Happy October, Delaware! The 10th month is the spookiest month, with people all over the state beginning their Halloween celebrations a little early. It’s no question that Halloween is huge in Delaware – all you have to do is drive by Frightland to see how seriously we take our haunted holiday. I think that Delaware is the creepiest, most terrifying, spookiest state, and here’s why:
1. We've got Frightland
Frightland is one of the spookiest attractions in the United States! The creepy silo is enough to keep me away.
2. We've got a haunted campground - the screams may keep you up all night.
Lum's Pond is a state park where a young runaway girl was murdered in the 1870s. To this day, her screams can still be heard along the Swamp Pond trail - particularly at night. Oh, and the pond is open for
, if you're feeling brave enough.
3. In Frankfort, there's a cat-ghost that messes with cars.
I enjoy writing about spooky and creepy happenings in Delaware - mostly because I have a lot of fun with it, and I'm not easily convinced that ghosts and spirits really do haunt things. Or, at least I wasn't, until I wrote about the Catman's Grave a few weeks ago. Catman is a gravekeeper said to mess with visitor's cars, trapping them in the cemetery. I had fun writing about Catman, but I must have been typing too loudly, because a week after writing about the ghost, I popped a tire, ran over a traffic cone that fell out of the trunk in front of me, and my car got pelted with one of the tire treads from an 18 wheeler. All within a week. It's still in the shop.
What I think I'm trying to say is that our ghosts really take their reputations seriously.
4. Creepy, abandoned buildings line our highways
There are so many
abandoned places in Delaware
that you're almost guaranteed to drive past at least one creepy, desolate place when you're driving on any of our highways or country roads.
5. Even our Governor's Mansion is haunted!
6. A Delaware State Park is one of the most haunted places in the world.
Fort Delaware has been the site of so much paranormal activity that it is a favorite spot for the TV show "Ghost Hunters," and local ghost hunting clubs host paranormal investigations throughout October.
7. You can spend a night in a haunted hotel.
The Addy Sea Inn has been a ghost hotspot for years - even back when it was first established as a hotel, people reported interacting with a (mostly) friendly ghost. If you want a great place to stay in October for a getaway, why not try the most haunted lodging in Delaware?
8. There's even a haunted road trip you can take.
This Northern Delaware road trip will take you to some of the state's
most abandoned places
. Are you brave enough to check them all out?