Perfect for Halloween, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s main branch will host a spooky screening of the 1920 silent film horror classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

In America’s Most haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places, “Haunted Housewife” investigator Theresa Argie and journalist Eric Olsen team up to take you on a first-person tour of some of America’s most active paranormal hotspots.

You'll experience the crawl through the death tunnel where visitors have reported sightings of an inhuman creature that creeps along the walls and ceilings. Walk the decks of the Queen Mary with the hundreds of souls that met their ends in watery graves. And get to know the spirits that wait in jails, mansions, lunatic asylums, and even a stately old hotel.

Being frightened, heart pounding, adrenaline pumping, cold-sweat fear, is not an enjoyable experience. Except when it is. Just look at the popularity of haunted houses, horror films and novels. People like a good scare, under the right circumstances. With us this Halloween to take a look at why so many of us seek out things that frighten us are Miami University psychology professor Dr. Elizabeth Kiel; Gary Vaughn, associate professor of English at University of Cincinnati’'s McMicken College of Arts and Science; and joining us from Pittsburgh public radio WESA, Dr. Margee Kerr, a sociologist at the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University who studies the science of fear. Dr. Kerr is an advisor for ScareHouse in Pittsburgh, which has been ranked as one of “America’'s Scariest Halloween Attractions by the Travel Channel.

From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends.

Katherine Howe bings to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.

Just in time for your Halloween road trip is the new book, America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places, which includes Bobby Mackey’s nightclub in Wilder, Kentucky. Co-author Eric Olsen was in town recently and spoke with Lee Hay about putting the book together and his travels to seek out the scariest places in the country.

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Seven gorillas, including two babies, got a special treat at the Cincinnati Zoo Thursday and it's not even Halloween yet. Gorill-A-Lanterns were filled with granola, raisins, sunflower seeds, peanuts, grapes, popcorn and apples.

The calm before the storm

The arrival of the gorillas into the exhibit was carefully orchestrated so nobody (except maybe the silverback Jomo) got special treatment.

Curator of Primates Ron Evans, who designed and carved some of the pumpkins, radioed staff to let the gorillas come out.

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Need a last minute idea for a Halloween costume that could light up the party, and in some cases, gross out your friends? Ray Cappel, co-owner of Cappel's, costumes, party decorations & supplies in Cincinnati, says if you know how to accessorize, you can make your costume very unique. He pulled a few technology-related items off the shelf and suggested:

In time for Halloween season, Roberta Schultz reviews the new book Kentucky Hauntings: Homespun Ghost Stories and Unexplained History by Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown.

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I am a big fan of Halloween and scary movies so I’ve been to a lot of haunted houses in my time.  In my experience, they usually involve somebody clutching onto you as you guide them through a semi-dark maze that is dotted with dizzying strobe lights and lots of plastic body parts soaked in fake blood while people in creepy clown masks or mad scientists jump out at you from various hidden corners.

But then there is SCAREDOWN, located in Waynesville, OH.  SCAREDOWN is not your typical haunted house. According to their web site, their goal is to “make you lose control of every bodily function you have.”

Haunted Asylum?

Oct 26, 2012

The Athens Asylum has seen its share of spooky happenings. Even the History Channel confirmed this. Barbara Gray discusses this frightening facility in Southeast Ohio with Katherine Ziff, author of Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape.