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The following are tales told by residents of Preston County West Virginia. One story tells of the ghost train that travels the tracks from Manheim to Oblivion. Another tells about two workmen who believe they encountered a werewolf on the KingwoodMoreThe following are tales told by residents of Preston County West Virginia. One story tells of the ghost train that travels the tracks from Manheim to Oblivion. Another tells about two workmen who believe they encountered a werewolf on the Kingwood Pike near Reedsville.Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you believe or not, stories about ghosts and other paranormal creatures have been with us since the first humans huddled around their fires. The fire gave off warmth and its light kept the spirits at bay. Americans are not the only peoples whose history is steeped in stories of the paranormal. Around the world, holidays are held to honor and apease those who have passed on.According to Wiccan tradition, Halloween, or Samhain is the night when the spirits of the departed can cross the barrier between the living and the dead. In days long past, a cautious farmer would carry a torch about his field backwards to scare the spirits and other evil beings away.Since the origin of Halloween was the Roman Feralia, a time for praying for the dead, and All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2) is devoted to that purpose also, there is a slight similarity between the two days. In Mexico All Souls is celebrated from October 30 to November 2. The last day is the Day of the Dead, and food is carried to the cemetery. The Mexicans make a holiday of this festival and devote it to the children, those living and those departed. At the end of the festival the leftover sweets are left for the dead.In Wales, hilltop fires are are set ablaze and people tend them until midnight. However, when the last of the flames turns to ash, there is a scramble to get down the hill, for it is said the devil will take the slowest.In China, All Souls’ is called the Festival of the Unforgotten Dead. In Japan it is called the Feast of Lanterns and is celebrated from July 13th to the 15th. In Belgium, the day is celebrated with candlelight processions, while the Polish believe the Lord comes to the cemeteries to count the souls of the saved. In France, families decorate the graves of their loved ones.In the United States, All Saint’s Day is observed in the Roman Catholic and Protestant Episcopal churches. In the State of Louisiana it is a legal holiday.