Trick Or Treat

Just a bunch of monsters
Looking for some treats
Hoping for some goodies
Good enough to eat

Took our time to dress up
Thought of it all year
Please no penny candies
They seem to disappear

Like those big fat chocolates
Forget those bellyaches
Mommy will inspect them
She'll say they tasted great

Monsters on a rampage
Looking for some stash
Hoping in the special bag
We'll find a little cash

Pennies by the handful
Nickels by the pound
Monsters by the dozen
With pockets to the ground

Really we're not choosey
Just delightful guests
Happy that it's Halloween
Hoping you're impressed.

~ Francine Pucillo ~
©used with permission.

And Here Is A Little
Something For All Of
The Adults Out There

The USS Sullivan

Captain Miller of 'Saving Private Ryan' wasn’t there to save the five Sullivan Brothers. Maybe if he were, things would've been different. When the five Sullivan Brothers' ship sank near Guadalcanal in World War II, the family earned the unwanted distinction of the greatest wartime loss to an American family. Although they didn't have a Hollywood movie made about their lives, the five Sullivan Brothers continue to make their presence known by haunting the USS Sullivan in dry dock in Buffalo Naval Park on the Niagara. Every Friday the 13th, rumor has it, the five brothers appear on the ship that bears their name. Their five floating forms have been seen walking on air through the ship. In 1993, the grisly apparition of a horribly burned figure appeared in front of a security guard. Other horrifying incidents have included the disembodied voices of the brothers playing a craps game, electrical malfunctions aboard the ship and an invisible voice calling out, ''Hey, you!'' -- perhaps to remind us that the cost of war is with us still. Written By Laura Picard
Source: Winfield, Mason. 'Haunted Sites and Ancient Mysteries of Upstate New York.' Western New York Wares, Inc., 1997.

Devil's Hole

Vacationing near Niagara Falls? Here's a tip on a site to avoid: the Devil's Hole. Located near U.S. 62, this spot is renowned for its paranormal activity and causing its visitors a stream of bad, bad luck. The site earned its name from the Seneca Indians, who believed that the Hole was actually home to the Evil One -- the spirit who actually oversaw the activities of all that were malevolent. The spirits themselves are generally not malevolent, but they are sad; lurking spirits are generally there as a result of a violent accident or some other manifestation of the Hole's bad luck. On July 1, 1917, the Great Gorge Route Trolley -- which President William McKinley visited mere hours before his 1901 assassination -- derailed, sending at least 50 passengers straight to their death. Their tragic deaths only served to add to the Hole's lethal aura.
Source: Blackman, W. Haden. 'The Field Guide to North American Hauntings.' Three Rivers, New York, 1998.

Thunder Waters

Niagara Falls is home to many deaths-by-jumping. Both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls have their own ghosts; the American side is populated by the Great Spirit of Thunder Waters, a Native American spirit who the Iroquois made sacrifices to on the falls. But the Canadian side's spirits are more active, and generally from more tragic beginnings. Near Horseshoe Park, an attractive female apparition known as the Maiden of the Mist has often risen from the waters. She is surmised to be the Native American maiden Lewlawala, who leapt to her death as a protest against marrying a man she did not love. Lore claims that her leap was cushioned by another omnipotent spirit, He-No the Thunderer. He-No, it's said, granted Lewlawala immortality and made her his wife; spirit-watchers claim that a cave beneath Horseshoe Falls remains the couple's home to this day. As Told By Mary Jones
Source: Blackman, W. Haden. 'The Field Guide to North American Hauntings.' Three Rivers, New York, 1998.

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