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Ghosts, ghouls, bats, spiders and vampires! Why is Halloween so popular? Read on for some great stories, facts, haunted places and anything else relating to Halloween!

The History of Trick-or-Treat

by Sheila Wheeler Ding Dong. “Trick-or-treat!” So begins the yearly procession of witches, vampires, movie stars and super heroes visiting door to door in search of candy and cookies. As with most traditions, trick-or-treating has evolved over centuries and is likely to continue to do so. Kids’ holiday? Good reason …

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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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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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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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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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Fangful Fantasy

A Halloween Book Review Fangful Fantasy: The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series Are you a secret Van Helsing fan? Do you watch “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” cheering her on…but secretly miss the darker style of Faith? Meet Anita Blake, vampire hunter. She lives in a slightly twisted version of modern-day …

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Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Children for Change During Halloween – Halloween Fundraiser For over 55 years, children have demonstrated their power to promote change through “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF,” which commenced in 1950 when a group of young Philadelphia trick-or-treaters, along with their pastor, began the tradition of knocking on doors for UNICEF on Halloween. …

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Halloween – Spiritualism

Mystics seeking answers. Women touching on empowerment. Charlatans lusting after easy money. Depending on your viewpoint, all of these people made up the spiritualist movement. Spiritualism is defined as “a system of religious beliefs centered on the assumption that communication with the dead, or spirits, is possible.” The movement took …

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Halloween Folk Art

During the past two decades folk and fine artists have quietly been whiling away the hours in their workshops creating masterpieces for Halloween fans. As quickly as they produce their wonderful works, they sell them to eagerly waiting hands. Many of these artists have become household names thanks to decorating …

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Munster Mansion

Texas Fan Builds Replica Home of TV’s The Munster’s Some Halloween fans are content to celebrate their favorite holiday once a year. Die-hard fans, however, find ways to keep the pumpkin flame burning all year long to feed their Halloween addiction. Some keep a few select collectibles on display year-round. …

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Movie Review: Pumpkin Man

A Halloween Family Classic Movie – Halloween Film My love for Halloween began as a child. The thrill of choosing a costume at the local dime store and then proudly parading around school in costume remains a favorite memory. When I was 11 my mother let me host a Halloween …

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Pirates of the Caribbean

The Ride at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Pirates of the Caribbean was developed in the late 1950s originally as as a walk-through wax museum at Disneyland that would have featured depictions of real pirates in static scenes. Luckily for us, Disney Imagineers utilized the technological breakthroughs to transform the …

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The Grinch Who Stole Halloween

Adapted by Steve Chavez a.k.a. Wraith Everyone in Boo-ville liked Halloween a lot… But the Grinch, who wrote for a newspaper, did NOT! The Grinch hated Halloween! The whole Halloween season! Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason. It could be his childhood just didn’t go …

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The Power of 13

13… what is Dr. Rochelle thinking?? Starting a new Halloween magazine on Friday the 13th…how unlucky! Have you ever stopped to wonder why people get so excited about the number 13? What exactly is the big deal? And indeed, it is a big deal. Millions of people worldwide suffer from …

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Hell, Michigan

A Little Town On It’s Way Up “Eternity in Hell” is a sentence of suffering for most. But not for John Colone. Eternity is just about the length of time it would reasonably take to put in place the thousands of ideas that spew from the mind of this former …

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October 31st – Strange Activities Going On

Advance Scout Xark reporting to High Council of Kaputnick. Study of Earth culture has yielded some surprising facts. Yesterday was the 31st of October by Earth calendars. My examination of the Earthlings' behavior and customs on this perfectly typical day revealed a number of strange and primitive customs that are difficult to comprehend.

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