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Dog Day Sunday: Can Dogs See Ghosts?

In honor of Halloween, this Dog Day Sunday we’re going to explore the spookier side of our lovable canines and ask a simple (but controversial) question: can dogs see ghosts?

Many owners have spooky tales to tell about their pets acting strange and interacting with something that isn’t there, but we can’t exactly ask our pets what they’re seeing to confirm whether or not they were experiencing something paranormal.

According to pet psychologist Marti Miller, the only answer she has to the question of whether or not dogs can sense ghosts  is “we don’t know.” She does add, however, that “If you observe a dog standing in the corner, barking at nothing visible, then there’s a pretty good chance that he’s barking at an entity, spirit, or energy that doesn’t belong there.”

It’s a topic that does hit home, as I personally am convinced that my dog is able to sense and see spirits and entities from beyond, and I’ve had a few experiences to make me believe this.

I work in a literal castle near the Massachusetts Berkshires, and I’m lucky enough to be able to bring my dog along with me. Bailey (who you can see in the image above dressed up as a Jedi for Halloween) has been going to work with me since she was a little puppy, and it was summer of last year when she was only a few months old that something strange happened.

It was a normal workday. I was working on my Mac, and Bailey was sleeping on her bed next to me on the ground. Suddenly she began to bark and growl down a narrow office room at absolutely nothing (which was extremely out of character for her, as she is a very quiet dog and she never growls), and I noticed that the temperature was colder.

Bailey was watching and reacting to something that I couldn’t see, and it seemed she was barking at it in warning to stay away from her, as well as me (good girl!). At one point she even backed up as if something was moving closer towards her.

I filmed most of the encounter, which I later uploaded to YouTube:

For all the skeptics out there, I did walk around trying to debunk anything paranormal, but I couldn’t find any reason why she would have been so spooked. There were no bugs around (and even if there were, she wouldn’t have acted that way), no animals or people outside (which she ignores, anyway), and nothing there was new to her. She’s walked down that stretch and smelled everything plenty of times.

There are a million ‘explanations’ people can probably tell me to debunk this, but I know my dog and her mannerisms extremely well, and something was not right.

My bosses wife is very interested in the paranormal, so when I shared the video and story with her she contacted an animal psychic who (allegedly) commuted with my dog. The psychic told her that Bailey encountered a dark entity that was passing through, and that Bailey was frightened by it and didn’t know what to do.

Now, even though I am a believer in the paranormal, I am very skeptic of psychics. I take her reading with a grain of salt, but it does seem to be a very possible explanation of what happened.

Bailey never acted that way again… that is until this summer, when began barking at snarling at the exact spot while we were at work.

I am hoping that next time Bailey experiences something paranormal, my eyes will be able to see it, too.

Has your pet ever communicated with entities from beyond? Share your stories in the comments!

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GGW Staff Shares Paranormal Experiences

Whether you’re a believer in ghosts/the paranormal or not, you definitely know someone who claims to have had a paranormal experience.

I asked the GeekGirl World staff to share their own paranormal experiences, and what resulted is truly spooky.

Check out our stories below, and feel free to share your own with us!

Allison

I’m fairly certain our house has a ghost.

We have a motion night light in the bedroom that will turn on by itself, but only in the morning and only when both my fiance and I are both getting ready for work. We will both be in the bathroom and will see it go on with no one else in the room. It doesn’t do it any other time.

We also have cabinets in the hallway that make banging sounds that I was certain was my cats, but when I opened the door after hearing the cabinet bang there was no cat. I went to find them and they were all in the living room lying on the couches.
The cold water faucet has turned on but itself and there are footstep sounds from the hallway ceiling.
Nothing too alarming and nothing malicious really.

Ari

It was a dark and stormy night. Literally.

There was a big thunderstorm outside and I was in my room in bed. I think it was either late night or early morning but anyway, I was sleeping, when someone slapping me on my thigh woke me up. I looked over and standing at the foot of my bed was a little girl.

I couldn’t see that clearly in the dark of my room, but it definitely seemed like the outline of a little girl, and I thought it was one of my little cousins, because they were living us at the time. So I was like “what’s the matter? Is the thunderstorm scaring you? Did you want to come sleep in my bed?” But there was this dead silence. Like no response, and then I realized it wasn’t one of my little cousins, and started screaming. Just as I did that, the figure jumped, and slowly moved backwards into my closet that was open behind it and disappeared.

I jumped up on my bed and pulled the chain to turn on my overhead light, and just as I did that, my grandma came running down the hall with a crowbar in her hand. She thought I was being attacked, and when she heard what happened she laughed and said I must have just has a bad dream. My little cousins were in their room fast asleep, and whatever it was, it was gone. And I never saw it again.

Megan

I grew up in a fairly old colonial house in Massachusetts, and I’m pretty certain that it was haunted (though activity was rare, and any ghosts there were absolutely benevolent and weren’t bothering us)

One night I was lying in bed sleeping when I suddenly woke up. All around my bed and over my covers was this green mist. I looked to my left to my windows to see if maybe the light from the cars was shining through, but there were no lights aside from the streetlight. Needless to say, I absolutely freaked out. I ran downstairs with my blanket as fast as I could and slept on the couch.

On some nights when I would sleep on the couch (for one reason or another) I would occasionally hear the doorknobs to the main doors of the house rattle. You might think that maybe someone was trying to get in the house or maybe the wind was blowing on them, but both of those doors were connected to enclosed porches which had their own second locked door to outside.

I believe that any haunting in that house stemmed from my old bedroom. It used to be my brothers room, and he swears that one night he woke up in the middle of the night and saw someone with long hair standing in front of the middle window. He thought it was my dad (who used to have really long hair) and asked him what he was doing. When he got no response, he got up and turned on the light, but nobody was there.

My mother also had an en experience in the house, where late at night she saw someone walk across the hallway and into my room. She came in to scold me, but I was dead asleep.

The freakiest part about that house is that when my father did renovations on my room, he found gunshot holes (from what looked like a shotgun) hidden within the doors and walls. I’ve always wanted to look into the history of the house and see if something horrible happened in that room – it would explain so much. And I’ve also always wanted to write the new owners and ask if they’ve had experiences, but I didn’t want to be that creep.

Tabatha

When I was about 10-years-old we lived in an old house near MLK. I lived there from the age of 5-18. We knew the house was haunted but never had an issue until I was home alone one night.  I was laying in bed and everyone was gone, the house was dark. The way my room faced I could see the hallway and laundry room.

I felt sick, and dizzy and saw this tall shadow man with red eyes. He was standing right outside my bedroom, he never did anything or said anything, he just stared. But he scared the crud out of me, you know like when you meet someone and just have a bad feeling. The next morning I told my mom who apparently had seen him before.

I hadn’t seen him for years, not until I was 20 and living with my ex. I again was home alone and felt sick and dizzy again, I could see the outline of the creature standing outside on my balcony. I told him he was not welcome in my home and needed to leave. Never saw him again and don’t get that sickly feeling.

Have you ever had a paranormal experience? Tell us your stories in the comments!

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Caturday: Back in Black

This week we will be featuring (mostly) black cats in celebration of Halloween! Everyone knows a black cat is any witches best friend and these are no exception. Some of our lovely kitties were kind enough to even dress up for the day! (I know, they look less than impressed with their costumes, but trust me, they love them!)

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Stumble and Halle are available for adoption! You can find them at Petsmart on 7050 Arroyo Crossings Pkwy, Las Vegas NV. Thurs-Fri 4-7pm, Sat. 11-6pm and Sun 12-6pm.

We also wanted to take a moment to make a friendly reminder to watch your pets tonight (especially the feline ones) and keep them safe. Please keep them indoors to enjoy the holiday with you.

Send your cat photos and captions to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com and we’ll feature them on our next Caturday!

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Fan Film Friday: Inspired by Stephen King’s ‘It’

Happy (almost) Halloween boys and ghouls! In honor of all things creepy and crawly, we watched and reviewed a fan film based on the scariest movie I’ve ever seen: It.

We chose a short by James Cawley. Was it as disturbing as the original? Find out in our review below!

Watch James Cawley’s creepy horror fan film here, and let us know what YOU think in the comments, GeekGirl World.

In the mood for more Halloween fun? Check out our Nerdybound feature inspired by 80s horror flicks, as well as the top 10 costumes to avoid this Halloween!

Too scared and looking for something more light hearted? Take a look at Shadow’s original GeekGirl World debut back when he first appeared on Dog Day Sunday!

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10 Halloween Costumes to Avoid This Year

Can you believe that Halloween is already upon us?! If you haven’t picked out your costume already, then there’s two basic rules you should follow before you decide on the perfect one:

  1. Don’t be cliche
  2. Don’t be offensive

To help ensure that you don’t make a fool of yourself during your Halloween festivities,  we’ve compiled a list of 10 costumes that should be avoided at all cost!

1. Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn has always been a popular choice for Halloween, but her popularity has risen to a totally different level since the Suicide Squad trailer was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con.

Any variation of Harley Quinn (including Arkham Asylum) is just going to be unoriginal, overdone, and just plain meh this Halloween.

You may think I’m merely making an assumption here, but I recently spent some time at New York Comic Con, and, shit you not, if I took a shot for every Quinn cosplay I saw, I’d be deader than dead. Literally every other woman was dressed up as Quinn.

So… lest you want to become the joke of the party, avoid dressing up like Dr. Harleen Quinzel this year.

Exception: Gender bender Quinn.

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2. A Knockoff

If you’re not sure what I mean by this, then just to any costume store and look at the costume titles. A Mario (Super Mario Bros.) costume is normally labeled under “plumber costume”,  and Katniss Everdeen is simply “archer lady.”

These costumes always just end up looking cheap, and super fans of the original character will always point out to you what’s wrong with your costume.

If you plan on going this route, then make sure to pick up some RC Cola on your way to the party!

Exception: Home made character costumes. Those are always charming, and while they may not be precise, they highlight your mad costume making skills and are excellent conversation pieces.

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3. Power Rangers

There is usually always a group of friends at the Halloween party who thought that dressing up like Power Rangers would be a great idea.

In reality, you’ll find that not only are these costumes overdone, but they’re annoying.

Men, be prepared to make some people super uncomfortable when your your junk is center stage in that flimsy fabric, and women, make sure you invest in Spanx (unless you want to go totally commando, because ALL undergarment lines will show) and be prepared for the absolute nightmare that is bathroom breaks. Pro tip: don’t break the seal.

Exception: Dressing up as a Power Ranger in armor form. Now THAT’S badass.

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4. Cultural Costumes

Innocent as your intentions may be, the chances are pretty high that you’ll offend someone with your super cute Native American costume.

Save yourself an earful and avoid all cultural costumes completely.

Exception: Tonto from Lone Ranger. Because Johnny Depp.

 

 

5. A Hashtag

Do I even have to explain why you should avoid this costume? #NO

Exception: NO EXCEPTIONS

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6. Sexy Versions of Unsexy Things

I personally do not like dressing up all sexy for Halloween, but I have absolutely nothing against women who do. If you have a killer body, show it off in a sexy costume, by all means! Halloween is designed for role playing and imagination (even if you are leaving none to it).

But there needs to a line drawn when it comes to what is considered sexy.

Let’s do a quick rundown of what’s sexy and what’s not, just to give you a basic idea of what to avoid:

Black Widow: Sexy!

Sesame Street Characters: …ew

Wonder Woman: Super sexy!

Dora the Explorer: WTF is wrong with you?

Honestly, if it wasn’t sexy to begin with, then don’t try to make it that way.

Exceptions: Honestly, I don’t know.

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7. Caitlyn Jenner

Seriously? Don’t be that dickhead at the party who thought this was a good/funny idea.

Caitlyn may be all over the news and tabloids these days, but dressing up like her as a joke, lighthearted as it may be, is actually extremely insulting not only to her, but to the transgender community as a whole.

Use some common sense and courtesy and leave this tasteless costume on the shelf to wither and die.

Exception: Just don’t.

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8. A Nurse

You’ll feel hot and confident wearing this costume, but the reality is that it’s just sooo overdone.

It’s the typical choice, and that’s not a good thing.

Oh, and what’s even worse than the standard nurse costume? The nurse costume with syringes for alcohol shots. Talk about trashy.

Exceptions: Nurse Joy from Pokemon, unsexy zombie nurse.

Image credit: halloweencostumes.com

9. Donald Trump

Political costumes are a perennial favorite and are often overdone in general, but if you are going this route and want to stand out from the crowd of faux candidates this Halloween, then you might want to avoid dressing up like Donald Trump.

His high profile nature, eccentricity, and ridiculous hair all make him a popular costume choice, so expect to see him on Halloween more than any other would-be presidential candidate.

Instead, why not try dressing up like a stoner version of Bernie Sanders or something? Just spitballing here.

Exceptions: Oh, I don’t know, zombie Trump?

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10. Elsa (or Anna)

I love Frozen as much as the next gal, but just let it go already (lame pun absolutely intended).

This costume is way too popular, and honestly, there are plenty of other Disney ladies who need some love.

Maybe try dressing up as Merida? Or what about Mulan? Jasmine? There are way too many options!

Exceptions: I think having everything zombified is the ultimate exception.

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What other costumes should be avoided this Halloween? Let us know in the comments! And for more costumes to avoid, check out last years list!

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Nerdybound: 80’s Horror

The greatest holiday of the year is quickly approaching and what better way to celebrate than through fashion. Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of year, not only for the candy, but because everyone can dress up as anything they can imagine. It is a chance to be what you’ve always wanted to be, to let loose and do something completely out of your comfort zone, and just have fun. Growing up I always celebrated Halloween by watching all the classic 80’s horror movies and wanted to use those as inspiration this week. I know Billy and the SAW movies are far from 80’s, but he has such a classic look I included him as well.

Pinhead: Hellraiser

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Shop the look: YIANNA Steampunk punk rock faux leather buckle-up corset $29 Plus-size option:Worthington cap-sleeve seamed faux leather peplum blouse $24 Jade PU knee zip detail trousers $26 Plus-size option:ASOS CURVE legging with stud & mesh $34 Black patent croc cut out biker boots with gold clasps $15 Tenflyer retro women gothic black lace faux gem tassel necklace $2.37 Chicanova fashion pentacle cross earrings $3.30

Chucky: Child’s Play

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Shop the look: Blue button double pocket denim overall dress $18 Plus-size option:Forever 21 plus zip-front overall dress $28 Tanga Tee in black rainbow stripe by Motel $38 Plus-size option:Ralph Lauren plus three-quarter sleeved sweater $82 Rainbow stripe acrylic knee $13 Vans authentic lo pro black/true white skate shoes, pink $25 Knife necklace $28

Freddy Krueger: Nightmare on Elm Street

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Shop the look: Jag Jeans Wells tee classic fit shirt striped jersey $39 Plus-size option:Striped roll-sleve tee with zippered shoulders $15 Huntington rolled cuff distressed jeans $27 Plus-size option:Plus Ryan denim boyfriend jeans $40 SheIn black thick-soled PU boots $36 Mirror gold pizza slice acrylic necklace $20 Forever 21 women’s studded wide-brim fedora $20

The Leprechaun

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Shop the look: Crew Factory sleeveless cascade ruffle blouse $32 Plus-size option:Ashley Stewart button front ruffle collar shirt $37 Puff-sleeve Blazer $78 Plus-size option:Lands’ End plus size boiled wool jacket $80 Doublju Women’s cut out elastic waist sexy midi pencil skirt $12 Plus-size option:Alfani plus size classis pencil skirt $32 $36 ALDO Yuille bracelet $15 Bling jewelry gold plated celtic love knot earrings $18

Billy: Saw

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Shop the look: Long sleeve cropped button down shirt $23 Plus-size option: Bluetime women’s linen soft long sleeve button-down shirt $10LE3NO Women’s slim fit single button tailored boyfriend blazer suit jacket $29 Plus-size option:Black Ladies candy color plus size blazer $39 Black scallop hem suit shorts $15 Plus-size option:Women with control petite tummy control flounce skirt $27 Women’s pleaser dream 420W-red patent dress $42 NOVICA handcrafted modern fine silver dangle earrings $48 Fire engine red band collat bow tie $4.95 Collette Z Silvertone base metal ‘I Love You to Pieces’ puzzle necklace $19

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Sony to Release ‘Goosebumps’ Movie Starring Jack Black

Sony has taken it upon themselves to make the movie the ’90s kid inside all of us never knew they wanted: a full-length film based on the immensely popular Goosebumps horror novels for kids by R.L. Stine.

Goosebumps will follow Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and his mother (Amy Ryan, Birdman) as they move next door to Stine (Jack Black, Kung Fu Panda 2 [so good!]). Zach befriends Stine’s daughter, Hannah (Odeya Rush, The Giver), and when he hears her scream one night, he and his buddy (Ryan Lee, Super 8) rush into the house next door and immediately begin touching things they ought not to. It seems Stine’s novels are all imbued with a power that brings them to life, so when Zach unlocks The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, he and all the rest get a lot more than they bargained for. Check out the trailer below:

I tell ya, I never thought I’d see another live-action iteration of anything Goosebumps-related after the short-lived TV series from 1995. But I am stoked beyond belief for this one! It looks like it’ll be a great time for the whole family in the vein of Jumanji (another childhood favorite of mine).

Goosebumps is set for an October 16 release, just in time for the Halloween season! Will you be there, GeekGirl World? I know I will, if only to see if the scarecrow still walks at midnight or if there’ll be any headless ghosts haunting local museums.

Image and trailer courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Costumes to avoid this Halloween

You spent hours shopping in the stores and online looking for the perfect, modern, socially relevant Halloween costume, and finally your searching has paid off! You’re feeling confident, looking absolutely amazing and are ready to show that Halloween party what you’re made of.

Yet when you get there, things are looking spookily familiar. Turns out, you’re not the only one who had that perfect, modern, and socially relevant costume idea. Now the scariest part of your Halloween isn’t that creepy, realistic zombie in the corner who must have hired the makeup team from The Walking Dead, or the mystery of what actually is in the punch bowl, but the constant comparisons to another person’s costume.

Wonderful.

Don’t be a cliche this Halloween! Here’s a list of some Halloween costumes for guys and gals to absolutely avoid this year.

ABSOLUTELY ANYONE FROM DUCK DYNASTY

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This Halloween season we’re sure to see plenty of Robertson-would-be’s. All you need is camouflage pants, a semi-dirty black shirt, and a full, scratchy fake beard and voila – you’re a redneck millionaire. Add a blue plastic cup full of iced tea (or at least a drink costumed as iced tea),and then you can be the goofy, loveable and at times incoherent Uncle Si. It’s no secret that the world is in love with Duck Dynasty right now, and the costume itself is actually really easy and inexpensive. But that’s why you need to avoid it. In fact, many party stores and costume retailers are already carrying their own versions. Sure, it’s a great, crowd pleasing costume, but if you’re going to be out in public with many other costumed characters, you might want to reconsider this one.

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WALTER WHITE (BREAKING BAD)

Continuing on with the TV costume trend, the notorious, fictional drug lord Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is another addition to this year’s costume ‘don’t’ list. Fan’s are still reeling from the recent series finale of the enormously popular AMC series Breaking Bad, so this Halloween we’ll definitely get to see many different variations of Walter White, including the basic bald caps and glasses to his crystal meth making safety gear.

 

 

 

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CATWOMAN

An obvious inclusion, as well as a perennial favorite. Whether it’s the basic cat ears and whip, Michelle Pfeiffer’s messy stitched getup, Halle Berry’s original take, or a vintage take with Arkham City’s sexy yet functional suit, you can’t hit a Halloween party without seeing some variations of Gotham City’s sexy anti-hero, Selina Kyle.

 

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NEARLY EVERY MODERN POPSTAR

A lot of pop stars utilize wacky, colorful get-ups in their performances, which makes recreating that as a costume extremely fun. The problem is, most of the time people have the same idea, and Halloween gatherings tend to look more like the VMA’s or a look-a-like convention. So while your Nicki Minaj costume may be supreme, chances are someone else is channeling her as well. Expect to see plenty of Nicki’s, Lady Gaga’s, Kesha’s, Katy Perry’s and, a perennial, Amy Winehouse’s this Halloween season.

 

 

Know of some more cliched costumes that we should add to the list? Let us know down below in the comments!

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