Spooktacular 2015

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Today is the first day of October, which marks the countdown to my absolute favourite time of the year, Samhain/Halloween. For the last couple of years, my Ruinhunting activities tend to die off during the month, mainly due to poor weather and access to many of the sites that I visit. But I keep my blog going with an assortment of the otherworld and Halloween Themed posts. The Bram Stoker Festival has featured these past two years along with Irish based tales concerning Gaelic Mythology and Supernatural customs and Traditions such as An Púca, the faerie Ghost, the Bean-sidhe an Irish harbinger of Sorrow , An Dullahan, the real Headless Horseman, Dearg-Due, an ancient Irish Vampire and the Wizard Earl of Kilkea Castle to name but a few.

An Púca

An Púca

So this year got me thinking, with the success of the Capturing History Challenge, I thought, Why not run a special ‘Spooktakular Challenge’ just for Samhain/Halloween on Oct 31st.  What I am hoping for, is that as many readers as possible will submit an image to the challenge that has a Spooky connection or history associated too it. This can be anything you want it to be from a Haunted House, A Vampire’s Castle, a Witches Lair etc, etc. So on the 31st I will post all the submitted images and links back to you own website or blog and I would like you to post a piece on the history or story behind your image on the same day.  As part of this year’s celebrations Im really hoping that this will be a huge success and Im looking forward to reading tales from all around the world.

Dearg Due

Dearg Due

So just like the regular Capturing History Challenge:

  • All images must have been taking by you, there is no time restriction on this and you retain the copyright for your images
  • Images should be submitted via email by no later than midnight GMT on the Monday 26th Oct, so I can ensure the challenge is ready to be posted on the Saturday morning. My email address is as always edmooneyphotography@gmail.com
  • You don’t have to even have to be a WordPress blogger. This SPOOKTAKULAR challenge is open to everyone, please include your name and a link back to your blog, website or social media page.
  • Images should be kept at low resolution with the largest side at 1000 pixels or less, if you need help with this you can pm me.
  • Once the challenge is published I will delete all files and mails from that week.
  • Each contributor should please write a piece about their image and its spooky history on their blog, for readers to check out.
Kilkea Castle

Kilkea Castle

“I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot.”

― Bram Stoker, Dracula

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About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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74 Responses to Spooktacular 2015

  1. Great idea Ed!
    I shall get the old thinking cap on although not much spooky goes on around these parts I’m afraid….!

  2. aj vosse says:

    I have just the photo for you!!! Sending it in the next few minutes!!! o_O

  3. oglach says:

    I may or may not have an image to go with it, but I’ve got a story for you that you’re not going to believe. But it will have to wait until that special time. Good challenge, good luck to ya!

  4. Ali Isaac says:

    Brilliant idea Ed! I will definitely be taking part!

  5. beetleypete says:

    I hope it goes well, Ed. I am not that interested in Halloween. Call me an old grump (go on, it’s OK) but I think it’s an American import that I don’t need. (Well, I am getting on a bit!)
    This was my take on it.
    https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/halloween-scmalloween/
    Cheers mate, Pete.

    • Ok Pete, You are a GUMP, 🙂
      I agree, Samhain has become far too commercialized andtaken over by the Americans, partly due to the amount of Irish whom emigrated there. But here in Ireland it is so much more, its really a new year celebration. Two years ago I got to celebrate it just like our ancient ancestors did.https://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/dark-moon-samhain/
      As for all the spooky stuff, its just an excuse to endulge in something that appeals to my dark side.
      Forget about all that commercial aspect, when we were kids, all we got were monkey nuts and if we were really lucky a few grapes. Costumes were a black bin liner an soot from the fire place rubbed on your face.
      Im vibing a scrooge moment here, perhaps a visit from the ghosts of Halloween past might warm you up to the idea 🙂

      • beetleypete says:

        I know it means a lot to traditionalists too, Ed. Just having my usual grumble about hijacking of history, and too much commercialisation. I hope you and the kids have a great night!
        Best wishes, Pete.

        • Hey if you cant enjoy a good grumble then something is not right with the world, I fully understand and agree with your views, but I refuse to let the nasty capatilist and corporate geedy B%&tards ruin my fun 🙂

  6. lauramacky says:

    Oh I’d love to participate! I hope I remember lol.

  7. jazzfeathers says:

    I am already thinking what I can do 🙂
    I need a ghost story, of course. Have to go hunting…

  8. jazzfeathers says:

    I’m already thinking what to do.
    It has to be a ghost story, of course. Need to go hunting… 🙂

  9. noelleg44 says:

    Nothing spooky around these parts yet! What is it about Halloween and guys?

    • Not sure, but once the evenings get shorter, my dark side tends to come out to play. I hate the commercialization of Samhain, but its a traditional celebration here in Ireland which I love. The spooky stuff in my mind is just a bit of fun which adds to the celebration 🙂

  10. jazzfeathers says:

    I love this idea! I hope I’ll be able to enter.
    I’ve been looking for a ghost story her ein my city… but alas, looks like ghosts don’t like Verona 😦
    I’ll come up with something else 🙂

  11. Fabulous notion. I cannot wait to see the entries!

  12. I loved your Bram Stoker post and will try to find something spooky too!!

    • Thanks Cybele, Stoker was a big influence as a kid, introduced me to the wonderful world of gothic horror. But he wasn’t the first Irish writer to include vampires, any idea who the first was? I’m morning on a post about them for later in the month😊

  13. Debbi Decker says:

    Hi there from across the pond! I wanted to know if you were thinking black and white photos or can they be color and special effects too? I have one of an urban legend near where I live in Virginia in the U.S. that I would love to share.

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  15. There is finally something that I can do with my ‘ghost dog’ from the Louisville Sanatorium; an old TB hospital. Yep, only me. I get a picture of a ghost dog. LOL. The original photo is black, but when I changed the hue … I had this little face staring back at me.

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  17. Galaxy Jane says:

    What a fabulous idea! Wish I had some pictures of the WWII era barracks I lived in in Germany for a while, It had been the infirmary when the kaserne had served as an SS installation/satellite of Dachau during the war and it was the most unsettling place I ever had the misfortune of having to live in (briefly). All torn down now that the US Army has left Bavaria.

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  21. Another idea that will haunt bloggers until they participate.
    (Blame the Americanization of Halloween on Hallmark, the party stores, big costly Haunted Houses, and costume merchants. It’s morphed into something unrecognizable here. Sadly commercial and much less fun)
    The night has deep world roots, though. Will have to see what I can dig up ( the light hearted Halloween post today shows a bit of the americanization of the holiday, Holler-Ring, much to the disgust of the resident cat)

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  23. lizcarey2014 says:

    OH! What a great idea! I can’t wait to get my camera out and visit the place that I’m thinking of right now!!! YEAH!

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  25. Chained King says:

    I live in Dhaka, Bangladesh, we don’t have awesome ruins like in Ireland. 😦 We also don’t have the awesome Irish Luck. (Or your sense of humor for that matter)…

    but I guess I could search for a haunted house 🙂

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    Spooktacular challenge by edmooney last day to email your photography, for this challenge.

  32. Hi Ed, just emailed you my photo. 🙂

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