I can't begin to describe how happy I am that it's FINALLY October. To be honest, I have been planning my Halloween costume all year! Sometimes, you get into a bind and can't afford a costume. That's when you raid your closet and find all those hidden treasures! There are so many simple costumes that certified to win!
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Whether you love or hate Halloween, we’ve all felt the creeping tendrils of doubt when confronted with things that don’t meet our expectations of reality—that light you’re sure you turned off, or the bedroom door that randomly creaks open. It’s easy to dismiss plastic masks and fake blood as the bargain bins of costumes start cropping up, but unexplainable mysteries, documented then debated, continue to persist even in our day and age of waning privacy. In occult theory, paranormal activity can spike around 3:00AM as a supernatural dig at the Holy Trinity. In the supernatural spirit of the season, here are three of the creepiest incidences of horror that have captivated the world.
1. Mexico’s Isla de las Muñecas
Just outside the busy capital of Mexico City exists an island, known by locals as Isla de las Muñecas—the Island of the Dolls. Buried within the winding canals, this interesting/horrifying collection of dead-eyed dolls began in the 1950s. Don Julian Santana Barrera, a farmer who moved to the island, found in one of the canals a drowned, young girl—and later, the first doll. Barrera initially displayed the doll on a tree to comfort and perhaps appease the girl’s spirit, but then began doing the same with whatever other dolls he found in the waters, and later with the dolls that other locals would bring to trade for farm produce from the island, a former Aztec floating garden. Some also believe that Barrera was possessed by the spirit of the girl, who drove him to collect and display the dolls until his death in 2001—when Barrera's nephew found him floating in the canals, in the same spot the young girl's body appeared.
2. Japan’s Suicide Forest“The Forest”, Suicide Forest is estimated to be used as the final destination by as many as 100 people every year. The forest is said to be haunted by the spirits of those who died there—those that committed suicide, and those who were abandoned in ancient times by their impoverished families. Additionally, the iron-rich soil makes cellphones, GPS, and even compasses unreliable, though many purport this is another sign of demonic presence. The Japanese government enacted a formal plan to reduce suicide rates 20% over the next seven years, including the implementation of patrols and signs (bearing messages such as “Think carefully about your children, your family”) throughout the forest.
3. Philippines’s Clarita Villanuevaa reported 150,000 people who had followed the story in the news converted to Christianity.
If you're anything like me and know way too much about Disney or just love it, you'll know that the holidays in Disney tend to be a little different then in other places.
1. It's late August and Fall decorations begin to enter the parks.
It's only late August and it is still in the 90s in Florida but everyone is excited because all of the Fall decorations are entering the park and Halloween parties are about to start!
2. Don't worry. It's October now, Fall is actually starting.
It's finally Fall, which means all of the country is excited for PSL at Starbucks. While everyone at Disney has already been enjoying all the Fall food and drink specials for weeks now.
3. It's not even October 31st and it feels like Disney has been celebrating Halloween for 3 years now.
Halloween and Fall have been celebrated in Disney for so long. We aren't sure if we missed it or if it has even happened at all yet.
4. It's October 31st, which means it's finally Halloween for real this time.
We finally made it to Halloween after celebrating it for almost 2 months! Yay, good job Disney!
5. November 1st can only mean one thing. Christmas is starting now.
It's officially Christmas in Disney! Now we get to celebrate Christmas for the next 2 months! Hold on to your Santa hats everyone.
6. If you're wondering, Thanksgiving is the forgotten Holiday.
No Thanksgiving celebrations in Disney! Just Halloween and Christmas, sorry to all of the Thanksgiving lovers out there.
If you're anything like me and love Disney, the holidays tend to be a little different there. Disney does Halloween and Christmas right every year, but sometimes we just want to celebrate those holidays one day out of the year instead of 2 months each.