Haunt Spots self-guided audio tours… Still available!

Logo sepia There was life (so to speak…) before the Port Washington Ghost Walk? Yes!

Before I started focusing exclusively on the PWGW, I offered a number of self-guided ‘Haunt Spots” audio tours. They tell the story of the haunting and guide you to the location so that you can check it out yourself. They were getting pretty popular, but ye olde ‘day job’ didn’t allow me enough time to promote, maintain and add to them.

For some reason, I’m receiving requests for them again – primarily from people who tried one and want to go on another. So, here we are. Yes, they are still available. If you want one, I’m more than happy to email it to you directly vs ordering it online. The locations I have are…

  • Potter’s Field – near Wauwatosa
  • Dousman Stagecoach Inn – Brookfield
  • Founder’s Cemetery Park – Cedarburg
  • Union Cemetery – near Glendale
  • Roadhouse Bar and Grill – Cedarburg
  • Fitzsimmons Road (which you’ve already done)
  • Whitnall Park – Greenfield
  • Grant Park – South Milwaukee

I also have the ones below, but they are more like brief ‘drive by’s’

  • Sunset Playhouse – Elm Grove
  • Muirdale Sanitarium – Wauwatosa
  • Grafton Inn – Grafton

The self-guided audio tours are only $10 each. Use the contact form below and I’m happy to tell you all about them.

Happy Haunts!

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My name is Susan and I’m a Haunt-a-holic

I give in. Time to confess and come clean. I’m addicted to Halloween, ghost stories, and spooky places. My name is Susan and I’m a Haunt-a-holic.

I’m not proud of this dirty little secret… oh, heck – who am I kidding? I’m like a kid with a new Sleepy Hollow bedsheet set, glow-in-the dark Svengoolie tee-shirt, who’s high on Count Chocula. Seriously. It’s not a secret.

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Waverly Hills Sanitorium

I’m not alone. My BFF is just as addicted. We recently won a silent auction prize for a photo shoot. Guess where? Cemetery. Of course. Dressed in the gothiest best we could muster for women with zero-level goth closets. Lots of black eyeshadow helped.

Movies. Knick-knacks. Cheesy tv shows. Trips to haunted insane asylums – oh baby. All true – especially that last item. My summer vacation this year is a long girl’s weekend down to Louisville, KY for the Waverly Hills Sanitorium tour. Guaranteed to freak ourselves out but good.MV5BMTM4NDk5ODA4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTg3MDAwMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_

The point? It’s time for you and me to stand up and be counted! Admit who and what we are. No more hiding in dank and musty shadows pretending to be a poltergeist. Or is that just me? Eh, it’s a hobby.

Are you a Haunt-a-holic? Solidarity Sisters and Brothers of the Night. Raise your candelabra high and repeat after me, “I am one with my childlike glee at watching “The Haunting” every few months (or insert your favorite ghoulish indulgence here).

I’m done asking why. Finished with wondering if it was a flaw in how I was raised. If I’m actually just a morbid person living a double life as someone cheerful and lighthearted with respectable hobbies like pinning dead insects to a board, framing and displaying them in the parlor.

We need a salute. Something like Michael Jackson’s Thriller zombie pose. We can vote on it at our next meet and screech.

Bwahahahaaaa!!!

Susan ‘Haunt-a-holic’ Fry

And, Now — The Conclusion of LM’s Halloween Haunt Spots Adventure

Welcome to part 3 of 3.  LM and her crew of intrepid Haunt Spots Explorers have made their personal paranormal connections and are inspired to think of those who’ve affected them…

“One of our group members has suggested that next Dia De Los Muertos, (not today, unfortunately, because it’s a bit too last minute,) we go back out there for a proper Day of the Dead picnic. I asked if this means we have to cook for 4,000 and she laughed and said no — just as long as we have SOMETHING there for them to pay them proper memory and respect. I pointed out that they probably don’t eat much anyway, what with being transparent and all.

All in all, the entire group agreed that it was a fantastic day, and couldn’t stop talking about how the person who decided not to go with us was silly and had missed out on an amazing experience. I was so happy to have been able to share that day with them, and to make them all so happy too. Like I said, things that I try to organize generally don’t go well — parties, excursions, adventures, etc. But this worked out VERY well. (Oh yes…thanks for including nearest addresses and GPS coordinates on the itinerary, as well as descriptions of the area. In classic “me” fashion, I got us lost at least once on the way to every single location, but we were still able to find our way there.)

Thank you so much for this, and I hope to post our pictures soon. (You will LOVE the one of our youngest expedition member at the EB, suddenly struck by a “writer” moment where she just HAD to sit down and take out her notebook.)

Happy November to you, and thanks again on behalf of my friends for a fantastic Halloween!”

— LM

(PS from Susan…  No, LM — Thank YOU!  And, by the by — the spirits of PF are happy to have met you and your friends.  They look forward to your next visit.)

LM’s Halloween Haunt Spots Adventure… Part 2

And, LM’s Halloween Haunt Spots Exploration continues…

(More ghoOOOOOOOOOOoooosts!)

After WP, we stopped for food at this AMAZING Indian restaurant about 6 miles away from the park. Tiny place, looked kinda sketchy from the outside, but it was incredible. (Royal India Restaurant. Tell your friends.) Two of our group pulled out a notebook and started an impromptu Nepali / Hindi language lesson, which our waiter eavesdropped on and must have decided he liked us. We all got free chai and a free appetizer.

I wasn’t sure how much further our group would want to continue, seeing as it was cold and dark and at least two of them were not wearing appropriately warm footwear or coats. I asked them if they wanted to continue to the last location, or just skip it and go home now that we were all warm and full of comfy food. They all insisted they wanted to continue.

PF was by far the most active place we went. By the time we got there, it was well past nightfall, though the moon provided some decent light. (Oh — and we met up with another Caper tour! We met this couple at WP and asked them to take our picture, then encountered them again at PF. This was just WAY too much coincidence, so I asked if they were on your tour and they said yes. Our skeptic, on the other hand, insisted that they were “ghoOOOOOOOOOOoooosts!”)

Walking out into PF was a bit creepy for several of us, simply by virtue of the fact that we knew we were walking over unmarked graves. We got to John Schwab’s headstone at the center and stood there for awhile, talking and taking a few pictures, and then I stopped and realized something.

I realized we were alone. Just the six of us. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t have been a particularly profound thought, except what I realized was that this entire time, I had been feeling as though we were standing in the middle of a crowd. It was so matter-of-fact that I hadn’t questioned it before, but at that time I stopped to think about it. This was not, in fact, a crowded plaza — but it sure felt like one. I asked if anyone else had the same feeling and they all immediately responded that yes, they did — they just hadn’t wanted to mention it, or weren’t sure how.

All except our skeptic, of course. In stark contrast to us, he said he felt VERY alone — like his back was exposed, and someone was about to steal his wallet. He was exceptionally creeped out, and I think it was pure politeness to the rest of us that kept him from demanding that we leave right then.

Then, as soon as we crossed outside the fence surrounding the field, the feeling went away. For all of us.

(to be concluded in part the third)

An Excellent Halloween Haunt Spots Exploration

Welcome to our newest Guest Blogger “LM” — now known as the Infamous LM of Haunt Spots Tour Leader Extraordinaire fame.

LM has shared her wonderful write up of their Halloween Haunt Spots ghost tour exploration.  Enjoy, part the first …

(ghoOOOOOOOOOOoooost!   —  read on, you’ll get it…)

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EB from A Hard Luck and Loss Caper

Susan —

We had an absolutely fantastic Halloween expedition! The entire group was thrilled to have had a day like last Saturday, and I was thrilled that something I planned actually worked out for once.

We ended up having one too many people to all fit in one car, so we split into two cars and then just regrouped at the parking lot of each location to huddle in my car and listen to the audio CD. Our token skeptic had a lot of fun chiming in with ”

OoOoOoOo…!” at various moments, as well as mimicking fake ghost coughing at appropriate locations. He also declared that, since it was Halloween, we couldn’t just say “ghost” — we had to say it “ghoOOOOOOOOOOoooost!” All day long. Every three seconds. Every rock, tree, and twig we came across was somehow a “ghoOOOOOOOOOOoooost!” Likewise, I assured him that it was a “ghoOOOOOOOOOOoooost” that kicked him in the shins repeatedly, rather than me. (No worries,though — it was all in good fun. After we were done for the night and headed home, he asked if we could please put the audio CD back in so he could listen to all the stories about the places we had just been. I asked if he wanted to skip past the M one, since we didn’t actually go there, and he said no — he wanted to hear it.)

The first two places we stopped, we didn’t find much in the way of activity. Rather, we just soaked up the absolute October beauty of it all. At least two of our explorers wanted to stay there for hours, I think, and thanked me repeatedly for bringing them there. We had one unexplained experience at WP — ironically, witnessed by our skeptic. Four of our group had continued down the path by the waterside, while two of us remained behind to take more pictures. As we went to catch up with the others, the skeptic reported that he’d seen a reflection of a person in the water and assumed it was us — but upon looking up, couldn’t see us approaching from where he stood. We thought maybe it was a trick of the angle or the brush obscuring the path and tried recreating it later, but we couldn’t.

(to be continued…)

Haunt-i-quette 101

Our legions of Haunt Spots Explorers are growing!   Join us for some spooky fun.

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A Hard Luck and Loss Caper Haunt Spot

I’ve heard people say that the veil between our corporeal world and that of the spirit is supposed to be thinnest on Saturday night.  Hmmmm.  Really?  How so?  How does this work?  I don’t know about that veil thing, but I do know that the atmosphere this weekend is going to be super-charged.   I’ve heard from a number of Explorers that  they’re hitting the Haunt Spots tour trails Friday and Saturday nights.  So, what’s the haunt-i-quette when you encounter a cadre of fellow Explorers?

Some options…

Pretend you don’t see them and treat them like ghosts.  Results could range from amusing to irritating.  More on the irritating side if you stand in front of them with a digital voice recorder and ask loudly for them to give you a sign of their presence.

Regale them with tales of your own ghostly encounters.   That’s one thing most of us have in common – personal paranormal experiences of some nature.  Ghost stories range in intensity the same way that different religions range in expression.  Are you on the gently and quietly accepting end of the spectrum or did your encounter with the spirit world leave you speaking in tongues?  Again, expect a a variety of reactions to your manner of storytelling.

Smile and wave as they follow their Caper and you follow yours.  If your paths cross closer, say Hello and share some encouragement.  You’re all following the same tour route and have the same Caper, but that’s about the extent of your similarities.  There’s an intrepid Explorers community out there and I get a huge charge hearing about your experiences – and every one is different.  Exciting stuff!

The more I think about it, the more I want to be in on this party.  I should go on the tour again on Saturday night.  Alone.  Eep!  Oh please-oh-please, don’t let it be that way for long.  Please show me a sign of your presence!  I’ll be the one dressed in the aura of a big chicken.

Happy (Bawk!)  Haunts,

Susan

My Favorite Halloween Costume

My birthday is 5 days before Halloween.  Other than “that explains a lot, Susan” it also means that, as a kid growing up, one of my birthday presents was always my Halloween costume.  Even at a young age, I knew that was a bit of a cop-out-rip-off birthday present, but I also knew that money was tight.  I was so happy to be getting a costume.  It also meant that every birthday was also a tiny costume party of one, starring Me.  Now, for a kid who basked in the spotlight, this guaranteed audience of ooo’s and aaah’s was the best present ever.

So, my favorite Halloween costume?  I honestly don’t recall.  Well, I vaguely remember a Wonder Woman outfit.  But regardless, I’m sure it was one of those off-the-rack, highly flammable, ties-in-the-back and comes with the plastic mask with eye holes and that thin elastic string thing.  And the accompanying adoring fans.  And cake.  My imagination supplied the golden lasso.

Sheer bliss occurred if my birthday also happened to fall on a Saturday.  In the small California town where I grew up, post Saturday morning cartoons were followed by “Creature Feature” afternoons.  I could sit in my costume and watch Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney and – oh, who was the guy who always played Van Helsing…. Peter Cushing!  Talk about formative.

Flash forward to today.  I’m still the same little kid reveling in all day feasts of ghost stories only the costume I’m wearing now if my laptop and Creature Feature is now called Haunt Spots.  One thing hasn’t changed in all these years.  I’m still grinning from ear-to-ear.

Oh yes, and my costume now?  Some days, like today, it’s a robe and pj’s because I jumped out of bed, booted up and started typing.  Which means I’m dressed up like a home-based business person.  And grinning from ear-to-ear.

Happy Haunts,

Susan

Happy Spookyween

A couple of my favorite people in the world have nailed October.  They realized several years ago, that it is such a wonderful month that October deserves more than just a single holiday.  Henceforth, all of October is revered and celebrated at Spookyween.

They traditionally celebrate with goofy-scary movies on Wednesday nights.  I celebrate by sending people on Haunt Spots ghost tours.  What’s your Spookyween tradition?

Happy Haunts,

Susan

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