Haunted Mansion Halloween
The Haunted Mansion
The Magic Kingdom
The Haunted Mansion is one of my most favorite rides at The Magic Kingdom ever since I was a child and I do think that it was subconsciously my inspiration for our Halloween decorations last year.
Our floating Ghost and our Pumpkin
Top Hat Pumpkin
I did move it to the front of our house for the trick-or-treaters for Halloween night.
Fog Machine Underneath
I look at this and really do think that I had The Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion in the back of my mind when I designed this.
Oddly enough I cannot tell you how many junior high, and high school trick-or-treaters told us that we had the best house for Halloween.
To tell you the truth I don’t think that we did have the best house for Halloween, but I think what I did was touch on was a memory of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. All Floridians have been to Disney more times that we can count so I’m pretty sure these kids were recognizing in the back of their minds, The Haunted Mansion.
To a lot of us Disney inspires all sorts of happy childhood memories whether you visit the parks or not you have watched the lovely Disney movies or played the video games or played with the dolls and toys, or worn any of the costumes with that special Disney character emblazoned on the front. Disney is everywhere whether we want it to be, or not.
Although a bit hard to see, Gordon and I have a hitchhiking ghost on top of us while on the ride.
Which is why when I saw this lovely Christmas ornament I had to have it.
The Hitchhiking Ghosts.
The Inspiration for The Haunted Mansion at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
The home was owned by someone we used to know, her name was Nancy Hillis and here is her real life ghost story……
So, Nancy is living in Savannah, working as a nightclub singer and owning a B&B that her ex-husband helped her buy. Nancy lived in the basement apartment and rented out the upper floors to tourists. She came and went as her schedule revolved around her nightclub job. She may have had one or two more jobs at that time but the one that sticks out most in my mind was that one.
They say Disney’s Haunted Mansion was based on this house.
Nancy would decorate her B&B with nice furniture and somehow, she came across a portrait of a Yankee soldier and hung it on the wall. I don’t remember which room but obviously she would have hung it somewhere like the living room, dining room, or even a sitting room. Somewhere out in the open for the guests that stayed there to view. Interestingly enough, every morning she would find that portrait of that Yankee soldier sitting on the floor beneath where it was hung. It was never broken, it didn’t fall, it was placed there. Even when she was all alone in the house every morning that portrait would be sitting there on the floor as if gently placed there. Nancy finally got the hint and put the portrait away in a closet. (How many people do you know that care to respect a ghost’s wishes?) So, was it a ghost? Savannah has a reputation for being haunted, so why not? The house was built on top of graves. Yet another “unexplained” event. We in the south believe in ghosts. We’ve even seen a few.
If you would like to read more about Nancy, and hear of a few more ghost stories, then float on over to my Ghost Writer post. 🙂