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Weekender: Halloween - A Time for Frivolous Fun or for Menacing Manifestations?

As the economic opportunities of this annual tradition are exploited more with every passing year, Halloween has become a time of feasting, fun-filled frights, and fancy-dressed festivities. According to the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries, the origins of All Hallows' Eve are commonly held to date back around two thousand years to a...
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Halloween Special: Morbid Curiosity Explained - What Draws Us To The Macabre?

What draws us to the darker side? What compels us to look whenever we pass a grisly accident on the highway and drives us to watch horror movies and television coverage of disasters? Eric G. Wilson, a literature professor and a lifelong student of the macabre, set out to discover the source of people’s attraction to the morbid, drawing...
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Unknown Country Halloween Week: The Secret of Superstition

Do black cats, bats and witches have you on the run not just at Halloween but year-round? Do you always avoid walking under ladders and stepping on sidewalk cracks?

These behaviors can all be linked to a strong belief that has been embedded in human history -- superstitions, according to a Kansas State University professor.
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Unknown Country Halloween Week: Myths and Monsters - Is There Any Truth Behind The Legends?

We all love a good monster movie, don't we, even if it's viewed with just one eye open from behind the safety of our sofas?

Year after year, Hollywood favourites such as Count Dracula and the Wolfman, and other classic fiendish figures continue to draw crowds of eager horror-movie-lovers. But when and where did our preoccupation with...
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Halloween Special: Could your house be haunted?

Halloween Special: Could your house be haunted?

You've been hearing bumps and unexplained footsteps in the middle of the night, or get the feeling that someone is watching you, but when you turn round there is nobody there. The door opens or closes on its own, the dog is behaving strangely, or you keep having the same dream over and over again. You can smell pipe smoke, but no one in the...
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Halloween: The Newest BIG Holiday

What makes it so popular? - Halloween 2009 is expected to be a $4.75 billion retail event in the United States. And while that's down about a billion from last year due to the economy, it still gives retailers hope. Why is Halloween on the rise as a popular American celebration? Researchers think this is due to a greater...

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Why it's Fun to be Scared

Why do we like horror films, amusement park rides and?Halloween? Researchers have discovered that a look of horror makes a faster first impression on our brains than a smile. Our brains become aware of fearful faces more quickly than those showing other emotions?an evolutionary adaptation that has kept humans safe.

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Is Trick-or-Treat Candy Safe?

The milk that killed 4 children in China, and made 50,000 of them sick, was laced with an industrial chemical called melamine, which can cause kidney stones (which can be fatal in infants). Melamine has a high nitrogen content, which makes products seem to be higher in protein than they really are. Now it turns out that melamine has been found...

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Halloween: What's it All About, Anyway?

Halloween itself is wearing a mask, because it's actually an ancient year-end spiritual ritual in disguise.

Sociologist Charles Emmons says, "Halloween has gone through two major transformations since its beginning at least 3,000 years ago as an ancient European folk festival to a Christian folk festival and now a modern, pop culture...

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Why Do We Like Halloween?

Halloween comes halfway point between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice. Celts (as well as traditional Japanese culture) considered equinoxes and solstices to be the middle of a season. On the equinoxes, the sun rises due east and sets due west. During the summer solstices, the sun rises the furthest to the northeast and sets furthest in...

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A Special Story Read by Whitley

This year, we're celebrating Halloween with a special reading by Whitley Strieber of his classic story, Falling Apart. This story, which appears in the anthology Evenings with Demons, is some sort of a horror classic?or is that humor? To listen, click on "Listen Now" on the right side of the masthead. A downloadable version will be available to...

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Blue Moon Halloween

Tonight the moon will be full and the Seven Sisters at the top of the sky. This is the first Halloween since 1955 that there has been a full moon, and will be the last until 2020.

At midnight, the moon will be directly overhead with the Pleaides. It will reach the moment of complete fullness at 12:41 AM EST.

The current position...

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