30 Oct 2010

NOT (QUITE) ANOTHER HALLOWEEN POST.

It's that time of year again, that time when things go bump in the night OR if you are like my elderly neighbour that time of year when you are too scared to answer your door for fear, of not of the ghosties and ghoulies and four-legged beasties but, the juvenile delinquents who demand payment not to vandalise your property. Yes love it or hate it there is no escaping tomorrow being All Hallows Eve (Laughs demonically).

Not truly popular here in England until fairly recently, it seems we have taken a leaf out of the books of our friends across 'the pond' in America and Halloween is becoming big business.

But I digress.

I'm not a big fan of horror stories and certainly no fan of horror films - as I was saying to one blogger buddy THE SHINING and THE SIXTH SENSE are about as brave as I get - so imagine how scared I was when I found myself living the stuff of my nightmares (cue creepy music.)

As many of you know I love the Christmas markets in Germany and as we have friends there Husband dearest and I aim to visit every other Yuletide. Usually we stay with friends but due to a change in circumstances this particular year we found ourselves staying in a hotel.

A huge, rambling building, though we arrived late at night, there was not a light on in the place. "I'll just give the night porter a knock," said Andreas, our friend who, as always, had collected us from the airport.

Standing freezing in the street, it seemed an age until Andreas appeared, along with him a man who could well have starred in a 'horror' film - picture RIFF RAFF from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (OK so I may have exaggerated here) - who pulled out a huge key and let us in to the seemingly deserted hotel. (I swear the door creaked as he opened it but as I said I have a vivid imagination.)

Now as anyone who has ever travelled at Christmas will tell you hotels are generally bustling with lots of guests coming and going. I wish. With not even a receptionist in sight, Riff Raff examined our passports, got us to sign the visitors book (were those cobwebs?), gave us a bunch of keys and got Andres to inform us that as well as the keys to our room, he had also given us the keys to the hotel, could we make sure the doors were locked if we needed to go out. Yeah! Now I was scared.

Anyway we made our way to our room along corridors reminiscent of those in The Shining (post 1970 for those of you who haven't seen the film) I swear I would not have been at all surprised to see twins appear (SEE CLIP but only if you are not easily scared - oh and take note of the decor!)

Eerie enough? Next morning, after a shower, in which I got Husband dearest to stand guard just in case, (Need I mention the shower scene from the film Psycho? Click HERE if you haven't seen it but be warned it is scary) we went down to breakfast only to find a table set for two, but still with no other living being in sight (not that there were any dead beings in sight either you understand.).

Never have we stayed in a more strange hotel and though I'm sure some would pay good money to have had such an experience we never went back. Actually I'd love to tell you that though we walked down this very street countless times after this we never again saw the hotel BUT this wouldn't be the truth as we did indeed see the hotel again - we just never saw anyone go in OR come out.

PS. To see my Halloween Survival Guide simply click HERE.

15 comments:

Misha1989 said...

Woah! That must have been creepy. One of my friends once stayed in a hotel room which was supposedly haunted. It did not scare her at all. She was actually excited. As for me, I would die of terror in such situations.

Arti said...

Thats scary.. Thank God, I have never had such experiences or else I would have freaked out completely... Btw, the ring is the sacriest movie that I have ever seen..
Have a lovely weekend:)

Kelly said...

What a wonderfully creepy story!!! (and you told it so well!)

There are actually two versions of The Shining. Supposedly Stephen King was dissatisfied with Stanley Kubrick's movie (Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall) and redid it as a mini-series starring Steven Weber and Rebecca DeMornay. I was given the latter on DVD by my brother and his wife since they live near the hotel that was used for the Overlook. I will say, though, I always think of Nicholson in that "heeere's Johnny" scene whenever The Shining is mentioned!

Oddyoddyo13 said...

That is so creepy! Rain or not, I would've turned around and found another hotel!

Great post today! :)

Alyce said...

What an odd hotel! I am with you - those movies you mentioned are about as scary as I can stand.

Suko said...

Sounds like spooky-ooky fun! Terrific post, Petty. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Dorte H said...

Great story! Thanks for sharing this one.

naida said...

Great story, I want to visit that hotel now! lol
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GMR said...

Whoa. O_O Sounds like you almost had an encounter with the ghosty kind...or at least met with your active imagination....either way, glad you made it out in one piece!

A said...

Don't scare me please. I might be traveling soon....

chitra said...

I was really scared and was wondering what is going to be the next sentence. To tell the truth I haven't taken seen both the clippings. Now you know how scared I am.

Alison said...

What do people typically do in England on Halloween? Do kids go trick-or-treating? Is it spelled "Halloween" or "Hallowe'en" in England. The Harry Potter books (british edition) use the latter spelling.

Melissa Gill said...

There's nothing as scary as real life.

Alexia561 said...

There's nothing creepier than an empty hotel! *shivers* I'm not a big fan of horror movies either. Too scary!

Sanand said...

Quite eerie, I'd say. Wish you a joyous and prosperous New Year in 2011.