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Did someone die in your house? Do you own “stigmatized” real estate?

Have you ever wondered?

Maybe it’s because you’ve always gotten a creepy feeling at certain times or in a certain place in your home. Maybe it’s because you’re interested in purchasing a home with age and character. Then again, maybe you don’t want to know… or don’t care.

 

DiedInHouse.com

I heard about DiedInHouse.com through a commercial on my Sirius XM radio in the car on Friday. It caught my attention, and at the next light I made a note in my phone to check it out. I can tell you that the radio spot was much darker and creepier than the bright and cheery video I’ve embedded below. Apparently “you have a right to know” and they can find out for you by doing the research and sending you a report. 

 

For some of the locations and properties MOSS has investigated, I’ve spent a bit of time researching most of the things that are covered in this report.  It takes some digging, but most of this information you could find yourself for free. At $11.99 per search, you’re paying to sit back and let someone else to do it for you. 

 

Do you own “Stigmatized” Real Estate?

A few years ago I discovered a fascinating blog (HauntedRealEstateBlog.com) by a real estate agent from Silicon Valley. Mary Pope-Handy, the writer of the blog, says that “A stigma can be caused by a murder or other crime, usually violent – it does not have to result in death for a stigma to be attached to the property. The presence or suspected presence of a ghost would cause a stigma, but so would the a murder, rape, or other highly negative event.”

Different states have different laws about disclosing information about deaths in a home.  I’m not able to find a master list of states that require you to disclose the haunted history of a home, however, Mary Pope-Handy has compiled information about the laws and disclosure for Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington.

According to Susan Funaro in article from legalzoom.com, “Sellers should disclose grisly facts about the house, so they will not be ‘haunted’ later. Even if not required by state law, in order to soothe prospective buyers and avoid lawsuits, sellers should be upfront about their home’s paranormal guests or ghoulish histories.” 

You may also be interested in swinging by Mary’s blog to check out some of the results of the Realtor.com® Haunted House Report from 2013, where 62% of respondents say they’re open to purchasing a haunted home. Is this just another side effect of what I like to call “The Great Paranormal Craze”?

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Two More Halloween Books from Lesley Pratt Bannatyne

Last year I read and reviewed an amazing book by a true Halloween expert, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne. The book is titled HALLOWEEN: An American Holiday, an American History. I loved it and learned so much from it that I’ve referenced the book several times here on the blog. I immediately ordered her follow up book, but I saved it for this year’s autumn lineup. So tonight I present to you HALLOWEEN NATION: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night.

If Lesley’s first Halloween book is the history, then HALLOWEEN NATION is a fun and in-depth snapshot of the current reality of the holiday here in the USA, with some history thrown in when it is necessary, of course. The book covers everything from our obsessions with ghosts, witches, zombies, costumes, and pumpkins, to tricks and pranks, and the different ways we choose (as children AND adults) to celebrate the holiday. Also, she discusses many of the horrifying and heart-stopping haunts that we love to put ourselves through for entertainment. And she truly does go behind scenes, tracking down many interesting people, such as event organizers, a witch, artists, people in the haunted attraction industry, and the people who build and create the creatures used in those attractions.  

The book includes a 20-page section of notes that really shouldn’t be skipped. I’m in the process of finishing these now. She also includes a section of helpful resources and a selected bibliography.

HALLOWEEN NATION is full of fascinating photos in full color. Lesley writes in a friendly style and tends to add humor at the very moment you have the urge to turn to your invisible friend to throw in a funny comment. She’s got you covered.   

A few weeks ago I also picked up Lesley’s A Halloween Reader: Poems, Stories, and Plays from Halloweens Past. I grabbed this one in hopes of finding some stories to share with my students at school on Halloween. I always try to do something different, spooky, and fun to celebrate the day. I’ve also just become more and more fascinated and interested in the history of the holiday. If anyone has access to a time machine, let me know please. I haven’t started this book yet, but I believe I’ll start tonight!

For more on Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, visit her site at iskullhalloween.com.

 

You might also like:

Planning a Halloween Party (in 1911) (Big Séance)

Planning a Halloween Party (in 1911) (Big Séance)

A New Spin On Your Halloween Altar and Decorations (Big Séance)

A New Spin On Your Halloween Altar and Decorations (Big Séance)

Classic trick or treat loot: nostalgic candy & prizes from Halloweens past. (Renae Rude - The Paranormalist)

Classic trick or treat loot: nostalgic candy & prizes from Halloweens past. (Renae Rude – The Paranormalist)

The Haunting of Al Capone (News From the Spirit World)

The Haunting of Al Capone (News From the Spirit World)

 

 

 


Paranormal Politics (without the politics)…

In a year where there is a political electricity surging everywhere you turn, I couldn’t hold back from this post. Just statistics is all…

“Republicans are significantly less interested in the paranormal than Democrats and Independents. The typical Republican believes in fewer than two of the paranormal subjects we asked about on our survey (ghosts, fortune-telling, Atlantis/ancient, advanced civilizations, telekinesis, psychic powers, astrology, UFOs, haunted houses, and monsters). Democrats and Independents believe in two of these subjects, on average. A similar relationship holds for paranormal experiences. Republicans are the least likely to have a paranormal experience, and self-described Independents are the most likely.” (Statistics from the Baylor Religion Survey, 2005)

Source: Bader, C., Mencken, F, & Baker, J. (2010). Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture. New York & London: New York University Press.


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