‘Ghostober’ Halloween event.

The Holzer Files (10 x 60 minutes) will set out to reveal the original documents, letters, photographs and audio and video recordings from the renowned 1950s studies of paranormal pioneer Dr. Hans Holzer and his four-decade exploration into hauntings like the Amityville Horror.

The Painless Entertainment-produced series will trace investigator Dave Schrader, psychic medium Cindy Kaza and equipment technician Shane Pittman as they pick up where Holzer left off in re-examining the hauntings that he dedicated his life to researching. The team will also be aided by Holzer’s daughter, Alexandra Holzer, and researcher Gabe Roth.

Using Holzer’s findings, the team track down recent developments from each haunting – including the Whaley House, the Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Peck House – and head back to the location to reinvestigate with a fresh perspective.

“The discovery of these case files is huge,” said Travel Channel GM Matthew Butler, in a statement. “We are excited to share Hans’ original findings with our viewers. His groundbreaking studies inspired generations and continue to influence pop culture to this day. With our stellar team on the ground to pursue further answers and carry the torch forward, this is history in the making.”

Executive producers for Painless include Jim CaseyRoss Kaiman and Rob Saffi. Travel Channel’s Christine Shuler is executive producer, Julie Meisner Eagle is VP of production and development, Matthew Butler is GM and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

The Holzer Files debuts Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel.

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What It Means When You Are Born During Mercury Retrograde, According To Astrology

Since Mercury goes Retrograde 3 to 4 times per year, for 3 weeks at a time, many of us are born with Mercury Retrograde, I was. If you don’t know if Mercury was retrograde at the time of your birth, you can probably just Google it, or have your chart done. I found this to be incredibly accurate. Calleen

If you were born during Mercury Retrograde, what does this mean for your personality, per astrology?

When Mercury is in Retrograde, it brings some craziness into your life.

You will probably find that you have lost all common sense and logic.

You most likely will start making some abnormal choices.

You are going to find that every irritating thing that could possibly happen, will, such as awkward conversations, data crashes, traffic, unfortunate run-ins with your ex, and many more inconvenient and uncomfortable situations.

You will most likely find that you are full of unanswered questions, confusion, and you are constantly messing up.

If you think that being born when Mercury is in retrograde that you are going to have the worst luck in life, you are wrong.

But what does it mean when you were born during a retrograde cycle in your natal chart?

Most people who are born while Mercury is in Retrograde can be some of the most innovative and creative people ever to be born.

Being born while Mercury is in Retrograde, you may feel misunderstood.

The people who are born when Mercury Retrogrades are very unique.

1. You think inwardly and need more downtime.

You probably have noticed that you think much deeper than everyone else and you are more skeptical.

2. You like your me-time and need to think before taking action.

You may also find that you are more introspective and you are thinking deeper than anyone else.

3. You love to learn. 

When Mercury enters Retrograde, you will find that you will experience a boost of energy and intelligence.

So, here is how each zodiac sign will fare if you were born during a Mercury Retrograde when the planet is rx in your natal chart.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)

Aries, when Mercury is in Retrograde, you will be frazzled. You may find that you are much more impulsive and you get frustrated easily.

Be aware of your actions so that you don’t say something you don’t mean and then cause you to lose your friendship.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

Taurus, you need to make conscious decisions while Mercury is in Retrograde.

You need to slow down and actually think things through, which is the complete opposite of what happens when Mercury is in Retrograde because it is common to be impulsive.

So, to avoid that, think things through.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)

Gemini, prepare yourselves, your lives are about to be turned upside down. You will find that your usually good communication skills are going to disappear.

You are going to be prone to miscommunications while Mercury is in Retrograde.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22)

Cancer, mayday, mayday. You are going to expect some very bad annoyances.

You are going to be irritated that what projects have been started haven’t been finished.

During Mercury’s Retrograde, expect the unexpected and don’t let anything overcome you.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)

Leo, stop and think before you make any big decisions during Mercury’s Retrograde.

You don’t want to be compelled to make certain decisions that aren’t what you normally would do.

You have to be aware of what you are doing, so take a minute, make yourself think, so you can keep the mistakes you make to a minimum.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)

Virgo, during Mercury’s Retrograde, you will find that you are going to be challenged beyond your wildest dreams.

You will notice that you are much more cranky and irritable. Some mistakes may even slip underneath your nose.

Always double check your work.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)

Libra, you need to accept yourself for who you are during this Mercury Retrograde.

You need to learn to love your body and see how beautiful you are on the inside as well as on the outside.

Don’t be afraid to take some time to pamper yourself, you need it so that you can relax and regain your strength to tackle what’s coming.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)

Scorpio, be aware that emotions are going to go haywire during Mercury Retrogrades.

You need to avoid the possibility of falling in love because you will fall hard and fast into something that may not be what you think it is.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)

Sagittarius, during Mercury’s Retrograde, you really need to consider halting your travels.

You need to take care of things at home so that you can resume your traveling schedule later on.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)

Capricorn, you may want to hide the credit cards during Mercury’s Retrograde.

If you go about making some big purchases, be prepared for some mistakes to happen, such as paperwork problems, directions, moving times, deliveries, etc.

If you do decide to take risks and do some excessive buying during Mercury’s Retrograde, pay very close attention so you don’t have any details that slip through the cracks.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)

Aquarius, if you were born during Mercury Retrograde, and then Mercury enters retrograde, you will find that you will be prone to starting arguments.

You will easily misunderstand things and miscommunication with people around you, sparking anger. So, be aware when Mercury is in Retrograde so you can watch over your actions.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)

Pisces, you will find that you will be a bit more in la-la land during Mercury’s Retrograde.

You will easily start daydreaming because you want to escape reality.

So, it’s not a negative time in your life, just be aware of how much you are not actually present in your everyday life.

Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.

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What Does It Mean When A Planet Goes Combust, According To Astrology

No, they don’t go boom.

Let me just start by saying, no, a combust planet doesn’t mean it’s exploding.

When planets are in combust in astrology, it’s actually more complex than that.

Being new to the practice myself, I found that this particular event has a lot going on and the process can get kinda confusing, not to mention inaccurate in its spatial placement.

I’m going to try to keep this as simple as possible, both for you and myself.

Essentially, what a planet being in combust means is that all of the positive effects a planet may have when it’s in your house or with a zodiac sign become negated.

Another way of putting it is that the positivity burns up. And why does it burn up? That’s where positioning comes in.

As people know, planets move in space. When it comes to astrology, where the planets play a big role.

With there being 12 zodiac signs, that divides a 360-degree circle into 12 equal 30-degree parts.

In those 30 degree parts, planets enter and exit those while going through their orbits. As they get closer to the Sun, they get “heated” which “burns off” the positive qualities that each planet brings.

Each planet that is combust has a certain degree for when they go into combust too.

For instance, Mercury begins to go into combust when it’s within 5 to 10 degrees to the Sun.

However, the degree that a planet will combust can honestly vary depending on who you ask.

The reference that I’ll be going off of uses one consistent degree (about 6 degrees) and says what the combust is for each planet at that degree.

Oddly enough, not every planet is actually combust, and you’ll find that one of the six available isn’t like the others. So let’s see what each one does when it combusts.

1. Mercury

This is the planet of logical thinking and quick decision-making, so when it combusts, it can become very difficult to make decisions.

Your mind becomes lazy and slow and it can be hard to decide on anything you want to have or do.

2. Venus

The second planet from the Sun represents the finer things in life, like luxury cars or romantic excursions.

When it combusts, you lose those things. You might crash that car, or your marriage that’s seemed perfect may suddenly turn nasty, maybe even resulting in a divorce. Anything nice becomes rotten.

3. Moon

Yeah, the moon is not a planet. But in astrology, just like all the other objects floating around in space, it has a role to play too.

In this case, the moon represents emotions, so when it combusts, your mind darkens. You’ll feel more angry than usual.

In essence, the moon getting close to the Sun makes your mind hot, which means anger.

4. Mars

This is the planet that represents drive and energy, so when it combusts, you sort of lose the self-control that allowed you to keep pushing forward.

Your motivation goes out the window and you become very lazy. Any willpower you had will dissipate and you won’t feel like doing anything.

5. Jupiter

The biggest gas giant of the solar system is just as big a factor in astrology. Specifically, though, this planet rules over money-related things like savings or investments. So when it combusts, you’ll find it’s very difficult to save money and investments may not pan out like how you thought.

6. Saturn

This last one can already be a planet of hardship, but it’s meant to filter that hardship into refinement.

However, when you take something that’s already a little negative and make it worse, it results in problems with careers and health.

You’ll end up in constant arguments with your bosses and you’ll have health issues you never had before, especially at a young age.

Jesse Oakley is a writer who writes about love, relationships, self-care and spirituality/astrology.

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What’s considered one of the most haunted roads in the country is just a few miles from Denver by Allison Sylte

An 11-mile stretch of Riverdale Road between Brighton and Thornton is home to urban legends of hauntings and phantom joggers.

It takes a lot to scare Stephanie Smith. She’s one of the co-founders of the Denver Ghost Hunters, and spends a lot of time doing investigations in the city’s spookiest places. 

But she said she had a rare feeling of fear on Riverdale Road, a winding 11-mile road that connects Brighton and Thornton. 

“I found this one spot, and I said ‘I think there’s something here, I don’t feel alone,’ you know what I mean?” Smith said. “We had a camera crew, visiting investigators, we’re taking pictures, listening, trying to see if we’re catching anything on camera. 

Riverdale Road drive

Driving along a curve on Riverdale Road.
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

“I start walking on this one side of the road, I start to feel really nervous … and it looked like out in the distance, I could almost see the shape of a man. I remember these cowboy boots and that they were walking toward me, and I felt really freaked out.”  

Smith said some photos showed orbs following her, and she said she ran past the group and the camera crew, afraid of what she experienced. 

Riverdale orbs

The Denver Ghost Hunters said they could feel energy building and see orbs on Riverdale Road.
Courtesy Denver Ghost Hunters

“So I walked to the other side of the street, and I felt fine,” Smith said. “Over the years, I’ve brought different groups to this area and I don’t tell them anything about it, so I have them walk where I walk and a lot of people, especially women, have this feeling like someone’s going to get them.  

“Not on the east side, only on the west side of the road.” 

Smith said she can’t find any history to explain her experience or what may have happened on this side of the two-lane street. 

Cottonwood Trees

Two cottonwood trees along Riverdale Road in Thornton, Colorado.
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

Riverdale Road has a history of alleged hauntings and urban legends — from the existence of the literal “Gates of Hell” to the story of a man who lost his mind and burned his entire mansion while his family slept inside. 

The road is also home to so-called “Jogger’s Hill,” where the ghost of a murdered jogger is rumored to follow cars and tap on their sides. Other urban legends involve a phantom Camaro and the vision of bodies hanging from the trees during the full moon. 

Of course, there’s no real historical evidence of this anywhere — outside of multiple blogs and videos of it on YouTube. Nevertheless, Thornton Police Department spokesperson Matt Barnes said he’ll receive media inquiries about Riverdale Road once every few years, particularly around Halloween. 

Riverdale Road curve

Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

“After speaking with dispatchers, we are aware of the urban legends out there regarding this road and how it might be haunted,” Barnes said. “However, we have not been able to remember or locate any calls for service worth mentioning that would be in any way related to these urban legends.” 

Smith, who doesn’t live far from Riverdale Road and sometimes drives it to put her son to bed, said it’s a beautiful stretch of pavement — especially in the late afternoon. At night, it can be treacherous to drive, with numerous curves and few streetlights.  

Barnes said there have been 33 property damage and injury accidents on Riverdale Road this year. There have also been numerous fatal crashes in recent memory, according to Barnes, who has spent 30 years with Thornton Police. 

Almost full moon

An almost-full moon as seen from Riverdale Road.
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

“There have been several fatal crashes on the roadway during my tenure here, basically due to its winding nature and excessive speeds these drivers attempt on the roadway,” Barnes said. 

Barnes said officers have conducting welfare checks on people seen wandering around the area, but have always encountered a real person, rather than an apparition. 

The winding road runs through cottonwood trees and open space, with a view of planes taking off from Denver International Airport in the distance. The location of so-called Jogger’s Hill is rumored to be near 120th Avenue, and there are different accounts about where you can find the “Gates of Hell.” 

Smith, who said she doesn’t know too much about the urban legends, said she definitely has a feeling on this road.  

“If you stand in the right spot, you experience these moments of dread,” she said. 

Believer or not, Riverdale Road remains a source of fascination for ghost hunters. Smith’s advice if you’re doing your own investigation? Be careful driving or walking on the road — especially at night, due to its winding nature and blind curves.  

In addition, she said to only explore places where the public is allowed. 

No trespassing

A no trespassing sign along Riverdale Road in Thornton, Colorado.
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

Barnes said there has only been one result call to police about “ghost hunting” stemming from a group of teenagers who wandered onto an abandoned church on private property in unincorporated Adams County.

For what it’s worth, the 9NEWS news car decided not to start right away while we were parked alongside Riverdale Road to get video for this spooky story in honor of Friday the 13th (for those of you who clicked on this and read so far just to comment that it’s not news, here’s our local news section: /local

“The weird thing about Riverdale, the thing that is spooky, is if you do drive it, it is a beautiful road,” Smith said. “We’ve had a lot of experiences out there, there’s definitely something out there.” 

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What Are The Phases Of The Moon & The Astrological Meaning Of Each by Emily Francos

Your guide to the lunar cycle.

Basically, the phases of the Moon refer to how the Moon appears to us on Earth. Each phase repeats every 29.5 days on a cycle.

Some fun facts about the Moon are that it is about 4.5 Billion years old and about 250,000 miles from Earth.

The Moon also moves at an average of 2,288 miles per hour around the Earth.

A lunation is a term for the complete lunar cycle of the Moon from New Moon to New Moon.

During this cycle, the Moon makes one complete rotation around the Earth.

From an astrological standpoint, you go to the Moon on your horoscope chart to figure out what your emotions are.

You turn to the moon for peace and comfort so that you know your emotions are normal for each specific time in the Lunar cycle.

But the moon affects all of us differently, so you need to further research what each lunar phase is and what it means to you specifically, by zodiac sign.

It’s important to start paying attention to the Moon Phases because the Moon correlates with our moods.

So if you are stressed, irritable, frustrated, sensitive and you may lack assertiveness, you are most likely suffering from a case of the Full Moon.

When the Moon begins a New Moon cycle, you will probably feel a sense of calmness overwhelm you.

You will find that your emotions will stabilize and you will regain your determination to do things.

Good-bye procrastination! You will also feel like you have more energy and are more tolerable of others.

So, to get more familiar with the lunar cycle where you can explore each phase of the Moon, look below for more information.

See how each phase will affect your personality and how it will change at different points of the lunar cycle.

New Moon (Waxing, 0-45 Degrees)

In the first 48 hours of a New Moon, it’s the best time for new beginnings. You will find that it’s a good time to set plans for the future because it will come true later on.

You will feel enthusiastic and the atmosphere will be full of excitement. You will want to go ahead and start the projects you have been wanting to start for a long time.

During a New Moon, it is important to let yourself have impulses and let yourself make a new start in an aspect of your life.

Crescent Moon (Waxing, 45-90 Degrees)

You will find that during a Crescent Moon phase that there is a slight decrease of enthusiasm because you are not so open to the unknowns anymore.

You want tangible results for all of the hard work you have been doing.

This moon phase is good for continuing to move forward in what you started in the New Moon Phase and you will need to gather some more information to help shape up your plans a little more.

First Quarter Moon (Waxing, 90-135 Degrees)

You are starting to become highly emotional during the First Quarter Moon phase. You will start to become anxious about making sure that you are making everything you do worthwhile.

You don’t want to put in all of this effort for nothing. Follow your gut instincts and let them guide you in the next phases of your plan and how to navigate through obstacles that arise.

Gibbous Moon (Waxing, 135-180 Degrees)

You will find that distractions are going to start to encroach on your plans.

You may start reevaluating your plans and how you are going about accomplishing your plans.

You may want to find a way to do a cause and effect. Like if I do this, this will be the outcome.

Full Moon (Waning, 180-135 Degrees)

You are able to look objectively and clearly. You will find that you are reflecting on what’s inside you and whether or not your heart is in it for the long run.

The Full Moon phase traditionally means that emotions will start swirling.

Disseminating Moon (Waning, 135-90 Degrees)

This moon phase is the last stretch of the race for the finish line. You may find that you have a burst of creativity and you will get everything done.

You will find that you are naturally seeking guidance from someone who knows what they are doing so that you can make sure that you come out of this phase successfully. This phase is all about sharing what you have learned with your peers.

Last Quarter Moon (Waning, 90-45 Degrees)

The Last Quarter Moon phase is when you have completed all that you have set out to do. You will realize all that you have done and how far you have come since you started down this path.

This phase is a more reflective time, not a time where you start something new. It’s important to take responsibility for everything you have done and be proud of your accomplishments.

Balsamic Moon (Waning, 45-0 Degrees)

This is the phase where you are at the end of the road. You now have time to rest, relax, reflect and reevaluate everything you have done.

You will find that through this reflection that you will reconnect with your inner strength.

The Balsamic Moon phase is the perfect time to rest and regain your strength mentally and physically for the next cycle.

Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.

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The 8 Most Terrifying Ghost Tours You Can Do In The USA (According To Reddit) BY MELISSA BINNS

As many internet lurkers know, you’re bound to find opinions on the most obscure topics imaginable on Reddit. With millions of users and discussions, Reddit is a great place for learning new things and reading about different experiences. Reddit also has multiple paranormal communities, and many SubReddits are dedicated to sharing eerie encounters. A majority of Reddit users tend to be skeptical and aren’t easily shocked, so if a user reports that they got the wits scared out of them, you better believe it had to have been super scary!

Here’s a round-up of comments throughout the site that describe the best ghost tours in the United States. If you’re traveling to one of these towns soon, look into these tours for a truly frightening and fun experience!

In a thread looking for a ghost tour in the notoriously haunted Savannah, Georgia that wasn’t “really cheesy,” user AviatrixInTheSun suggested an Afterlife Tour hosted by paranormal investigator Ryan Dunn. According to the user, this tour offers up something that other ghost tours in the area don’t: evidence.

The user wrote, “If you want legit EVP clips, video, and images during a tour and the tales of what others have experienced along with the backstories as to what may have likely caused each scenario during the tour, you HAVE to go with Ryan Dunn’s tours.” With spooky noises and even audible words in empty rooms mysteriously recorded, these tours are one of the freakiest in the area.

There are tons of ghost tours in historic Charleston, South Carolina. On a thread asking for recommendations on a Charleston ghost tour, user beaglesbark2much suggested the Old City Jail Tour from Bulldog Tours. The other comments in the thread seconded this suggestion. “Look no further than the Old City Jail tour,” beaglesbark2much wrote. “It is fascinating and haunting. We captured photos of orbs, a ghostly outline of an old man in a suit and heard noises where there shouldn’t have been any.”

Another user shared their experience of randomly feeling an ice-cold sensation during an otherwise sweaty hot tour. (For those not in the know: Old City Jail was home to the most infamous of criminals in the 1800’s. Prepare to be spooked!)

Like many other entries on this list, there are plenty of ghost tours in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania due to is extensive war history. In a thread asking “Has anyone been on a ghost tour and actually got to experience something paranormal,” user ThatOddGirl shared her freaky experience while on the Jennie Wade ghost tour. (For context: Jennie Wade was the only innocent civilian killed in the Battle of Gettysburg after a bullet passed through her doorway. This tour allows you to explore the home where she died.)

ThatOddGirl wrote, “But, as soon as I stepped into the house, I could feel the energy change. At the end of the tour, they took us to the basement where they held her funeral. And as soon I stepped into the basement, I started crying and I couldn’t stop. It felt like I knew her and I was just so so sad.” She said a picture was taken of her with an inexplicable light emitting from her face, and she had the photo examined by local paranormal experts who couldn’t find an explanation for the picture.

In the same thread as above, user ScottSierra claims the Winchester Mystery House tour in San Jose, California will give you some frights. The house belonged to Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester, treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company that sold firearms. After losing both her husband and daughter to illness, Sarah believed she was cursed and that her house was being haunted by victims of firearms. A medium instructed her to move across the country and build a house to evade the spirits.

Construction on the Winchester Mystery House was still going upon Sarah’s death, as she believed adding constant new additions to the mansion would confuse the spirits. Though Reddit user ScottSierra was a skeptic, a camera malfunction on tour piqued their interest. They wrote, “I have a tendency to turn off my camera when I’m not taking a photo, and when I stopped to shoot a little square room on the top floor, it wouldn’t turn on. I tried again in the next room, with the same result.”

Another comment on that thread recounted an odd experience while taking a ghost tour of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a.k.a Weston State Hospital, in Weston, West Virginia. Thousands of mentally ill individuals lived and died there beginning in the mid-1800s, but some are said to still reside within the hospital’s walls long after death. “Had a flashlight turn on and off to commands,” the user stated simply. “Heard noises.”

The user went on to say that while they personally didn’t see any apparitions that supposedly pop up often in the building, the people they went with claim to have seen something.

In the same thread, a user recalled that even the tour guide on the Whaley House tour they were on had been spooked. The Whaley House in San Diego, California was home to the Whaley family, who surely didn’t know when they constructed their house in 1875 that it was in the same area many public hangings had taken place. The home, now a museum, is said to be haunted by the criminals that died there and the Whaley family themselves — especially daughter Violet Whaley, who tragically committed suicide in the home.

The Reddit user explained, “Upstairs in the house is a private theater where they used to perform plays. When the tour guide was standing on the ‘stage’ talking about some of the experiences people have had on the tour, the light fixture hanging from the ceiling started swinging in a circular pattern on its own.”

A Reddit user made a thread asking which ghost tour in Savannah, Georgia would most likely result in a ghost encounter. While many other users responded that chances are slim, another user swore by the ghost tour at Sorrel Weed House, referring to it as “spooky as all hell.” Apparently, a lot of tragedies went down at the historic Sorrell Weed Mansion, and some of the victims of these tragedies still lurk at the property.

“Best ghost tour I’ve ever taken happened at the Sorrel Weed house in Savannah,” wrote Reddit user The Bandit03. “It’s not a gimmicky tour.”

In a Reddit thread asking for the scariest ghost tour in San Antonio, user Rasadrah recommended the Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour of the Menger Hotel, stating that it was “a must!” While The Sisters Grimm give various types of ghost tours, the Menger Hotel option allows you to actually have a nice dinner at the haunted hotel! Pretty cool bonus. Rumors of a ghostly chambermaid, the ghost of Captain Richard King, and even the ghost of former president Teddy Roosevelt looming the halls of the establishment have been circulating for centuries.

The Reddit user recommends you take a camera with you, explaining that “there was this one very creepy hallway that caused [their] cameras to act really weird.”

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Who Were You? How to Remember Your Past Life

I hope to begin offering Past Life Regressions in October via a friend’s new shop. She still has things that need to be added (like a door on the room I will be working out of), so no date is definite. Keep a close watch though. As soon as I know more I’ll let all of you know here. In the meantime, enjoy the article below…. Calleen
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Where do you stand on past lives? Religions like Buddhism believe that past lives are possible. Other people believe that it’s just not possible.             

No matter what you believe, you can explore your past lives. It’s possible that you carried those lessons you didn’t learn from previous lives into this life.

Do you want to know how to remember your past life?

Keep reading to discover how.

1. TRACK YOUR DREAMS

Do you ever have dreams that seem real? Recurring dreams of the same places and situations are worth exploring.

These dreams could be signs that you’re ready to explore your past life.

2. PAST LIFE REGRESSION

Past life regression is a form of therapy that can help you go back in time, so to speak, and resolve issues that are holding you back.

With past life regression, you enter into a deep state of relaxation and enter your unconscious mind. That’s where most of your past life memories lie.

During your sessions, you discover your past self and unresolved issues. 

3. DRAWN TO PLACES AND TIMES

Learning how to remember your past life has to do with awareness. There may have been thoughts, dreams, and patterns that may be connected to your past life.

All you have to do is pay attention.

For example, if you’re drawn to certain times and places, it could be because of a past experience. You may not be able to turn away from a documentary on ancient Egypt. Your past life may be the reason why.

4. YOU’RE AN OLD SOUL

Has anyone said to you that you’re an old soul? You seem to be on a different level than other people. It’s not that you’re better than everyone else.

You just seem to have a bit more wisdom and experience that you can’t explain.

5. MEDITATE REGULARLY

Evidence of your past life is likely to be within you. It’s in your subconscious mind. Meditation can be used as a tool to access those memories.

You need to be in a quiet room. You also need to limit distractions, and

When you get started, think of distant memories of places and things, along with the places that you’re drawn to. These could be signs of your past life. There may be feelings that come up when you go through this process.

You want to make sure that you take good notes of these feelings and places.

LEARN HOW TO REMEMBER YOUR PAST LIFE

It is possible to discover your past life or even in past lives. There’s a lot of power and energy in your unconscious mind. When you use the techniques listed here, you’re unlocking the power of your mind to learn more about your past life.

When you learn how to remember your past life, you can find out more about the lessons that you were supposed to learn in those times. Those lessons could have followed you into this life.

Rather than repeating history, you have an opportunity to learn those lessons and break the patterns that have been holding you back.

Do you want more articles on spirituality? Check the Spirituality section of the blog often for more insightful articles.  

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The Haunting Legend Behind The “Black-Eyed Children” by Moriah Gill

Welcome back to another segment of “scary legends with Rare”, with yours truly. I hope you guys enjoy reading the paranormal content because I literally have the scariest screenshots on my laptop and I am gonna be sleeping with my lights on for the next few nights, maybe weeks. But, I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge, so here you go. Hope you sleep better than I do.

Today’s urban legend/ghost story hails from the city of Abilene, Texas. Some claim it’s a hoax while others clamored for paranormal investigators to debunk it. You can decide for yourself what you think. Perhaps you’ve even heard of this one, they’re called “The Black Eyed Children.” They’re of no relation to the band Black Eyed Peas, by the way, so skip that Google search.

Who are The Black Eyed Children

The Black Eyed Children also called “black-eyed kids” are mysterious beings that look to be of kids between the ages of 6-16-year-old. They only appear at night and to unsuspecting adults alone in parking lots or in their homes. The kids come in groups of two or more and often ask for favors. The favor could be to make a phone call, to get a ride home, to come in a get something to eat or to use the bathroom. The few people who have had interactions with the black-eyed kids express feeling unexplainable fear when the children are near. No one really knows where they come from. Extraterrestrial, UFO’s, vampires, and of course, demons are a number of the assumptions around the kids.

Brian’s Bethel’s BEK Encounter

Brian Bethel was one of the first people to document having met black-eyed children in real life. He published a transcription of the event on his blog back in 1998. The following is part of his story.

It was around 9:30 p.m. on January 16, 1998. and Brian left his apartment in Abilene, Texas for the Dropbox to pay his internet bill. On the way, he stopped at the dollar movie theater next to his service provider’s building to use the glow of the marquee as light to make out his check. As he did this, there was a knock on the window and saw two young boys. He placed them between ten and fourteen years old. He describes the boys as:

Boy No. 1 was slightly taller than his companion, wearing a pull-over, hooded shirt with a sort of gray checked pattern and jeans. I couldn’t see his shoes. His skin was olive-colored and had curly, medium-length brown hair. He exuded an air of quiet confidence.

Boy No. 2 had pale skin with a trace of freckles. His primary characteristic seemed to be looking around nervously. He was dressed in a similar manner to his companion, but his pull-over was a light green color. His hair was a sort of pale orange.

They didn’t appear to be related, at least directly.”

Almost immediately he knew something was up and felt a sense of fear. The first boy began to tell Bethel that they need his help. They wanted to see the new Mortal Kombat movie but forgot their money. Instead of asking for the money itself, the boy asks for a lift to their house to retrieve it. Our narrator is nervous and hesitant as the first boy continued to try to coax him saying things like, “C’mon, mister… We just want to go to our house. And we’re just two little boys” and “C’mon, mister. Let us in. We can’t get in your car until you do, you know…Just let us in, and we’ll be gone before you know it. We’ll go to our mother’s house.”

Brian Bethel found himself unlocking the door, without realizing and as if instructed by the “child” to do so. After catching his hands he looks back at the kids with a fresh perspective. That’s when he realized that the kids’ eyes were solid black. No sclera. No iris. No pupil.

All the stories of people meeting Black Eyed Kids claim that once you realize their eyes are all black, things get dangerous. The second boy continued to stand there completely silent while the first boy threatens him saying, “We won’t hurt you. You have to LET US IN. We don’t have a gun.” According to Bethel, the boy was implying that they didn’t NEED guns. He started pulling at the door and demanding to be let in. With the courage he managed to find, Bethel pushed his car into reverse and sped home, leaving the boys where he found him.

The Next Encounter

Fast forward to November 14. 1998, and Brian has an update for his ghost hunting blog/ email list. He apparently didn’t talk too much else about the BEK after the first post- even though his audience was hounding him with questions. The next one to encounter the kids is his friend, Jon. Jon Northwood was one of Brian’s online friends who was a pagan rights coordinator for an Oregon organization called “SPIRIT”. Brian Bethel claims that he never told this friend about his encounter. Yet, this is an interaction they had towards the end of the same year. It takes place over chat. It starts with Jon asking the chat if they “really believe in ghosts or “kids with funny eyes” and then launches into his own anecdote with a group of black-eyed kids.

More Black Eyed Kids Sightings:

Since then, the accounts have slowly grown. They reached an all-time high in 2013 when they made the news thanks to a Weekly Strange video submitted to MSN. A video was uploaded giving an alleged look at them. It was, however, quickly discredited, which only increase the mystery and curiously shrouding the mysterious children. To date, there have been many claims, conversation threads, countless videos and even a book by author David Weatherly. An indie director, Nick Hagen directed a horror film incorporating the eerie characters into the plotline. It’s called “Black-Eyed Kids” and incorporates a Youtube series he was working on called “Sunshine”. The movie was released on 12-21-12, right before the world was slated to end according to the Mayan calendar. For that extra spooky feel, ya know?

So, What Are They?

No one really knows what these kids are. The people who claim to see them (and spend their free time hunting ghosts) swear they’re legit. Others aren’t so convinced. The most interesting theory concerning the children’s origins I’ve come across was this one. It comes from a book, Your Haunted Lives: The Black-Eyed Kids. According to this legend, the kids may be something called “Otkon” spoken of in ancient Iroquois Indian legends.

“The Iroquois Indians believed in a dark power called the Otkon that could take over children and an ‘Evil One’ who would mate with human females to produce black-eyed, chalky skinned, children. These children were killed by the tribe soon after birth and burned to stop them from resurrecting. Children wandering alone in the woods could also be taken over by Otkon and would re-emerge with black eyes and pale skin acting nervously while repeating themselves over and over. Their goal was to destroy the tribe and infect all of the people with Otkon.”

Are you a believer? Naturally, do with this information what you will. I personally take everything I see on the internet with a grain of salt. However, I will say this. Good Ol’ spooky season is almost upon us, my friends. So, beware.

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13 Attractions That Are So Creepy, They Are Off-Limits to Tourists by Elizabeth Yuko

Don’t get too upset—it’s not like you’d want to go inside these places anyway.

Randall Park Mall

A view from the parking lot of the abandoned Randall Park Mall in Randall Park, Ohio. It was once the largest shopping center in the United States.

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When Randall Park Mall opened in 1976, it was the largest mall in the United States. Located just outside Cleveland, the shopping mecca had nearly 2.2 million square feet of retail space. But when it comes to malls, the bigger they are, the harder they fall, and this one is no exception. It ceased operating as a mall in 2009, and demolition began in 2014, though there are sections of the former mall still standing. It’s not exactly haunted, but if you grew up hanging out in malls, seeing one in this state is downright creepy, just like these 25 real ghost towns that exist around the world. And yes, it’s off-limits to the public.

Six Flags, New Orleans

Six Flags New Orleans

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The Jazzland Six Flags theme park in New Orleans had a short life. It opened in 2000 only to close forever after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since then, it has sat empty, with the once exciting rides remaining still and lifeless. Jazzland isn’t “haunted” in the traditional sense, but is a very visible reminder of the devastation of the hurricane and all the lives that were lost in the city. For that reason, the mayor wants to tear it down and it is one of the 25 most chilling abandoned places around the world.

Renz Women’s Penitentiary

Abandoned Penitentiary in Callaway County, MO

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Located just outside Jefferson City, Missouri, the former Renz Women’s Penitentiary looms large. When it opened in 1926, it was a farm prison for men, and gradually became co-ed later down the line. When the “Great Flood of 1993” hit, Renz only housed women. The inmates were evacuated and the building has been left abandoned ever since the devastating floodwaters crested at 38.6 feet. Since then, nature has taken over the building, but some people have reported that it’s not completely empty: a self-proclaimed clairvoyant visited (with permission) and noted that there was some paranormal activity. Renz has since been named “the most haunted place in Jefferson City” by the Paranormal Research and Investigation Society of Missouri.

Gilman, Colorado

Gilman Colorado

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The former mining town of Gilman, Colorado sits atop a 600-foot cliff above the Eagle River. Gilman was actually a pretty successful mine, founded in 1886 and mined until 1984. At that point, it was shut down because of toxic conditions and has sat empty ever since. Trespassing is forbidden, and local authorities are cracking down on it even more lately, so it’s best to take in the views from afar.

Grande Ballroom, Detroit

Abandoned music theater ballroom in Detroit Michigan. It has burned and it's once beautiful facade is crumbling away.

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This gorgeous art deco building once saw some of the biggest acts in jazz and rock as they passed through Motor City. It also housed other business in the first-floor retail space, including a department store and pharmacy. Though once filled with music and people dancing, the ballroom has been empty since 1972 and left to rot like other parts of the neighborhood.

Rockland Psychiatric Hospital

ORANGEBURG, NEW YORK

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What’s even spookier than an abandoned psychiatric hospital? How about one that’s partially abandoned and partially still functioning as a hospital? That’s the case here in Rockland County, New York, where the past meets the present in a very eerie way. A popular spot for paranormal investigators, the creepiest part is easily the former children’s wing, where there are still toys, desks, and drawings on the wall. Though part of the hospital is still open, the abandoned sections are very much off-limits

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

Tillamook Rock Light is a deactivated lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, located approximately 1.2 miles offshore from Tillamook Head.

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The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is located about a mile off of Oregon’s north shore and has long been closed to the public. Nicknamed “Terrible Tilly,” the lighthouse has seemingly been cursed since construction began on it in 1880, starting when the master mason was swept out to sea, never to be seen again. Another blow came in 1881, just before the lighthouse opened: the Lupatia wrecked in heavy fog, killing all 16 of the crew members. It’s a little over a 30-minute drive away from Manzanita Beach, one of the most haunted bodies of water in the world.

North Brother Island

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It’s hard to imagine a part of New York City that’s completely abandoned and off-limits to visitors, but that’s the case with North Brother Island, just off the coast of the Bronx It has definitely seen its fair share of tragedy with countless people dying on the small parcel of land. Not only did it house people with infectious diseases—including Typhoid Mary—but it was also where around 1,000 people were taken after a boat caught fire offshore in 1904. Unlike North Brother Island, you can safely visit these 13 other abandoned places in New York City.

Drawbridge, California

Sunset over abandoned house at Drawbridge, the last remaining ghost town in San Francisco Bay Area. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Fremont, Alameda County, California, USA.

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Not only is this former railroad depot in the San Francisco Bay a ghost town, but it’s also sinking into the water. Its remote location made it an ideal place for bootleggers during Prohibition and housed several brothels. It also served as a weekend getaway for those in the city—especially for families with children. The town’s population peaked in 1928, when there were 90 houses all on stilts, connected via boardwalks. As interesting as this sounds, everything that’s left is on private property, so it’s not legal to explore.

Centralia, Pennsylvania

Abandoned road of Centralia covered with chalk graffiti in a bright sunny spring day.

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Not only is Centralia, Pennsylvania a ghost town—it’s also been on fire since 1962. Though there are no clear origins of the fire, one idea is that it started in a garbage dump over an open coal seam. Eventually, the fire drove people out of this former mining town. If that wasn’t creepy enough, there’s a disproportionate number of graveyards in the town.

Johnsonville, Connecticut

Johnsonville Village

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In the 1960s, a wealthy industrialist re-created a Victorian village in Johnsonville, Connecticut, bringing in period-appropriate structures from the New England area. He hoped it would take off as a tourist attraction, but it never did, and eventually became a ghost town. It sat dormant for a while before a church group purchased it in 2017. It’s still in a state of disrepair today, and is also private property, so as tempting as it may be to explore this dilapidated faux-Victorian hamlet, that would be illegal.

Prattville Cotton Gin Mill

Prattville, Alabama

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At one time, Prattville, Alabama was a bustling mill town. Now, the once-mighty cotton gin mill is abandoned and in a state of ruin. Though this cavernous, empty factory is creepy enough, the mill also comes with a ghost story: there are rumors that it’s haunted by the Lady in Black—a mother who, according to legend, flung herself off of the town’s dam after her young son was killed in a factory accident. Find out the spookiest ghost story from your state.

The Pines

A view of white pool chairs resting in an abandoned and overgrown swimming pool at the decrypt Pines Resort in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

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One of the many former Borscht Belt resorts in the Catskill Mountains, The Pines is one of the few that hasn’t been demolished. It has the same eerie features of other abandoned hotels: the disheveled rooms, the empty pool, and even a skating rink. It’s strange to think about all the people who vacationed there in the past—the once dream-like resort transformed into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. But that doesn’t mean it’s open to the public (the “No Trespassing” signs are a good clue). Instead, stick with these 15 spookiest travel destinations around the world—if you dare.

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