Recently my daughter took my grandson Luke to see "Horton Hears a Who" It was 7:30 on a Wednesday night and the theater was totally empty. It really spooked him out. "Where are all the people?" he asked, and burst into tears. (He's four yrs.old.) Julie reassured him that it was just an off night and how great that they had the place to themselves. They could put their feet up on the seat in front, stroll up and down the aisles and talk as loud as they wanted. Once the movie began he was fine. But the incident made me think of other places that had spooked me out. Theaters, when the lights go down, stadiums when the cheers evaporate, silent amusement parks, where the amusements are shrouded in canvas. Remember "The Third Man"? And one of my favorite films "Stage Fright" where there is a chase to the death in a deserted theater.Recently I was in Cape May, NJ. I was doing research for a spy story set in WWII. It was early March and the boardwalk was deserted. My footsteps echoed hollowly. And most eerie of all, all the obstacles had been removed from the obstacle golf course. Brrr!