Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Hallowe’en Memories and Family History

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week’s mission was:

1) This only the second Saturday Night Genealogy Fun about Hallowe’en for some reason.  Since it’s Hallowe’en…

2)  What are your Hallowe’en memories from childhood or adulthood.  How did you celebrate the day?  Do you have any photographs?

3)  What about haunted houses?  Are there any in your family history?  Black cats?  Creepy neighbors?  Or witches – are there any in your family history?

4)  Tell us all about it in a blog post of your own, in comments on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook or Google+.  Be sure to link to them in a comment on this blog post.

Here in Australia, we’ve never really celebrated Halloween.  It seems to have only increased in popularity in recent years here (probably due to the influence of American TV shows).  So I don’t have any Halloween memories.

I also don’t have any stories about haunted houses or any witches in the family. I decided to check the internet for information on the most haunted places here in Victoria.  One site I visited was the This Is Horror website which included a post about Australia’s Most Terrifying and Haunted Places: Victoria

The first place mentioned was Larundel Mental Asylum. The Bohemian Blog also has a post about the Larundel Mental Asylum.

My uncle, Aubrey Ronald Marr, was in and out of mental hospitals for much of his life, and I vaguely remember visiting him one time at one of these hospitals, and I believe it was Larundel.  I don’t remember my uncle Aubrey very well, as the time we visited him in hospital was about the only memory I have of meeting him.  I would have been quite young at the time, maybe only about 7 or 8 years old.

Most of the spooky stories about the hospital seem to be since the hospital closed down, and the building has been left derelict, but this seems to be the closest my family has got to haunted houses.