BOO! Are you scared yet?
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.
By Matthew Wills
Anthropologists dig their fangs into the history and ritual of the holiday—a blend of Celtic festival, Christian holiday, and modern consumerism.
By Vicki Saxon
A look into the economic and physiological theories behind the mass hysteria, false accusations, and lapses in due process.
By Erin Blakemore
It all comes down to a careful balance between hedonism and control.
By Dorothea Lasky
An essay from poet Dorothea Lasky, featuring Hall & Oates, Emily Dickinson, The Shining, and Kierkegaard.
By Tara Isabella Burton
How some of the most illustrious names of fin de siècle French literature ended up in a newspaper battle over witchcraft and evil spirits.
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