Sunday, October 23, 2016

Weekly Winners, Trunk or Treat, and Scary Hawaii

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We have winners from last week's posts -  Gretchen, Catslady, and Kim H win a book choice from my convention stash. Winners, please claim your prize by sending your mailing address to

We are participating in our church's Trunk Or Treat - can you guess how we will decorate our car? I convinced my husband and son to go with "Scary Hawaii".  

From Madame Pele's Facebook page (link):

In Hawaiian mythology, Pele (pronounced [ˈpɛlɛ] in Hawaiian, /ˈpeɪleɪ/ PAY-lay in English) is the goddess of fire, lightning, dance, volcanoes and violence. She is a daughter of Haumea and Kane Milohai, and her home is believed to be the fire pit, Halema'uma'u crater, at the summit caldera of Kīlauea, one of the Earth's most and continuously active volcanoes; but her domain encompasses all volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

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Halema'uma'u crater

Pele has a white dog. From NOAA (link),

According to Hawaiian Legend, Pele, the fiery goddess of the volcanoes in Hawaii, would send her white dog as a messenger to alert the people when an eruption was imminent. A white dog was first noticed by the observatory staff during the latter part of 1959 about 1/2 km below the observatory. At that time, the staff lived at the site for up to a week on rotating shifts. Because of this housekeeping, a rubbish dump soon developed to the west of the observatory. The contention of the staff was that a stray dog had discovered the dump and foraged there for food. Attempts to befriend or capture this mysterious dog, no matter how persistent, failed. The dog for some reason would have nothing to do with the observatory staff. In December 1959, Kilauea Iki erupted and the dog disappeared. The dog reappeared at the observatory several months later and again was spotted periodically for a month or so and then disappeared again. This pattern of appearances and disappearances continued until 1966. Since then, no one has seen this mysterious white dog.

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Sandy was a friendly white dog in San Diego ... 

Let's not forget the Night Marchers: From (link),

Night Marchers are ghostly apparitions of a band of beings who move with purpose to the beat of primitive pounding drums. Some say they are armed spirit warriors en route to or from battle, toting archaic weaponry and clothed in decorated helmets and cloaks. Other accounts tell of high-ranking ali'i (ruler) spirits being guided to places of high importance or to welcome new warriors to join in battle. Perhaps these restless souls are looking to reclaim rightful territory, replay a battle gone awry, or avenge their own deaths. Some say the Night Marchers are searching methodically for an entrance into the next world.

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Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau (Place of Refuge)
National Historical Park

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about a "scary" legend in your area.

2. Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to US residents.

3. Comments are open through Saturday, October 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Monday, October 31.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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  1. Thanks and congrats
    Done t know one

  2. We have the urban myth of alligators in the sewers.

  3. I'm sure there is but not sure really.

  4. We have Resurrection Mary a young lady who was killed while hitchhiking in the early 1930's.

  5. Have fun with your Trunk or Treat! The only thing I can think of is a local cemetery that claims to be haunted.

  6. We have the legend of Leatherman, a man who wondered around in a circle and lived wherever.

  7. The Bell Witch is a spooky legend here 😊

  8. There is the story of the Jersey Devil - some kind of weird vicious animal thing - fortunately it's several hours south in the pine barrens

  9. Can't think of a specific one, but there are stories about all kinds of creatures in the sewers.

  10. Thank you so very much. I'm afraid I have no stories although I think there are some outside of Pittsburgh. It's not something I've ever been to.

  11. The Jersey Devil here. Think that's the biggest one here. It supposedly has hooves , horns and feathers and lives in the Pine Barrens down South Jersey. Congrats winners.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  12. Congratulations to the winners!

    There are several haunted buildings in the historic district of Austin...