Giant Blood Moon Over Cutting Edge Haunted House

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The rare combination of a near-earth super moon and a lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon was seen roiling the skies above Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth Sunday night, and is suspected to be a possible cause of some other odd sightings at the world’s longest walk through haunted house.

Although the haunt was closed for the night (open Sunday nights in October), satellite imagery revealed some strange goings on around the grounds of the old converted meat-packing plant. Zombies, vampires and rabid clowns were seen running amok, chasing each other with chain saws across the roof of the building, swinging from the parapets and baying at the moon. One blurry photo appears to reveal a zombie wearing what could only be a pair of ladies panties on his head.

While eminently disturbing, this kind of phenomenon is not unheard of during a lunar eclipse, when it is said that animals’ internal clocks get out of whack and creatures on the fringes of humanity seem to drift even further from their human roots. Accordingly, a great number of myths and superstitions have sprung up through the years around both solar and lunar eclipses.

During the Middle Ages, it was believed that children conceived during a lunar eclipse would be born with demons inside them. A somewhat more recent superstition holds that if a pregnant woman touches her belly during a lunar eclipse, the baby will be born with a birth mark on the area that was touched.

In India, some believe that if you sleep with wet hair during a lunar eclipse, you will awake stark raving mad, while others believe that you should bathe before and after the event, to wash away evil spirits — and also wash your eyes out with urine to keep them from hurting… To KEEP them from hurting?!

Some Eskimos turn their utensils upside down during an eclipse to keep the “sick” sun and moon from shining poisoned rays onto them, bringing on disease and famine. In Thailand, many citizens still bang on pots and light off fireworks during an eclipse to scare away the evil spirits that have devoured the sun or the moon.

It is said that Christopher Columbus used his foreknowledge of an upcoming lunar eclipse to trick hostile native chiefs into giving him food by threatening to darken the moon unless they did his bidding. After initially refusing, the chiefs caved when the moon went dark, seemingly on cue, at the intrepid explorer’s spoken command.

And so, if things got a little weird Sunday night, or if you work for NASA and you happened to capture some very bizarre satellite images, just chalk it up to the blood moon. Not to worry; there won’t be another one until 2033!

Cutting Edge Haunted House, however, is open every Friday and Saturday night in September, plus Sundays and selected weekdays in October. So if you REALLY want to see some super scary supernatural beings just being themselves — come on down!

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Have a Howling Good Time at the Cutting Edge

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If the boss has been on your back at work, your better half has been salting your Cheerios, the roof is leaking, the washing machine’s broke, the car is making funny noises, your dog ran away and you just can’t shake the feeling that the universe is out to get you lately, then shake it all off and come out to the Cutting Edge Friday night to howl at the moon!

That’s right, the only Friday the 13th in 2014 coincides with June’s full moon, and the Cutting Edge is going all out with a Howl at the Moon party that’s guaranteed to make you forget the rest of the year so far. There’ll be werewolves and vampires, zombies and ghouls and more scary clowns than you can shake a chainsaw at, not to mention awesome music and mind-blowing special effects to beat the zombie marching band.

This is your chance to shake a fist at the universe, let your hair down, put your head back and howl at the moon like it’s 2049, which is the next time we’ll see a full moon on a Friday the 13th! So hide all the mirrors, stuff a handful of salt and a lucky rabbits foot into your pockets, scarf a garlic meatball sub and boogie on down to the Cutting Edge this Friday night for the greatest fearfest Fort Worth has ever seen. If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait another 35 years, and the Cutting Edge isn’t suited for walkers and wheelchairs!

It’s not too late to get your tickets online! Use the promo code “Friday” and save $5!

Full Moon on Friday the 13th: Are YOU Superstitious?

CEHH - Friday the 13th - Full Moon copyThe Full Moon of June will fall on Friday the 13th! This is a very rare event, the next time the Full Moon will fall on Friday the 13th will be in 2049! Are you Superstitious?

Do you cross the street when you see a black cat? Do you scrupulously avoid walking underneath any type of ladder? Are you always looking at your feet in order to miss the cracks in the sidewalk? Did you get a feeling of profound dread the last time you broke a mirror?

Folklore from all around the world is rife with superstitions, some of them quite peculiar. Did you know that many Turkish people believe that if you chew gum after sunset, you’re actually chewing the flesh of the dead?

Did you know that if you give gloves as a present, you must also receive a gift in return, or both giver and recipient will be plagued with bad tidings?

If you pass a graveyard in Japan, be sure to tuck in your thumbs to protect your parents. The word for thumb in Japanese translates as “parent-finger,” and so by tucking it in when passing a graveyard or in the presence of a hearse, you protect your parents from death.

What do you call a flock of crows? Not a flock, a murder. That’s the term for a group of crows. Next time you see a murder of crows, count how many are there to determine your luck. “One’s bad, two’s luck, three’s health, four’s wealth, five’s sickness, six is death. More than six? A murder, I guess…

Got poo? In Russia, getting torpedoed by a pigeon – or any other kind of bird, is considered to be a sign of impending good fortune. The more the poo, the more the money. Show us the poo!

Why do we knock on wood? Anytime you acknowledge your good fortune, you’re thought to be tempting fate. Ancient peoples believed that good spirits lived in trees, and so by knocking on wood you’re calling on those spirits for protection.

Mirror, mirror. Some people believe that mirrors are capable of capturing your soul when you look into them. And if you break one, all of those captured souls will bring you bad fortune.

If superstitions rule your life, you might want to think twice about coming out to the Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth this Friday the 13th!

Not only is it considered by many to be a very unlucky pairing of day and date, this Friday the 13th will also signal the rising of June’s full moon. From tales of werewolves and vampires to just plain old wives tales, the full moon carries a load of superstitious baggage all its own.

Many of those who work in police and emergency services will swear that a full moon brings much more activity than any other night, including a rise in crime rate and violence. Some believe that the full moon brings out inner madness in those who are susceptible. One thing is sure; a full moon means more light, so more people are likely to be out on the street, including more criminals who use the lunar glow to aid them in their nefarious activities.

Speaking of the moon, did you know the moon has “moonquakes” registering up to 5.5 on the Richter scale? They can last as long as 10 minutes, and according to NASA, cause the moon to “ring like a bell.”

Shadows on the moon are also darker than those on Earth, due to a lack of atmosphere. When taking those legendary first strolls on the moon’s surface, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin found that whatever the sun did not shine upon directly was pitch black. Just stepping into a shadow caused them to lose sight of their own feet.

Party like it’s 2049

If you like creepy sensations, getting scared out of your wits and maybe even tempting fate just a little, come on out to Cutting Edge this Friday for a Full Moon Fearfest! We’ve got all the blood sucking vampires, brain-eating zombies and flesh-ripping werewolves you could ever ask for – and a whole lot more! Don’t miss this rare combination of Friday the 13th, the full moon and a rip-roaring, all-out Cutting Edge Haunted House throwdown. There won’t be another one until the year 2049! Buy tickets online with promo code “Friday” and receive $5 off!

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Howling at the Harvest Moon

Visitors waiting to enter DFW haunted house Cutting Edge this weekend will be serenaded by the light of a brilliant harvest moon, which will rise around sunset and stay in the sky all night long!

The moon officially turns full when it reaches a spot in the sky 180 degrees from the sun, which will occur on Friday night at 6:38 pm CDT.

October’s full moon is the one nearest to the September equinox this year, making it the Harvest Moon. Because a harvest moon has a smaller angle with the Eastern horizon when seen from northern latitudes, instead of rising an average of 50 minutes later each night, it rises only a little later, and sets around sunrise, giving farmers extra moonlight to bring in their crops.

It also provides werewolves, vampires, zombies and ghouls more time to reap havoc on the countryside.

Popular lore has long associated the occurrence of a full moon with strange behavior in people and animals, leading to violence, aggression and even suicides. While scientific studies have never been able to verify this association, many who work in hospital emergency rooms and police dispatch strongly attest to this notion.

Myth or not, this belief has persevered since the middle ages, and even the words lunacy and lunatic are based on the Latin word for moon.

One thing that HAS been confirmed scientifically is that the moon’s gravitational pull at different times of the month is responsible for tidal surges, with the most powerful one occurring during a full moon. New research shows that not only does this affect water, but land masses as well. A tidal rise and fall of some 23 centimeters on the Earth’s crust has been measured at the equator, and 10 centimeters at 50 degrees north and south latitude. Dallas-Fort Worth is situated just under 33 degrees north latitude.

Animals have been observed to get agitated just before an earthquake, due to their sensitivity to the movement of the earth’s crust. Perhaps this tidal pull explains why many animals also seem to get anxious around a full moon.

Recent sleep studies have also found that people tend to get less sleep as the moon gets full. Sleep deprivation has been known to lead to odd behavior…

An October Harvest Moon occurs on average about once every four years, with the last one occurring in 2009 and the next one in 2017. Moonrise tonight is at 6:05 pm. Friday night the moon will rise at 6:43, Saturday at 7:22 and Sunday at 8:04.

What better way to enjoy the Harvest Moon than with friends and strangers, clowns, zombies and lunatics as you wait to enter the Cutting Edge, this year’s “Victim’s Choice” number one must-see haunted attraction in Dallas-Forth Worth! Come on out and find out for yourself if the legends about the full moon driving people to lunacy really hold water. Let your hair down. Channel your inner werewolf and give us a howl!