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The Truth Behind The Mask

By Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Ph.D. © Visionary Living, Inc. 2002 You open the door on Halloween and there before you stand the good, the bad and the ugly-fairies, superheroes, villains, creatures, monsters, even terrorists. You know them by their masks. Halloween is an evening of fun and entertainment, and masks …

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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Back to Vol. 1, Issue 3 When you think of Halloween, what celebrity comes to mind? If you’re like millions of us, Elvira-Mistress of the Dark, is one of the first on your list. Since unveiling her character in 1981 as host of a local television program (Elvira’s Movie Macabre) …

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Halloween…The Happy Haunting of America

Back to Vol. 1, Issue 2 Capturing the spirit of Halloween is a challenge. Yet, “Halloween… The Happy Haunting of America” achieves this difficult task with humor, wit and visual artistry befitting the holiday at it’s best. A presentation of Chuck Williams Productions and Whiz Bang Entertainment, this video gives …

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SALEM’S HAUNTED HAPPENINGS

Back to Vol. 1, Issue 1 Festivals are a day for rejoicing. In playing together we unite as a community, if only for a brief time. And what better reason to celebrate than Halloween. Each October thousands of cities around the world host festivals. For some communities the celebration takes …

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First Halloween Costume

© Copyright by David Lady “Aww, COOL!” exclaimed Jody as Susan turned the page. The eight-year-old smiled broadly at the picture of his Aunt Susan, taken when she was about his age, dressed in an implausibly bright and colorful witch costume for Hallowe’en. “That was the first Hallowe’en costume your …

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Sometimes, You Can Go Home

By Rochelle Santopoalo On October 31, 2003 the well-worn adage by Thomas Wolfe – “you can’t go home again” – proved to be incorrect. For on that day, accompanied by two of my grade school classmates, I returned to my roots and attended the annual Halloween festivities at my childhood …

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There’s No Place Like Home for the Holiday

By John Pearson It was more than 20 years ago that Bob Burns and his crew of Hollywood FX masters magically transformed his quaint home in Burbank, California, into a haunter’s paradise. This past Halloween, they resurrected the tradition one last time hoping to dazzle guests once again with a …

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Halloween – October 31st Traditions

When you start with a chilling upstate autumn evening and add in the mausoleum cold that entombs the imagination of a ten year old boy on Halloween, you can be guaranteed to hear the sound of chattering teeth at some point during trick or treat night. The October 31st tradition …

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One Halloween Night

by Michael J. Smajda Never again on a Halloween night Will I ever go near a graveyard site. For when last I did, this is what I saw Zombie-like creatures, large and small, Ascending from their graves, one by one, Moaning and groaning in unison, Wandering about like flocks of …

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Pumpkin Halloween

Author Unknown Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. The first one said, “My it’s getting late.” The second one said, “There are witches in the air.” The third one said, “But we don’t care!” The fourth one said, “Lets run, lets run.” The fifth one said, “I’m ready for …

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Halloween Pumpkin Sculptures

Russ and Pam Leno, Sleepy Hallow Master Pumpkin Carvers, are pumpkin sculptures extraordinaire as witnessed by their sculpting of this massive 1,262 lb pumpkin. We first discovered the Leno’s last year when we featured them in “Halloween Goes Patriotic” in Happy Halloween Magazine (Vol. 4, Issue 4). They carved a …

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Tis the Season to be Scary

Deck the boughs with scary ornies! Yep! Festive trees and ornaments aren’t just for that other holiday anymore. There is a full genre of sparkling, twisted decorations suitable for the big haunt. We’re talking black fir trees, specialty lights and grizzly ornaments. Beginning with the basics, let’s consider the fundamental …

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Shy Mama’s Halloween

Book Review By Anne Broyles Halloween deserves it’s reputation as the holiday that welcomes everyone as shown in this beautifully illustrated and touching book set in the 1930s. For Anya, Dasha, Irina, and Diminitrii, newly arrived to this country, Halloween seems a wonderfully strange and exciting holiday. They enlist an …

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Stop Trick or Treating

(To the tune of We Wish You A Merry Christmas) We wish you’d quit trick-or-treating, We wish you’d quit trick-or-treating, We wish you’d quit trick-or-treating And come back in here. You do this ev’ry October, You know trick-or-treat is over, The night’s getting dark and colder, So please come inside. …

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The Raven

By Edgar Allan Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore– While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. “‘Tis some visitor,” I …

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The Raven – An Analysis

An Analysis of Poe’s Work “Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!” Quote from the Raven, “Nevermore.” The above quote from “The Raven” may well been seen as prophetic. With the publishing of this poem in 1845, Poe’s life would be forever …

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Halloween

By Dr. Jeanne Keyes Youngson Baxter looked out his bedroom window at the street below. No kids in sight. Probably still eating supper, he thought. Turning to admire his costume, which was carefully laid out on the bed, he smoothed the red satin lining of the cape with his fingertips. …

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Pumpkin Hall of Horrors

The Pumpkin Hall of Horrors is a collection of pumpkin vignettes, little scenes acted out by one or more pumpkins. They might be as simple as a white pumpkin carved with vampire teeth and a mouth full of pumpkin gore, next to a frightened pumpkin that has seeds spilling out …

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Mystic Fortune Telling

Halloween and Fortune Telling Today, we do not have as much emphasis placed on fortune telling with the celebration of Halloween as once was the case. In the beginnings of the holiday in this country, fortune telling was one of the most important events. There weren’t Halloween parties and parades …

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Europe’s Spooky Places

By Roberta Beach Jacobson Europe feels a wee bit spooky now and then, you say? No, it’s not your imagination. The continent is filled with creepy, crawly things of all manner. Here are some of the ghoulish highlights: Skulls and Skeletons Due to lack of burial space, these skulls and …

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