When it appears that you have killed the monster, never check to see if it's really dead. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.
If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. It will probably take several rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak with somebody else's voice.
When you have the benefit of numbers, never pair off and go it alone. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell. Never stand in, on or above a grave, tomb or crypt. This would apply to any other house of the dead as well.
If you're searching for something which caused a loud noise and find out that it's just the cat, GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE NOW! If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits; just leave! Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.
If you find a town which looks deserted, there's probably a good reason for it. Don't stop and look around. Don't fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you're sure you know what you're doing.
If you're running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at least twice. Also note that, although you are running and the monster is merely shambling along, it's still moving fast enough to catch up with you. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness and so on, kill them immediately.
Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you're in trouble if you recognize this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine.
If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not go to the nearby deserted looking house to phone for help. If you think that it is strange because you thought you had a full tank, shoot yourself instead. You are going to die anyway, and most likely be eaten.
If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to move in with the in-laws. This also applies to houses that had previous inhabitants who went mad or died in some horrible fashion, or had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house.
Happy Halloween, Samhain,
All of the lights are out except for the one by your bed, which seems dimmer than it has on other nights. Everyone else in the house is asleep ... or better yet, you're alone. There are creeks and groans that don't sound like the foundations settling, there are shadows that don't look like that tree outside your window ... and wait, were those footsteps? Did someone just open a door? Is something scuttling under your bed??
Seems like a perfect time for a little bedtime reading, something to curdle the blood and get your heart pumping. You'll find several sections at Rambles.NET suited to your mood, but let's give you a little direction. After all, it wouldn't do for you to be caught wandering on your own, now would it?
First, we have a nice-sized collection of HORROR FICTION that might intrigue you. Here are a few selections to get you started:
Michael A. Arnzen
Marion Dane Bauer
Amber Benson & Christopher Golden
Richard Chizmar, editor
Richard Chizmar & Robert Morrish, editors
Peter Crowther, editor
Martin H. Greenberg, editor
Peter Haining, editor
Marc Joel Levitt
Vivian Vande Velde
Do you like ghost stories? We have a large library of haunted tales for your perusal -- make up your own minds, of course, but the stories here are all claimed to be true! You'll find the haunted library right HERE. A few selections of interest include:
Joseph A. Citro
Christopher K. Coleman
Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Susan Rich, editor
Eugene & Mary Kuryla Yelchin
Finally, for your reading pleasure, here are a couple of reference books that might capture your attention. You'll find even more filed under FOLKLORE.
Iona Opie & Moira Tatem, editors
John Hardy Wright
While you're here, you might want to see what horror writer Chet Williamson has to say on the nature of true horror.
What? You say you're too nervous to read tonight? Well, how about a movie to calm your nerves? We have just the thing! (If you're looking for movies that are a little less ... intense, you'll find plenty of choices in our VIDEO LIBRARY.)
Finally, we have a little mood music to help you settle in for a long night's sleep. We hope we've helped to make your Halloween a little more entertaining!
Reclaiming & Friends (with Starhawk)