Monday, September 29, 2008

Rosehill Cemetery

Yesterday, rather than do things like laundry or cleaning, I treked up to Rosehill Cemetery on Chicago's northside and took the archetectural tour. The weather was windy and overcast, just as I like it!

These garden style cemeteries are truly gorgeous. This one is 300 acres, with three lakes and about 25 miles of roadway. There are also about a bazillion oblisk style memorials. As you can tell by the pictures, my favorites are the intricate statues. The carvings are amazing.

So, without further ado, here are the pictures. . .

These two are interesting because they are made of metal. They are called "white onyx alloy", are pre-fabricated and only the personal information is specially made. The dates on them were the mid 1800's yet they looked brand new.

Friday, September 26, 2008

New York and Connecticut Bound

Ok, so, one week from right now I'll be jetting across the country to New York and I cannot wait. We are hitting haunts and grave yards and friends homes (oh my!) .

To get myself even further in the mood, I'm going to be going to the Rosehill Cemetery tour on Sunday. I'll have plenty of pictures to share on Monday.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Invitations this/close to done

Patti and I worked, and drank, deligently through the night last Friday and our party invitations are, in the words of Freddie Prinze, LOOKING GOOD! They will be printed, sliced, stuffed, sealed, addressed and stamped by September 27th. A personal best for us.

If you are one of the two people who read this and think you may not be on our mailing list, drop me a note with your address and you will be included.

This weeked, the decoration and prop building begins. I'll be handling a saw. Here's hoping I have fingers come Monday morning.

Update: Didn't start sawing yet, but near about cut my finger off with a steak knife. Maybe I'll get someone else to help out with the sawing. Paul? You game?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Heading to NY the first weekend in October

Thanks to an amazing flight price on American, I not only get to go visit Pam, but I get to cheer her on for her Team Halloween walk.

While there, we plan on checking out the following haunts:

Trail of Terror, Wallingford CT
Haunted Graveyard, Lake Compounce, CT
Headless Horseman, Ulster Park, NY

And Maybe either
Terrordome, Newburgh, NY
Kevin McCurdy's Haunted Mansion, Wappingers Falls

It does not get better than this!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Haunts A-Plenty

Information for haunts are starting to appear! I'm getting so excited. I'm hoping to hit many this year. And, I'll post info on the ones worth your time.

This one is good year after year, so if you're in the area, check it out. . .

Important note from Pam Tole Regarding Team Halloween Event

Dear Friends & Family,

I will *try* to keep this note brief…but basically, I wanted to let you all know that On Sunday, October 5th, I will be walking once again with TEAM HALLOWEEN in the Support Connection’s Annual Support A-Walk.

Support Connection is an organization in my home town of Yorktown Hts., NY that provides support & services to people affected by breast & ovarian cancer. Not just cancer patients themselves, but their family and loved ones as well. They give programs (such as Yoga, Cancer Wellness seminars), peer counseling, support groups, and resource referral (best place to buy wigs, etc.). The organization is staffed by an amazing bunch of people who are absolutely dedicated to this cause. Most of the funding for these programs come from the donations generated by this once a year event. Support Connection is unique in that it is volunteer driven…and unlike many organizations 90% of the funds raised goes directly back into the programs and services.

This year is especially important to me for two reasons. 1) My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. Luckily, it was caught early. 2) The Peer Counselor who first helped me unfortunately lost her own battle with breast cancer this past week. Hopefully, soon, all breast cancer will be caught early. And maybe one day, a cure will be found.

If you would like to make a donation to my team, please visit and click on the link on the left hand side for “Support A Walk”. From there you can either make a donation online or print out a form to mail in a donation. (Don't forget to earmark it for "Team Halloween"!).

If you would like to walk with us in the Walk-a-thon, please contact me with details. Also, feel free to forward this message to anyone who may be interested.

Thank you all very much for your time.

Pam & Jim Tole
Team Halloween

Monday, September 8, 2008

Great Googly Moogly, But I'm a Horrible Blogger

As Halloween is rapidly approaching, I know it's going to get even worse. But, here's the dealio. I'm going to start asking others for input. AND, I'll be going to New York, hopefully, the first weekend in October to visit some haunts. AND, I'll be going to Omaha on the big day to visit Mystery Manor. And, of course, I'll be checking out some fun Chicago stuff during October as well. So, with any luck, I'll start updating this stuff more often. Maybe even a picture or two.