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31 Days of Halloween, Day 1 — Your True Tales of Hauntings

“All houses are haunted. All persons are haunted. Throngs of spirits follow us everywhere. We are never alone.” – Barney Sarecky

Hello girls and ghouls! It’s another year, another October, another 31 Days of Halloween here on Persephone Magazine. All month long we’ll be exploring the bumps in the nights, the monsters in your closet, and the content of your scary dreams. Until All Hallows Eve, every week day will feature a new 31 Days post in this very time slot — coming up this month we’re going to talk about the place of women in the horror genre, movies to watch, books to explore, and fun activities to celebrate Slay Belle’s personal favorite holiday. (Christmas can step right off.) I hope to see you around in the comments.

This month we’re kicking things off with some reader participation fun:

A person sits on a piano bench as a transparent figure stands over them.

There is nothing more themely and enjoyable for the month of October than hearing about your friends’ real life tales of terror. For this year’s installment of 31 Days of Halloween, the staff of P-Mag want to hear about your brushes with the other side. No tale is too small. No creep is too creepy. No haunting is too… uh, haunty. You get the gist.

Share your ghost stories in the comments. We will impartially choose a couple to feature in posts throughout the month, bringing you fame and fortune, or at least some sympathetic gasps, during this, the most wonderful time of the year.

While you’re poking around in the cobwebs of your memory, read our darling Bryn’s story of living in a haunted apartment, which she shared with us last year.

We’re waiting with bated breath.

By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

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3 replies on “31 Days of Halloween, Day 1 — Your True Tales of Hauntings”

A few summers ago, I was working at my college as a summer RA. We were cleaning rooms in one of the dorms before any groups got in (tiny college = minimal housekeeping staff). I walked into one room. It was just heavy and cold. This was June, mind you, and the building wasn’t air conditioned. And as much as I tried to clean that room fast and get on with it, it felt like I couldn’t move with any kind of speed. And it always felt like something was behind me, but in such a way that even if I turned around I wouldn’t see it. It was creepy.

I have a lot. Mexicans as a culture believe in spirits. I mean we have a whole day dedicated to them. My favorite part of our trips to visit the family is when we sit around and tell spooky stories. The best part of these stories are that they have happened to one of us.

The quick one is my brother, my mom and I were visiting some of my dad’s cousins in my deceased great grandmother’s house. When we got there, everyone was out except one of my “aunts.” Just as we’re standing in the patio talking about their trip down, I notice something out of the corner of my right eye. I turn my head just in time to see a huddle black mass moving through the wall of the far end bathroom. I turn back trying to act like nothing, but I catch my brother’s eyes as their moving back away from looking as well. We both stare at each other and I very loudly ask my aunt, oh who did you say is here? And she laughs and goes no, I’m the only one in the house.I laughed it off and was ready to bolt. When we finally left the house my brother asks me if I saw the all black person-thing too. My brother and I both saw the same thing. For the longest time I convinced myself it was just my great grandma wanting to check up on the family, but this year I heard other stories that lead me to believe that’s not what we saw at all.

I think that there is energy all around and some just lingers longer, but I love hearing a personal account of a spooky goings-on .

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