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Black and whiteMac had gone over to a relative’s home for dinner one afternoon and, as the daylight grew dimmer, the rain began. As he had traveled on horseback, he was loath to start home after dark in a storm.

His host apologized saying they had no spare room he could use, which surprised Mac as he’d seen an extra bedroom down the hallway.

“Oh, we have a room, but it’s haunted,” the man explained. “You wouldn’t want to stay there.”

Now Mac was amused. Haunted? He didn’t believe in such things.

“I think I’d rather stay there than ride home in the rain,” he replied.

The man and his wife talked it over and agreed to let him stay in the room, but only if he understood they would not be responsible for anything that happened.

They showed him a cozy little room, which looked much more inviting than the dark, rainy weather outside, and he got ready for bed. They had told him what they’d witnessed every night they’d lived in the house, but he was sure they were exaggerating. Ghosts indeed!

After saying good-night, he undressed, slid into bed and looked forward to a good night’s sleep. He wasn’t worried about any “haints”.

Sometime later in the night, perhaps around midnight, Mac woke to the sound of someone walking across the bedroom floor, heavy steps as of a large man. His eyes strained in the darkness, but he could see nothing.

The steps continued to the bedroom door, the door opened, and he heard the steps cross the living room toward the front door. The front door then opened and he heard the steps cross to where the water bucket sat under the pump spout on the porch.

The water dipper banged against the side of the bucket, someone drank from the dipper and then let it fall back into the bucket. A moment later, the steps began to retrace their path back into the house.

When the door to the bedroom reopened, Mac didn’t know what to think, but decided that if he just kept still he’d be alright. At least that’s what he thought until the steps came over to the bed.

Suddenly, he felt a great weight on top of him, a weight he felt would crush the life from his body. He struggled and tried to cry out, but he couldn’t get his breath. There was nothing to see, nothing he could grasp, only the weight crushing his chest.

And as suddenly as it began, it stopped. Gasping for breath, Mac staggered to the bedroom door and went out into the living room, clutching a blanket around him. The next morning, his host found him curled up on the hearth-rug in front of the fireplace.

He told them his story and they nodded, knowing smiles on their faces.

“It happens every night,” his host told him. “Rain or shine, winter or summer, the man leaves the bedroom, goes to the porch for a drink of water and comes back to bed. We’ve tried nailing the bedroom door shut, barring it, everything we can think of, and he still opens the door and gets a drink.”

“Why do you stay here?” Mac asked.

“He doesn’t do any harm, as long as nobody tries to sleep in the room. We don’t need the room, except for storing things, so we just let him be.”

Mac went his way after breakfast a changed man. He would never laugh about ghosts and haunted rooms again.

This is a true family story from my father’s side of the family. Did it really happen? I’ve talked to several people who swear it did, and not just to Mac. Nobody knew who the “haint” was, or what his story might have been, but he went and had a drink of water every night.

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Yes! FreedomInk is getting ready for the annual All Hallows Eve Blog Hop again this year. Want to share in the fun? It all begins October 30, 2014 at midnight eastern time and continues through midnight October 31.

Write a blog post about either:

1.Your favorite horror book

2. Your favorite ghost or horror story

3. A personal or family ghost story or paranormal event.

Then go to our event page and leave us your blog address so we can add it to our list.

And on October 30, we will post the list of blog addresses on the Facebook Event page. Just go to each blog listed between midnight Oct. 30 and midnight Oct. 31, read each post and leave a comment to show you visited.

Where is this event, you ask?


Stay tuned for more details!


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Black and whiteHalloween, a night of ghosts and goblins, trick or treat, and harvest decorations. Is it religious or secular? Where did it actually originate?

Why do we celebrate it?

Let’s take a look at history.

Halloween is considered by many to be a secular holiday rather than a religious one. According to some, Halloween harkens back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain was an ancient Celtic and Druidic celebration of the New Year, which began on November 1. It was in part a harvest festival. They believed that during the night between the new and old year, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and of the dead blurred or weakened allowing the dead to return and cause trouble. It was also a time when the priests could more accurately foretell the future. http://www.history.com/topics/halloween

To commemorate this time, they built huge bonfires, which were considered sacred, and burned sacrifices of crops and animals to their gods. It also kept evil spirits away.

Later, after Rome had conquered the British Isles, they brought with them two ideas—Feralia, or a day commemorating the dead, and a day in honor of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and trees. Her symbol was the apple, which some say is the origin of our “bobbing for apples”. http://www.albany.edu/~dp1252/isp523/halloween.html

When Christianity came to Ireland and Britain, it brought the observance of All Souls Day. This was a day to celebrate the martyrdom of all saints, known and unknown. Originally celebrated in the spring, around Easter, it was moved to November 1 by Pope Gregory III (731-741).  The day was called All Saints Day and  was ordered to be celebrated by Pope Gregory IV. Moving the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day to November 1 replaced the pagan harvest festival with a catholic observance.

The vigil, or eve, of All Saints Day is the evening before, on the evening of October 31. It is commonly known as All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween. All Saints Day honors all the martyrs and has been extended to include all saints in heaven. It is celebrated by the Catholic church by going to mass  and asking  for their prayers on behalf of those still on earth. http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/p/All_Saints_Day.htm

The next day, November 2 is All Souls Day and is a time to pray for those souls still in purgatory. Families tend graves on this day and some cook special dinners in observance of the Feast of All Souls. http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/10_2.cfm

Where did our traditions come from? Trick or treating may have come over from Britain from the practice of souling. In souling, people would go door to door offering to say prayers for the dead in exchange for treats—usually soul cakes baked for the occasion.


Bobbing for apples may also have come from a divination game played in Britain. Apples were placed in a tub of water and the participants tried to catch one in their mouth. Once caught, the apple was carefully peeled and the peel was used to find the initial of one’s true love. http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/halloween/a/Bobbing-For-Apples-On-Halloween.htm

Should Christians celebrate Halloween? That depends on who you ask. Many fundamental churches feel the pagan roots of the celebration make it a celebration of evil or demonic things. The Catholic church believes their celebration predates the Celtic practices and that All Saints Day is important enough to be considered a Holy Day of Observation. Of course observing the day by going to mass is quite different from going out trick or treating.


So, is Halloween a remnant of a pagan harvest festival? An ancient Druidic celebration on a night when the veil between the worlds is weakened and the dead return?

Or is it a day to go to mass and remember the saints and those departed?

Evil or Christian?

You decide.


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