I think it’s safe to say that for most of us, the month of October has flown by, and you know what’s even more dizzying? Halloween is right around the corner. Fear not, though – if you’re like me and feeling underwhelmed by the hype around this popular holiday, then kick back, relax, and carry on scrolling… you’re sure to start getting in that pumpkin-carving, costume-wearing, candy-giving mood with these three spooky conspiracy theories.
1: There’s A (Demon) Cat In The White House
Cats are a Halloween fan favorite, and they have been for decades – especially cats of the black-fur variety. As such, countless stories have been shared and tossed around over the years about certain cats bringing unfortunate victims bad luck- like D.C., the Demon Cat.
There have been a number of urban myths that mention a particular ghost of a cat that haunts the various government buildings in Washington D.C. This ghost cat has apparently been seen by some of the staff of the White House a few days before the assassination of both J.F.K and Abraham Lincoln, and it slinks around right before governmental/presidential tragedies or presidential elections. Some even go so far as to say that if you try to interact with the cat it’ll grow into the size of a tiger, so perhaps you should think twice before approaching any fluffy black kitties around election time.
2: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is possibly one of the most well-known Halloween specials in the world. Peanuts fans love to re-watch this one over and over again during Halloween, so it’s not that hard to think why they may begin to find loopholes and empty gaps as they watch the special for the umpteenth time. There are at least six different theories with regards to this one, each one wilder than the rest. Here are just a couple of them:
2.1: The Great Pumpkin Is An Evil Pumpkin God
According to this theory, The Great Pumpkin is nothing more than an evil pumpkin-God maniac. He apparently holds some kind of grudge over the parents of trick-or-treaters, so he goes about exacting his revenge by murdering all the parents in the Charlie Brown universe. And I mean, come on – you go and count the number of times a parent makes an appearance in the series. Yeah, exactly. The numbers are rather lacking.
2.2: Linus Reads From The Book of the Dead
If you think back to the Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, then you’ll remember the scene where Linus tells Charlie Brown and the rest of his friends about the true meaning of Christmas. The scene was a touching one, with Linus even quoting a verse from the Bible in his explanation. The truth is that that scene was actually nearly cut. Charles Schultz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strips, was a deeply religious man, however, and fought for the scene to be included in the final version of the Christmas special.
Many conspiracy theorists believe that Charles Schultz wanted Linus to read from the infamous Book of the Dead in an attempt to educate Charlie Brown on Halloween. This theory has a couple of different versions of the rest of the story after this, but the basic rundown is that Linus accidentally summons a horde of demons. Unlike A Charlie Brown Christmas, however, Charles “Sparky” Schultz didn’t end up winning the battle and the scenes got cut.
3: Skeletons Had Lives Too, You Know
In 2005, a woman in Delaware hanged herself in a tree around the time of Halloween. Passers-by assumed she was just a Halloween dummy, so she was left hanging around for hours. Years later in October 2009, a man by the name of Mostafa Mahmoud Zayed died by a gunshot wound while he was sitting on his balcony. His corpse was in plain view of the entire apartment complex as his balcony was on the third floor, but not a single one of his neighbors bothered reporting his death as they mistook him for an extra-creepy Halloween decoration. Eventually, the police were called on Friday, October 16, but not after he’d already been dead and rotting away for more than three days.
These instances sparked the question: are those realistic, gory people strung up like Christmas lights come Halloween really fakes, or are they actually dead? We will never know.
Did any of these conspiracy theories give you the shivers? If so, great; mission accomplished. If not, tell them to your friends on Halloween under the eerie light of a torch, and… who’s that figure standing behind you?
Have a fun-filled Halloween full of candy and unexpected scares!
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