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Dear Ghostvillagers,

“Darkness falls across the land / The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood / To terrorize y'alls neighborhood...” You know it’s Halloween when you hear Vincent Price’s wonderfully eerie voice over Michael Jackson’s music. Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve. Samhain. The veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead grows thin, so you must forgive me if I get a bit melodramatic. But now is the time for melodrama. So grab your flashlights, hold them ‘neath your chin, dim the lights, and drop your voice low… it’s our time of year. Ghosties and ghoulies and those who seek them get center stage, as well we should. It’s our day… nay… month of the dead.

Halloween has always held a special place in my heart; from chocolate-covered cupcakes with candy corn to a dark night 13 years ago when I uploaded the first six pages of a Web site called, this holiday is magic. Tapping into our fear, opening that sensitive part of our psyche to what may be lurking in the shadows, all of it is Halloween. It’s candy, it’s ghosts, it’s talking about legends and lore. Are there more ghosts around this time of year, or do we think and talk about them more than usual? I suspect the latter, but I’m not positive. Maybe Celts are right and the veil is thinner. Maybe, just maybe, the ghosts and ghouls can slip into our world and meddle in our affairs more now than usual.

This month I have a marathon of lectures and events. I get to meet a lot of people, all who are eager to share their own experiences, and hear about the paranormal encounters of others. There’s a bonding process I’ve watched occur countless times. People learn they aren’t alone, they feel better for having shared their experience, and we all realize we don’t have all the answers, but we do have similar questions.

The questions. The quest. It’s what it’s about, isn’t it? As children we dress up as monsters and spend the evening experiencing what it’s like to dance with the darkness. Our quest is to scare others, to gather candy, to stay out late, and touch magical forces that can’t be easily defined, but are understood by all who go through this annual ritual. The lure of this holiday is something no mere mortal can resist. Of that, I’m sure.

Come see me this month. If you don’t… I’ll haunt you!

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Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
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Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the paranormal. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please visit: for more information.

Events Scheduled:

Halloween with Jeff Belanger - Mattapoisett Free Public Library - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts - October 16, 2012, 6:00PM

A Weird (Massachusetts) Evening with Jeff Belanger - Thayer Public Library - Braintree, Massachusetts - October 17, 2012, 7:00PM

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Bellingham Public Library - Bellingham, Massachusetts - October 18, 2012, 7:00PM

Ghosts and Hauntings with Jeff Belanger - Swansea Public Library - Swansea, Massachusetts - October 19, 2012, 7:00PM

Wareham Haunted History Night 2012 - Wareham, Massachusetts - October 20, 2012, 6:00PM

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Ashland Public Library - Ashland, Massachusetts - October 23, 2012, 7:00PM

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Falmouth Public Library - Falmouth, Massachusetts - October 24, 2012, 7:00PM

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth - North Dartmouth, Massachusetts - October 25, 2012, 3:30PM

Halloween with Jeff Belanger - Middleborough Public Library - Middleborough, Massachusetts - October 26, 2012, 6:30PM

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Mystical Parlors - South Norwalk, Connecticut - October 27, 2012, 6:00PM

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Uxbridge Free Public Library - Uxbridge, Massachusetts - October 29, 2012, 7:00PM

Darkness Radio's End of Days Paranormal Conference - Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado - November 15-18, 2012

The Real Dracula Tour and Ghost Hunt with Dave Schrader and Jeff Belanger - Romania - May 19-27, 2013

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - New Braintree Public Library - New Braintree, Massachusetts - October 26, 2013, 7:00PM

Wareham Haunted History Night 2012

Join us October 20, 2012 - What better name is there for a haunted location than Fearing Tavern? The legendary landmark located in Wareham’s historical district was first built in the early 1690s. It’s seen every day of this country’s history and has played a major role in it—from loyalty to the Redcoats in the Revolutionary War (including a hidden room that allegedly housed British soldiers) to possibly serving as a stop in the Underground Railroad, this amazing building is full of period-era antiques and artifacts.

Investigations included: The Fearing Tavern, The Meeting House, and The Old Schoolhouse.

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Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Becky Flock of Toledo, Ohio, who was the September winner of an autographed copy of Nick Groff's new book, Chasing Spirits: The Building of the Ghost Adventures Crew and a window sticker!

How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (October 17, 2012). At 5:00 PM, we will draw a winner at random from the correct entries that have been received. You no longer have to be the first, but you only have until 5:00 PM to get your answer in. If you click on this link:, you see today's date, and "We have a winner!" that means the contest has ended. Sorry, please try again next month. To submit your entry, simply reply to this email with the correct answer.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Remember, reply by 5:00 PM tomorrow to be eligible to win.

What is the name of editor, Deonna Kelli Sayed's latest book?

At 5:00 PM tomorrow, we will announce the winner on our home page. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)

This month's prize: We're giving away an autographed copy of Nick Groff's new book, Chasing Spirits: The Building of the Ghost Adventures Crew and a window sticker!

Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.

Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

Chasing Spirits with Nick Groff October 2, 2012 [VIDEO]
Real Wolfmen with Linda Godfrey September 25, 2012 [VIDEO]
Trekking the Ghost Frontier: Challenges and Opportunities by Deonna Kelli Sayed September 21, 2012

Recent Encounters
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:

Halloween Ouija Night -- Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
A Random Encounter -- Slough, United Kingdom
Dogface and Cloaked Figures -- Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
An Unwelcomed Attachment -- Ashburn, Virginia

Recent Paranormal News

Deputies Find Paranormal Invesitgator Stranded Overnight Pella, Iowa - October 10, 2012 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Paranormal power influencing kids to self-immolate? Indore, India - September 21, 2012 [EXTERNAL NEWS] Aims to Replace eBay Closing Metaphysical Sections

Hot Threads and the Community
In the past month, tons of new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

Bad luck?
Could this be a run of bad luck?

Religion and Spirituality
Underground vampire clans!

Spirit Communication
Some questions about dreams.

Real Life Occurences
Drawing gallery.

Urban Legends, Myths, and Folklore
Melon Heads.

Urban Legends, Myths, and Folklore
Witches' grave.

Personal Encounters
Dead girl at the end of my bed.

Evidence Alley
The camera sees what I see.

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