We usually deal with real-world paranormal phenomena here at The Occult Section, but we’ll be doing things a little differently for October. We’ve teamed up with Courtney Mroch of Haunt Jaunts and Dinell Lamb Holmes of Weekly Spectre for the Spooktacular Halloween Blog Party, a month-long blog celebration of Halloween. So we’ll be featuring some other things on the blog this month, some movie recommendations, some guest blog posts, some features on other paranormal groups, etc. But this blog post will be showing a little love for two great bloggers that I’ve become fast friends with, my partners in the Spooktacular Halloween.
I first made contact with Courtney Mroch back in June of this year. Once we got The Occult Section up and running, one of the first things I did was to start reading other paranormal blogs. And I found some really good ones, run by some great people. Courtney runs Haunt Jaunts, a travel blog that “features haunted places and paranormal tourism of interest to ghost enthusiasts.” The site is a great resource for finding haunted locations and great ghost tours, but it is so much more. Courtney talks about upcoming paranormal movies, all the paranormal TV shows, ghostly books, paranormal news, and more. And unlike many paranormal bloggers who sometimes come off as jaded, sarcastic and cranky (hey, why are you looking at me like that?), Courtney brings a refreshing sense of optimism and open-mindedness to her posts. In 2008 she was diagnosed with Stage 2 B-cell non-Hodgkins lymphoma, but she pretty much kicked its ass. Way to go, Court! But be sure to bookmark Haunt Jaunts, and be prepared to have some fun while you get scared 🙂
I met Dinell Lamb Holmes pretty much the same way I met Court, and it turns out that they were already friends with each other. Dinell runs Weekly Spectre, a paranormal blog with a motherly touch. Dinell used to be a paranormal investigator, but is on hiatus now to raise her kids. But that doesn’t stop her from investigating the paranormal in her own ways. Recently she purchased a supposedly haunted doll called Susan, and she has a live webcam every night trained on it, to see if the doll lives up to its reputation. Dinell is also experiencing some other strange things in her home, so by viewing her live webcam every night, we can all help her investigate. But she also does book reviews, paranormal news, and more. She also runs (and only a mother can handle so many things!) Mommy D’s Kitchen, where she posts great recipes, fun activities for the kids, and other great parenting tips.
Please be sure to visit their blogs. Courtney & Dinell are funny, friendly, and always respond to comments and feedback. They were open and friendly to me when I was just starting out with my blog, and we here at The Occult Section will always be grateful.