WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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bor's house and leave a bag of candy on the doorstep with a ghosting flyer. Next, they ring the doorbell, run, and hide. You can't imagine the squeals of delight from the "ghosters," as well as the "ghostees," who are then expected to ghost two other neighbors. Sometimes the ghostees run out of their homes and chase after the ghosters. Sometimes the ghostees don't realize what's going on, especially if they're new to town, but they quickly catch on. Rylan Dean, age five, who moved to Wellesley from Boston in 2013, was introduced to ghosting for the first time last year. The first night he was ghosted, he called all his relatives to tell them how much fun it was. "This neighborhood is way cooler than my old one because I get to ghost people here," Rylan told them. "Now he wants to do this for every holiday," says his mom, Brandi Dean. "He came up with, 'You've been kissed,' for Valentine's Day." Also known as "booing," there are some unwritten ghosting rules to keep in mind. Only ghost houses with kids, or neighbors who are kid- friendly. No ghosting before October 1. No ghosting after 9:00 pm. No ghosting the same house twice. Always post your flyer in your front windows so people know you've been ghosted (although it won't stop them from ghosting you again). Hauntings While spookiness has always been at the heart of Halloween, it's risen to a whole new level. In October there are haunted houses in just about every town — from Canobie Lake Park's ScreeemFest in Salem, New Hampshire, to haunted Hammond Castle in Gloucester, to SpookyWorlds all over. There are haunted corn mazes, train rides, and hay rides through woods filled with ghosts, werewolves, and zombies who chase after you with chainsaws. There's a Ghosts and Gravestones tour in Boston, which takes you through old burial grounds and back to the time of the Boston Strangler. Or you can find some simpler 52 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 The Halloween Season "Waking the dead" in Wellesley I A N B U L L

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