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Rundown for the Week of October 25, 2002

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Pagans of Lands End by Martin Stott
Halloween is rapidly approaching, and for those of you far too old to go out trick or treating, maybe it's time to celebrate the event in real style -- how about a supernatural vacation? Martin Stott has been on a tour of Cornwall in England, the perfect destination for those who want to return to their pagan roots.

Napoli Purgatory by Frank Browning
Halloween, in the U.S., is mainly for kids: carved pumpkins and ghost gowns sewn from worn-out sheets; witches’ hats and day-glow skeletons. But in other places like Mexico, Spain and Portugal, Halloween and its twin -- the Day of the Dead -- have deeper roots. During this time of year in many parts of Europe, the celebration isn’t as child-oriented. In Naples, Italy, where Frank Browning spends a part of each year, it’s the season for paying respects to the dead and, literally, cleaning their bones.

Small Airports: Endangered Species? Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
There's news this week that the country's small city airports are fighting for survival. Ten small airports have lost all commercial service since 9/11 last year, such as Youngstown-Warren Regional, in Ohio. Barbara de Lollis, biz travel writer for USA Today co-authored an article this week on why smaller airports are going under. We talked to Barbara and she said that travelers are choosing to fly out of bigger ports to get better fares.

Links:
"Airlines abandon small cities," by Barbara De Lollis and Barbara Hansen, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2002/2002-10-23-small-cities.htm

Bad Taste Witch TourReal Audio Listen in RealAudio
Halloween is only behind Christmas as a commercial holiday in this country. Our neighbors knock themselves out with huge lawn & rooftop displays, just like they do with over-the-top Christmas light displays, and Vegas has a field-day. But the granddaddy of all spooky spots still remains Salem, Mass. From real history of witch trials there, nobody outdoes Salem for parties in honor of witchcraft. We sent Cash Peters to dig up the goblins in Salem.

Links:
Cash Peters' Web site - http://www.cashpeters.com
Salem Wax Museum - http://www.salemwaxmuseum.com
Salem Witchcraft Hysteria Game - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/salem/
Salem Witch Museum - http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com
Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour - http://www.hauntedfootstepsghosttour.com
Other Attractions in Salem, Mass. - http://www.bestmaps.com/salemattraction.html
Celtic Connection: Information on Wicca - http://www.wicca.com

Traveler's Aid: Ghost Hunting with Dennis Hauck
Halloween is almost here, and that means it's time for spooky travel: it's time to hit the road in search of ghosts. Where will you find ghosts? That's why we asked "Ghost Hunter" Dennis Hauck to join us. He's a journalist and internationally recognized authority on the paranormal, and the author of the ghost-hunting bible Haunted Places. Dennis gives us tips on the best haunted places in the country.

Traveler's Aid: CreatureFest
Get ready for a trip to one of the creepiest places in the world: a murky black lagoon in the upper reaches of the Amazon, the home of a BLOODTHIRSTY AMPHIBIOUS GILL-MAN!! Sound like the setup of a B-monster movie? Well, it is..."The Creature from the Black Lagoon," to be specific. If you want to visit the Black Lagoon, you don’t have to go all the way to the Amazon -- the movie was shot in Florida’s Wakulla Springs State Park, site of one of the world’s largest freshwater springs and the upcoming CreatureFest, a monster movie film festival. John Fraser from the Tallahassee Film Society tells us more about it. Plus, we also talk to the creature himself...

Deal of the Week: Creepy Deals to Spooky Spots
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, unleashes his Deal of the Week: some Halloween-themed scary bargains.

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