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Great Gourds! Pumpkin Varieties and How to Use Them

If you’ve ever tried to grow a pumpkin or two, you know just how special this squash variety can be. Getting that perfect pumpkin, with the right shape, color and size, isn’t always easy. Luckily, more and more varieties are cropping up on the market between September and October. They’re …

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The Origins of Our Halloween Customs

Halloween is a festival that dates back over 2,000 years, with origins in Celtic celebrations marking the beginning of winter. Believed to be a night when the boundaries between the living and the dead world are blurred, this night of magic and mystical happenings is steeped in traditions and superstitions. …

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The Bloody History of the Queen Mary

Queen Mary Hauntings

When the Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage in 1936, she was the second largest cruise liner in the world, with almost twice the tonnage of the Titanic. Before the era of jet travel, luxury liners such as these were seen as the only way to travel in style, …

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8 Awesome Smartphone Apps for Halloween

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Halloween is such a great event and with the advent of smartphone apps you can enjoy your favorite parts of Halloween everywhere you go.  We tested dozens of apps and compiled a list of the 8 best ones we could find in terms of the most imagination and uniqueness. We hope you …

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Is Your Costume Offensive?

Every year there’s controversy over a certain Halloween costume, and this year it’s the “Illegal Alien.” The costume features an extra-terrestrial dressed in prison garb holding a green card (which is a legal document allowing you to work in this country, ha ha). If the pun is lost on some …

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Halloween Then and Now

Everything Old is New Again Ever wonder the origins of our modern-day Halloween? Our holiday represents a merging of ancient Celtic culture and 8th Century Catholicism. Pope Boniface IV designated the day as All Saints’ Day. The day was spent in honor of martyrs and saints of the Church. The …

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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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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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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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Ohio State Reformatory

Located in Mansfield, Ohio – One Spooky Place Touring any empty prison is an eerie experience, to be sure. Now enhance that experience by doing it at night with only flashlights to light your way down deserted corridors that resonate of prior inhabitants. Intensify it further by placing that tour …

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Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum

A Scary Place Located in Fall River, Massachusetts Fall River (MA) Our tour guides will be informing you of the history and mystery of each room during your tour of the house where the most infamous crime of 19th century America took place. We are providing this guide to assist …

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Harry Houdini Died on Halloween

The name Houdini is inextricably linked with Halloween because of his death on October 31, 1926 at Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. The Official Houdini Séance, held each year since his death, has its roots in Houdini’s efforts to expose fraudulent mediums. He claimed if there was truly a way …

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Halloween Fact or Fiction

Halloween Fact or Fiction: Halloween was originally a Celtic holiday celebrated on October 31. Fact: The ancient Celts celebrated the new year on November 1, the beginning of winter. Summer’s end (Samhain) was celebrated immediately before on October 31. Celtic priests, the Druids, established the night of October 31 as …

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