10 Things You Didn’t Know: Creepy, Scary and Spooky Stuff

1 “Frankenstein” – one of the most famous books of the early horror fiction genre is up for grabs. London’s renowned rare book seller Peter Harrington recently acquired a first edition of the book given to Lord Byron by its author Mary Shelley, who also inscribed it.

This Jack-O-Lantern form Halloween rattle measures 12 inches high by 5 inches wide and dates to the early 1900s. It’s composed of papier-mâché with paper insert and tissue trim on a wood stick. Possibly one of a kind and in excellent condition with original paint, it sold for $150 at Rich Penn Auctions, Waterloo, Iowa, Sept. 30, 2012.
Photo courtesy Rich Penn Auctions/LiveAuctioneers.com

2 Alfred Hitchcock changed cinematic history with his unique approach to movie making – including his legendary 1960 film “Psycho” – which helped to create the horror subgenre of psychotic films. “Psycho” also plays well with collectors. An original standard one-sheet poster promoting the movie sold for $1,314 at auction in 2009.


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3 Halloween celebrations were originally brought to the United States largely by immigrants who hailed from England, Scotland and Ireland.

4 Lanterns are among the earliest Halloween items ever made, and some of the most reproduced items. A vintage devil-head lantern, made by the F.N. Burt Company of Buffalo, New York, in the 1930s, is valued at $450 today.

5 Haunted items, including antiques and collectibles, are not “possessed,” but they can hold energy, and most often the energy they hold was sent toward them by an individual, paranormal experts say.

This 8-inch high original papier-mâché Halloween Jack-O-Lantern with double-sided choir-boy face and original paper inserts sold for $325 at William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals in Chadds Ford, Pa., Oct. 12, 2012. Photo courtesy Willam Bunch Auctions & Appraisals/ LiveAuctioneers.com

6 You don’t have to compile a collection of haunted collectibles to experience the phenomenon; there are several museums where you can take it all in. There is the Paranormal Museum in Asbury Park, N.J.; the host of Syfy’s hit show “Haunted Collector,” John Zaffis also operates his own museum; and Canada’s own The Museum of the Paranormal (which is temporarily closed); among others.

7 If antiques are said to hold energy that lead people to believe they’re haunted, then it stands to reason that a shop filled with antiques could be a potential hot spot for paranormal activity. That’s the case at Main Street Antiques, as told in the book “Haunted Travels of Michigan Vol. II.

8 Interest in Macabre collectibles continues to grow, building on some headline-making news, such as the sale of the original casket of Lee Harvey Oswald – the assassin who killed President John F. Kennedy. After his body was exhumed in the 1980s, Oswald’s original casket was replaced. In 2010, a collector purchased the original casket for $87,000.

9 Pediophobia is the fear of dolls, and is considered a relatively common phobia. It is one type of a larger family of phobias known as automatonophobia – which is the fear of humanoid figures.

at Morphy Auctions of Denver, Pa., Sept. 14, 2012. The lantern measures 4 1/4 inches tall and the lot included the original box Photo courtesy Morphy Auctions/LiveAuctioneers.com.

10 Within the ranks of haunted collectibles silverware is one of the most frequently reported types. Applying the idea that objects can hold energy of the various individuals and places they’ve been, it’s not surprising that silverware, a popular family heirloom passed on from generation to generation, would be among the most haunted of objects.

Compiled by Antoinette Rahn. Sources: www.johnzaffisparanormalmuseum.com, “Haunted Objects,” “Horror Movie Freak,” Heritage Auction Galleries, “Vintage Halloween Collectibles,” About.com, UK Telegraph, and Peter Harrington book seller.

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