Halloween 2011

November 1st, 2011
J. Nathan as Dr. Decay

Halloween is over. I am saddened and relieved all at the same time. This year’s season was my busiest ever, but also one of the best.

The Washington County Historical Society’s “Ghosts of Washington County” went extremely well. I was an actor in their haunted jail for my fourth straight year. This year I portrayed Dr. Decay, a demented dentist who had a little accident.  I got some good scares and had a lot of fun, but the most rewarding experience was working with this year’s new batch of volunteers. Rachel, Miranda, and the Martinez Family are people that I am extremely glad I got to know.

Then this past Saturday I gave a program on Washington County hauntings at the West Bend Community Memorial Library. 10 minutes before the program was scheduled to begin, only five people had arrived and three of them were my friends. I worried I was walking into an hour long disaster. Much to my delight, the room filled up minutes before the program with an interested and energetic crowd. We ran long by half-an-hour sharing stories and asking each other questions.

Somehow I found time amid all these obligations to visit the Fox and Hounds in Hubertus. The staff there is wonderful. I was given a tour of the 166 year old building. I learned quiet a lot about Ray Wolf, the former owner (and current ghost) Ray was a fascinating fellow who hunted, painted, and loved the circus. Many of his paintings are on display at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo. He seems to hang around not because of some tragedy, but because he loves the place so much. That’s the a kind of haunting I wouldn’t mind. I think we all could stand a guardian ghost, couldn’t we? I just finished the first draft of the piece this evening. I can’t wait to get this book published so I can share these essays with all of you.

Now that Halloween is past I’ll have much more time to dedicate to writing, which will hopefully translate into more regular blog entries. It’s late, and I’m tired. Talk to everyone again soon.

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