Get into the Halloween spirit with our best stories on the holiday, which include a look into the Salem witch trials and the obsession with Satanism in nineteenth-century France. No tricks, only treats: all stories contain free links to the supporting academic research on JSTOR. Happy Halloween!
The origins of Linus's pumpkin deity, who "rises out of the pumpkin patch and flies through the air and brings toys to all the children in the world."
The banquet hall was painted black from ceiling to floor. By the pale flicker of grave lamps, the invited senators coud make out a row of tombstones.
Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg's eight-volume history contained stories of the living dead—and, he believed, proof of the Christian resurrection.
On the law and mythologies of haunting, from antiquity to today.
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Are there a group of trick or treat sadists poisoning the candy they distribute on Halloween?
Halloween poses questions for parents, like how scary is too scary for their kids? The answer depends on when we ask the question.
In general, a vampire is a malicious spirit or soul of the deceased who is not confined to the grave. Where did the idea come from?
Halloween history and ethnography.
Looking into the underlying causes of the Salem Witch Trials in the 17th century.
Quick: Picture a haunted house. It's probably a Victorian mansion, right? Here's how these structures became signifiers of horror, haunting, and death.
Nearly 1.5 billion tickets to horror movies were sold in 2015 alone. But why do we love being scared so much?
An essay from poet Dorothea Lasky on poetry, ghosts, and the shared imagination.
How did some of the most illustrious names of fin de siècle French literature end up in a newspaper battle over witchcraft and evil spirits?
Exploring the Celtic origins of everyone's favorite harvest holiday celebrating thresholds between life and death.
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