Monday, October 29, 2012

Haunted Key West

Halloween is just a few days away and at this time of year, everyone is looking for the creepy,. crawly aspects to every story.  Since I’ve been talking about Key West, I wanted to show you what's known to frighten in the Conch Republic, from the freakiest doll I've ever seen to what seems like a friendly spirit of Hemingway.

According to Haunted Florida, “Many people have witnessed Ernest Hemingway waving from his studio window and lights on and sounds of a typewriter being used after the tours are over and the house is unoccupied.”

Personally, I think it’s entirely plausible that people who thought they saw Hemingway were a little on the tipsy side.

This video might prove otherwise:

It's $13 to enter the Hemingway House.

Ghosts or no ghosts, I do enjoy traipsing around cemeteries. 

I am sad for all the people who died and are
now buried here.
The Key West Cemetery has been around for almost 200 years and has tens of thousands of bodies buried there.  It's free to enter, but you must do so at your own risk (insert scary laugh here).

Some of the graves are actually quite funny.
Strangely enough, this is what Frank's grandfather's headpiece
says as well... gotta love the dead with a sense of humor!

Others, though, are a little more ominous.

That angel is for "Darling Ruth"
People have reported quite a few frightening instances at the Key West Cemetery, including hearing voices and seeing shadows, as reported on this website.
If you want to get a bit freaked out, watch this creepy video:

Some of the other haunted locations in Key West include:
  • Old Town Manor (which I’ve stayed at before and reviewed on Saturday)
  • Captain Tony’s Saloon (which I talked about on Friday)
  • La Concha (a hotel where I suggested you watch the sunset – I was unaware 13 people committed suicide by jumping from the rooftop deck.  If I was going to commit suicide, I would never, ever do it in a way that involved free-fall)
  • Robert the Doll at East Martello Museum (this is a given, because even though I don’t believe in ghosts, I absolutely believe in creepy dolls.  And scary clowns.  You can thank Chucky and It for that.  Apparently, this super scary doll even inspired Chucky!  If you want to experience Robert, it's $7 to get into the museum).
You can learn more about the ghosts that haunt these notable places in Key West by clicking here.

Have you ever seen a ghost?  Do you believe in ghosts or supernatural spirits?  Or really freaky dolls?

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