While society has gradually departed from the "spookier" side of Halloween, there still exists some aspects of the macabre that cause the hair to rise on the back of one's neck. Among them are dated cemeteries where the wind blows fallen leaves across grave markers that are so weathered that the dates depicting birth and death are barely legible. Tales of local hangings and tragic accidents whose victims occasionally pay a visit to the site of the tragedy continue to be savored from one generation to the next.
Perhaps no more infamous tales exist locally than those associated with the former house of Ira Holmes, now appropriately named, "The Enchanted Holmes." The house was purchased three years aog and refurbished last year by Joni Burleson and has been welcoming guests, some invited, some seemingly uninvited, since its doors were opened as a lodging home in the spring.
Holmes himself was buried in the front yard of the home upon his death decades ago, but seeing the tombstone as a deterrent to prospective buyers, descendants of Holmes decided to move the grave to a local cemetery when they put it on the market a few years ago.
"Because of the love that Ira Holmes had for the old home, he seems to always be there," explains Burleson.
Whether or not hauntings exist in the majestic old place is irrelevant to Burleson, who has no fear of an overnight stay at the place.
"I think the stories and history of the old place just enhance its appeal," Burleson explains. The mind is a powerful thing."
Residents are reminded that the house will not be available for trick-or- treaters this Halloween, since Burleson will be hosting a private murder mystery party.