Halloween Traditions and Hauntings: Are You Being Haunted?

Hey Everyone! It’s October and this week we are celebrating Halloween! Here in the studio we’re excited for the horror movies, haunted houses, makeup and costumes! We went around and asked our Trove team about some of their Halloween memories.

Alan, one of our interns and PAs, said as a kid his family didn’t really do halloween, but the best memories he has are carving pumpkins and dressing up as Mushu from the Disney movie “Mulan.” His dream pumpkin to carve would be Shrek and Fiona, but to set these pumpkins apart he would leave them out all year! Alan says, “I just feel like that is what you should do with a Shrek pumpkin, you know?” Alan doesn’t have many plans this year for Halloween, but he might try to go to a Anime convention in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

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It was a lot of fun talking with Ashley, Trove’s Producer, about her halloween experiences. She remembers her mom dressing her up as a witch EVERY SINGLE YEAR! Ashley's favorite costume was being a Genie, but she said it was not very good once you had to get bundled up for Maine’s cold weather. Something really cool about Maine -- other than the weather -- was how crazy everyone is about the Salem witches.

Going from one extreme to another Ashley then moved to Florida. She said, “Halloween is just not Halloween in Florida. It’s way too hot!” Even though halloween is not the same in Florida, Ashley really enjoyed her nephew dressing up as Buzz Lightyear from Disney’s “Toy Story”.


Now living and working in Atlanta, Ashley hopes to dress up as Cardi B this year. Cardi B is definitely going to be a really fun and popular costume this year. What do you all think?

Speaking of Disney, we have another PA who might be afraid to go into the Disney’s Haunted Mansion or she just wants to give the dead their respect … we are not really sure. (Shh, don’t tell her name is Shelby.)  As a kid Shelby would carve pumpkins and watch the movie “Hocus Pocus.”

Hocus Pocus is just the essential ‘scary’ movie you watch as a kid, you know!” Shelby said. Of course, we had to ask who her favorite Sanderson Sister is. She went with Mary, the witch with black hair, because she’s so funny. She thinks Hocus Pocus is a great movie because it’s a story about family, and even though it’s kind of sad it has a great ending. Her favorite part of the movie is when the Sanderson Sisters sing “I’ll Put a Spell On You.” “I love that song so much.

I even sing it when it’s not halloween.”

Shelby’s favorite costume so far for Halloween, was when she and her boyfriend went as Bob and Linda from Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” her favorite show.  This year Shelby is planning to dress up as Lara Croft from “Tomb Raider”, Leeloo from “The Fifth Element, or the block furniture characters from Kanye West and Lil Pump “I Love It” music video. The goal is to be someone really cool or something just plain funny and stupid, said Shelby.

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After talking about halloween costumes and traditions, we then got on the topic of hauntings and people being haunted here at Trove Studio. We heard Alan tell about his Grandma’s haunted pacemaker randomly going off after she passed away. Alan said, “usually the pacemaker will make a weird noise when his dad is upset or going through a hard time. “

Ashley told us about how her cats like to hide in her box spring. One day her box spring was making weird noises … and it wasn’t her cats! Her apartment was built in the 1920’s, so it really could be anything. Maybe a cat died and was haunting her because she loves cats so much? Who knows?

Although, the best story of them all, of course, was from Ben, our director.

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One late night, Ben was at the studio while no one else was here. He was working while listening to the audio book “The Demonologist” by Ed & Lorraine Warren. In the audio book the Warren’s describe the difference between ghost and demon possession. According to the book, when a demon is bothering you, there’s always a bad smell and something gross around like urine or feces.

So Ben’s just listening along and then decides to go check the mail outside. Everything was normal and nothing out of the ordinary. He got the mail walked back inside and … stepped right in some kind of feces. To this day, Ben doesn’t know where it came from or what caused it to appear. Maybe it was because he was listening to the audio book or maybe not?

On another occasion, we went into the studio in the morning and Ashley had a weird liquid that smelled really bad on her call sheets. We looked at the ceiling and all around ... no leaks or spilled cups of water or coffee. Maybe it was the demon again …  What do you all think? We would love to hear your comments below. :)

We hope you enjoyed reading about what some of us are doing here at Trove for Halloween and our big haunting here! If we’re filming for you this October, a lot of us like Reeses, Kit Kats, Nerds, and Milky Ways ... Ben just tried a payday for the very first time and doesn’t care for it, but he also tried a Take5 and said it was surprisingly very good -- so those work, too! ;)

We can’t finish up the blog without mentioning some great events going on in the community. What we recommend for October are the haunted tours at SweetWater Brewery, Edgar A Poe Experience at Wrenn’s Nest and Marco Ramirez's "The Royale" for people looking for something decidedly less scary (“not scary”). Go check them out and have a frightening October!

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