Flaming Pumpkins – Old Hag and El Chupacabra

Here’s some more of my pumpkins that met a fiery end last night. As usual, the flames were pretty high and quite spectacular. I have to say the pumpkin was less than cooperative. I thought I had thinned the walls down sufficiently, but it was still quite difficult to cut through. The rind was a bit more fibrous than I had anticipated. It didn’t lend itself to well to my cutting technique.

In the end I think it all worked out. I like these two patterns. They were pretty straight forward and the cuts were relatively easy. Strangely, El Chupacabra bares a striking resemblance to my dog…

Anyway, here a couple more of my pumpkin cutting adventures for this Halloween season.

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Ghost Hunters Buffalo Central Terminal

The talk of the Halloween Special had me curious about this investigation so I dug back into the archives and found the original investigation. To put it bluntly, this episode is a load of bunk!

In it’s prime, I’m sure the Central Terminal was quite a vision to behold. It’s a grand building that looks quite opulent. However, it has fallen into some serious disarray and is a complete wreck. All the windows have been smashed, the place has been looted and vandalized, the floors have been ripped up, the roof has been torn down, the wires are all exposed and there is debris everywhere. It’s a pretty sad sight really, but as far as paranormal activity goes, Jason and Grant are grasping at straws.

Normally, a place would be considered haunted due to it’s tragic or tormented past. That really hasn’t happened here. There isn’t that defining tragedy about the place. I suppose that doesn’t have to be a part of the history, but it seems so common these days I just sort of expected it.

Anyway, this investigation is riddled with problems in my opinion. First off, it’s raining which is clearly going to have an effect on things. There will be drips and additional sounds (are those footsteps?). The building is going to creak and pop so of course you’re going to hear noises all over the place. There will be wind so you’ll hear whistling and moans. The place is abandoned so there is going to be animals all over the place (is that what caused the scratching, rustling, board to fall?). If it’s raining that will just drive them inside.

As you would expect, the train station is right next to the road so there are streets lights and of course cars and trucks rolling by. This will obviously have an impact. Basically, there’s a ton of external factors that will pollute the environment. Plus, the place looks like it would be an echo chamber. What you hear in one place will travel all the way through it. I’m just saying there are so many causes for false positives right off the bat.

Putting that aside, I absolutely question the evidence and the results they conclude from it. First off, that EVP of Go Home sounds completely bogus. It sounds like someone off camera trying to sound scary. To me, that is completely manufactured for the show. I dare say, that might be faked.

Second, there is the thermal image of what Jason and Grant claim is someone at the end of the hall walking around. Then they zoom in on and slow it down. And it’s at that moment that you realize it’s a PIGEON!!! Or at least some other bird, standing on the ledge, walking back and forth, bobbing it’s little head. As they roll the footage it’s as clear as a bell that it’s a bird! Why on earth would they even think it’s a spirit? This is just blatant reaching at straws!

As for the moans, could that possibly be the wind or the creaking building?

They also claim to get two other EVPs which are quite garbled. There is something about "girls" so maybe they did capture something. But as I’ve said before, EVPs mean nothing to me.

Now, about that whole K2 session they did with the woman waiting on the train. Just to ask, why is it that when Jason and Grant claim to be talking to a spirit they NEVER ask about the afterlife? Instead of sitting there asking if they can make it go to 3, why not ask something a little more related to the spirit world? But I digress…

We’ll put that aside as well and discount the fact that I think the K2 meter is a load of crap and focus on the event itself. It certainly seems interesting to have the lights bounce around like that, but are we really saying that can’t be manipulated? I mean, I’m sure it’s impossible to trigger that from off screen. Or all the faulty wiring couldn’t have an effect.

It also seems interesting to me that they don’t get any EVPs while the K2 meter is going off. You would think if a spirit has the juice to blink the lights they could offer up a pretty clear word or two. But no, I guess it doesn’t work that way.

When all is said and done I don’t really get the feeling this place has paranormal activity. It almost seems like Ghost Hunters is heading back to help drum up some business for the place. I mean Waverly Hill has haunted tours all over their website (they aren’t cheap) and they’re booked for the rest of the year. I’m sure that sort of cash flow wouldn’t hurt Buffalo Central now would it?

 

 

Look at what I found. Jump to 5:35 in this clip and watch the zoomed in, slowed down footage. Any one else see a bird rather than a spirit jumping around?

 


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Ghost Hunters Live Halloween Event at Buffalo Central Terminal

With Josh Gates and Allison Scagliotti set to host the event.

Well, it looks like the Ghost Hunters are going to try their hand at another Halloween Special for 2010. For this year, they return to Buffalo Central Terminal which they originally visited back in 2008. I only vaguely recall the original episode so I may have to dig this one out and see what kind of evidence they captured. I sort of recall it not being that active, but it must have had something going on for them to go back for a second run at it.

Anyway, it seems there will be a live event (but as we’ve seen, their definition of "live" and our definition of live aren’t always the same thing) and multiple re-run episodes leading up to the event. With Josh and Allison at the helm I’m sure it will be quite entertaining. I’ll probably tune in for the re-run of it at some point, I’ve got plenty of pumpkin burning and other activities going on that night, not going to spend it watching Jason and Grant play shenanigans in the dark.

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Pumpkin Carving Genius!

Ok, to use the term pumpkin carving is a gross understatement. This is pumpkin sculpting. These are from Ray Villafane, an artist who has found his way to using the pumpkin as a canvas. There is no doubt that his work goes way beyond simple templates and tea lights.

Have a look at these beauties, they are indeed works of art.

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You can see more of his work on his Facebook page:

And you check out the tutorial so you can give it a try yourself:

Great gourds! A whole new level of pumpkin carving

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