Weekly Blend: October 30, 2015

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news that you just may have missed. Our hard at work Weekly Blend crew scours the web, newsgroups and forums looking for obscure, bizarre, interesting and informative real estate (or real estate related) stories. If you have one you’d like to share please feel free to share it in our comments section or tweet about it using the hashtag #WeeklyBlend. So brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy these stories…maybe even share them with friends or colleagues. Happy reading!

Here are my weekly picks:

Apparently the scariest, most decrepit, rundown, rickety house to visit this Halloween is 24 Sussex Drive.

If you’re thinking of dressing up as a food item, consider the donair: a greasy treat that could be designated Halifax’s official food.

Vancouver’s only haunted house not suitable for children is in Chinatown … but you only have one day left to experience it. (VIDEO)

CTV.ca offers up a nightmarish host of Canadian haunted houses to visit this Halloween season.

Creepy or cool? The Telus Future Home stopped in Calgary last week and let consumers see what the home of the future could look like.

Jenn Anthony, the general manager of the Keg Mansion, talks about what it’s like to work at a haunted steakhouse.

Who knows what sort of ghouls and goblins are living in any of these 20 recently photographed abandoned houses.

Star Wars fans unite (and dress up). For one night and one night only, Chicago’s Whistler Bar will be transformed into the cantina on Mos Eisley – a planet well known as a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

And not to be outdone by Chicago, Ottawa now has its very own Mos Eisley Cantina, too.

There’s so much that’s great about this story: a psychic visits Liberace’s former Las Vegas home and gives a reading to its current owner. (VIDEO)

Halloween is the perfect time to try these 10 gross-out (to some, not all) foods in Toronto.

Looking for an 80’s-inspired costume? Look no further than Mashable’s photo essay of 1989 American Malls. You’ll be glad you did.

This Halloween, kids and partygoers won’t be the only ones dressing up. An art project will transform the Eiffel Tower into a forest of heartbeat powered trees.

Horrorgami: the art of making Halloween scenes using only a scalpel and single sheet of A4 paper.

Do you know what ossuaries are? They’re buildings made out of bones and they are a lot more common than you might think. This video visits one of the most popular ones: Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic.

Just in time for Halloween, the world’s first kinetic Steampunk bar has opened in Romania.

What do you do when your hotel was the inspiration for one of the top horror novels of all time? You up the fear factor and try to turn it into a horror museum.

What began five years ago as a Halloween party has grown into a fundraiser for cancer research, Oh, and it’s a pretty creepy, scary, well done house in Preston, UK.  (VIDEO)

Bankrate.com has a list of 10 states with the most “Zombie Foreclosures.”

If you find yourself in Fall Rivers, Massachusetts over Halloween, you’ll find it difficult to book a room at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast.

It seems like this time of year every city wants to bust out their haunted properties. So why should Los Angeles be any different?

Houses and castles aren’t the only haunted properties. Enter any of these 16 haunted bars … if you dare!

Houses, castles, and bars aren’t the only haunted properties. Enter any of these 10 (supposedly) haunted museums … if you dare!

Listing these properties may be difficult considering they claim to be haunted. But thanks to Mental Floss, you can at least know the ghost stories behind them.

Staying with Mental Floss, we jump across the pond and have a look at 28 haunted houses you can visit in the United Kingdom.

Smithsonian Magazine gets in on the Halloween action with a brief history of the haunted house.

Just like the rest of us, ghosts and ghoulish spirits aspire for higher education, which is why you may find them lurking through the halls of these seven (supposedly) haunted colleges and universities.

For all you horror film lovers, here’s a horror-movie-super-house-super cut. How many do you recognize? (VIDEO)

Some call it the scariest building in New York City; you can own an apartment in The Dakota for just under $15 million U.S.

You know what’s pretty scary? The price tag on Michael Jordan’s home: a whopping $15 million.

I’m not sure why this Hawaiian beach house goes by the chilling nickname “Slaughterhouse Beach House” but for an asking price of $19.8 million, they can call it what they want.

There’s definitely something creepy about a possibly booby trapped, 100-acre wooded compound that recently sold for just $205,000. (VIDEO)

I imagine there isn’t much trick or treating going on in the Manhattan building where this $86-million penthouse is located. And if there are treats, they better be more than fun-sized Snickers.

Right now these six houses, ranging in price, size, and location, are all available in various U.S. cities. The catch? They may (or may not) be haunted.

Meet Randall Bell: a Laguna Beach real estate appraiser who specializes in properties suffering from “detrimental conditions.”

Three friends, three apartments, one SoHo building … I don’t know if this counts as trick or treating at one house or three. They better be generous with the candy.

The scariest thing about 1115 Broadway isn’t the spooky costume manufacturers that once worked there but the high cost of rent.

Telling stories about the memories and traditions that make a house a home is the message behind Coldwell Bankers “Halloween” television commercial.

All I can discern from this article is that the actress who played Emily Binx in the movie “Hocus Pocus” is now a real estate agent in Malibu.

A NAR blog asked REALTORS® to share their creepiest stories from the field.

Fans of the 1990 supernatural romance “Ghost” can now buy Sam and Molly’s Manhattan loft.

Here’s a headline perfect for Halloween: “Dog found in coffin unearthed from Texas woman’s backyard.”

The owners of the house that inspired the horror movie “The Conjuring” are suing Warner Brothers, claiming the movie has done nothing but cause problems for them.

Just in time for Christmas shopping, Lego has released actual images from its Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters.

A church-turned-art-studio-turned-house in the heart of Lincolnshire comes with stunning countryside views and its own cemetery.

In case you were curious, This Old House.com answers the question: “Why do Victorians make the best haunted houses for movies?”

Jonathan Baker, our former Speech Writer, contributed to the development of speeches, advertisements, and communications to our membership. Our staff knew him as the go-to guy at 200 Catherine for some comic relief. Prior to joining CREA, Jon worked in the radio industry in Ottawa. If you meet Jon, be sure to ask him to tell you about his encounters with many famous musicians while volunteering at a local music festival for more than 10 years.


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