It was Halloween Night 1957. A lady stood on the side of the road when Billy Bob and Jeremiah Withrowe saw her. They were on their way to Beauregard’s County’s Annual Halloween Party held at Colonel Hampton Thompson’s Mansion.
This Halloween story has been known to scare people so bad they remain scared and scarred for life. Children and adults have reported being unable to sleep for weeks. They were afraid that if they turned in their beds, they would roll over on the dirt of a freshly dug grave.
They have been reported too scared to close their eyes in the dark. They heard sounds from the darkness that weren’t there. If you read Eleanor’s story, you do so at your own risk and agree to hold me harmless for telling you the story. I am not responsible for how you handle your fear. Happy Halloween!
Colonel Thompson’s Lands and Mansion lay just 10 miles east off of Highway 101 on the north side of Beauregard County on Sorghum Run Road. Sorghum Run Road was the only way in to Colonel Thompson’s. There was one way in and one way out on the gravel road with trees on both sides. Only the houses of Colonel Thompson’s sharecroppers lived in the a few houses that could be seen off the side of the road.
When Billy Bob and Jeremiah saw the leady on the side of the road, they stopped and asked if they could give her ride to the party. She said yes and got in their car.
They found out her name was Eleanor. She let them know that she didn’t get out much but she looked forward to the party.
Billy Bob leaned over to Jeremiah and asked him if he thought Eleanor was all right. He told him he thought she looked really pale. Jeremiah told him that it had to be part of her costume and make up. It was Halloween after all.
When they arrived, the dance was already in high gear. Music was loud. Costumes were loud black looking like death.
Billy Bob asked Eleanor if she would like to dance. She told him yes. While they danced, he thought Eleanor seemed cold. He offered her his coat. She took it and thanked him.
Everybody seemed to have a good time. Colonel Thompson paraded in his zombie Confederate soldier costume saying the south was going to rise again. Limbs just kept dropping of him as he sipped blood julep as he kissed all the young girls in attendance.
When the party was over, Billy Bob and Jeremiah asked Eleanor if they could give her a ride home. She told them yes.
They talked for a bit until Eleanor showed them the side road where she would get out and walk the rest of the way to her house. They stopped to let her out. She shook their hands and thanked them for giving her a ride and showing her a very nice time.
Later, they both commented about how cold Eleanor seemed when they shook her hand to say good night. It was then that Billy Bob realized he had not asked for his coat back. They decided it was too late to go back for it. They would return together the next day and go up the road where they dropped her off to pick it up.
The next day around two o’clock in the afternoon, Billy Bob and Jeremiah pulled up the road to the house where they had let Eleanor out. They got out of the car and went up to the door and knocked.
A lady came to the door. They asked if Eleanor was home. The lady began immediately to cry.
Billy Bob and Jeremiah looked at each other and asked if something was wrong. She looked at them and told them that Eleanor was not at home. Eleanor had been killed on the road 10 years ago on Halloween night on her way to the Colonel’s Halloween Party.
Billy Bob and Jeremiah looked at each other again. They looked to the lady at the door again. She told them that she was Eleanor’s mother.
They explained to her that they had met Eleanor last night and taken her to the party with them. Eleanor’s mother went back in the house and asked them in. They followed her.
She led them to the mantle over the fireplace. They saw in the picture the woman they had met the night before.
Eleanor’s mother then asked them to follow her outside. They walked to the family cemetery. What they found when they got there is the memory that lingers until now in the minds of Billy Bob, Jeremiah, Eleanor’s Mother, and now you.
When they saw Eleanor’s grave, all were left with their mouths open. There it was for all of them to see. There was Billy Bob’s coat. It lay on top of Eleanor’s Grave.