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Things that go bump in the night

From haunted lighthouses to ghastly graveyards, the Lowcountry is filled with spooky stories and eerie sites. 

For LOCAL Life publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb, Halloween time is more about the treats than the tricks. She will be celebrating National Pumpkin Spice Day (Oct. 1) all month long.

Many associate the Lowcountry with sunny skies, amazing outdoor recreation and miles of pristine beach. Many locals also know our paradise supposedly has a bit of a dark side. The centuries-old, war-torn history of our towns includes many significant events and interesting people. According to legend, some of those people have lingered a bit longer than expected.

While I’ve never experienced paranormal activity, I did have a spooky experience once in a said-to-be haunted location. When I first moved here in the 1980s, I found work as a plant lady, and one of my clients was the old lighthouse at Haig Point. One stormy day I was met by two cleaning ladies outside of the lighthouse. They warned me not to go in alone, and if I did, not to look in the mirrors. The storm and my imagination got the best of me that day. I watered the plants as fast as I could and got out of there without looking in the mirror.

Research for this issue uncovered there is absolutely no truth to the legend of the ghost. Maggie was a real person and her life had a much different trajectory than what’s been told. You will find the real story and other local ghost stories inside of this frightful issue.

We share stories of our most famous phantoms, including The Blue Lady, The Gauche, William Baynard and the Fripps. We identify haunted houses, graveyards, mausoleums, and share a few supernatural adventures you can experience — like the infamous Land’s End Light or paying a visit to a local medium. We touch on Southern superstitions, unveil local connections to root medicine and suggest books that might make you leave the light on.

Our hauntingly beautiful fashion shoot was done at Stoney-Baynard Ruins in Sea Pines, where numerous ghosts sightings and paranormal activity have been reported. We keep the haunted theme rolling with spellbinding seafood recipes from local chefs, Halloween makeup inspiration and collector facts about blow-mold pumpkins.

We had a fun time putting this issue together and hope you are entertained with these stories that help make the Lowcountry more interesting and unique.

Read on, if you dare!

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“We ask only to be reassured about the noises in the cellar and the window that should not have been open.” – T.S. Eliot

Boo-tiful babies

Halloween hasn’t ghosted us just yet! While the ongoing pandemic will likely make this one of the most forgettable Halloweens in recent memory, my daughters and I are still excited for my new grandbabies’ first Halloween. Emma is going to be a pineapple while Kinsley is leaning toward a beautiful ballerina. It’s scary how adorable these little girls are! Email your Quarantine-O-Ween costume photos to [email protected].