Story last updated at 10/28/2009 - 12:17 pm
Any CCW employee can tell you that one of the creepiest places in town is our office after dark. But in the spirit of Halloween-a holiday we celebrate by deliberately making ourselves uncomfortable-we've ventured beyond our walls and windows to bring you our theories of the eerie in Juneau and beyond.
10. 209 Seward Street: This ex-retail establishment now sits vacant, save for a life-sized alien mannequin that stands in the center of the store facing the street. In daylight, the figure is easily recognizable as resembling a character from the 1996 Tim Burton film "Mars Attacks!" But in darkness, the unsuspecting passer-by may find fright at the sight of the silhouetted extra-terrestrial.
9. Any basement downtown: With many structures around 100 years in age, downtown Juneau is teeming with creaky structures that have housed generations. Depending on one's state of mind, even the most peaceful basement can be a little too quiet for true comfort.
8. Juneau Underground: A basement is creepy enough, let alone a basement's basement. Our town, built on pilings, naturally has an underground, where pests and rodents thrive on whatever happens to fall through the cracks of our streets. We've never been down there but we hear it's weird.
7. Fields near Montana Creek: Some of our staff members enjoy going here at night and imagining ghost children playing games with each other. The presence of fog intensifies the experience.
6. Any swing set during Taku winds: Is anybody there?
5. The Alaskan Hotel: Rumors of haunters surround this famous establishment. We haven't personally experienced any of the hotel's supernatural phenomena. But we have heard that after three days inside its walls, strange things begin to happen.
4. Treadwell Mine ruins: Duh, of course a ghost town would make it onto this list. It would be foolish of us to let this one fall through the cracks.
3. The Gross Theatre: Behind the screens of this historic structure exist a labyrinth of old rooms and hallways "straight out of 'The Shining,'" according to our source. The theater will be taking advantage of their spooky locale by hosting a special midnight showing of "Halloween II" on Oct. 30.
2. Auke Lake at night: Every time we go swimming in the dark, this place scares the willies out of us.
1. Mine shaft at the Perseverance trailhead: Whether night or day, sunny or snowing, there's always a steady stream of cool air rushing out of the hole in the mountain. On a close approach of the hole, an eerie feeling comes along with the chill of the extreme temperature drop. We can't help but imagine the ghosts of the early miners continuing their search for gold in the afterlife, deep in the bowels of the mountains.
Libby Sterling can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.