Halloween: A Mystic and Eerie Significance
Despite the prevalence of tricks and spooky spirits in earlier years, the American commercial holiday didn’t develop until the middle of the twentieth century.
Why are Victorians the default haunted house, what do ghosts have to do with the imagination, and why do we like to be scared?
Do Vampires Really Exist?
And how would we know? Let's ask the Enlightenment.
A Very JSTOR Daily Costume Guide
Get inspired for Halloween with these hand-curated historical images from JSTOR's Open Community Collections!
How the Great Pumpkin Became Great
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."
Do We Have to Tell Them the House Is Haunted?
On the law and mythologies of haunting, from antiquity to today.
The Real Vampires of Europe
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?
Herbs & Verbs: How to Do Witchcraft for Real
Like for real real.
Trick or Treat Sadists: A Halloween Urban Legend
Are there a group of trick or treat sadists poisoning the candy they distribute on Halloween?
The Origins of Halloween
Halloween history and ethnography.