Vampire bats form social bonds similar to human friendships – and they're good friends to those in need.
While some conservative Christians view Halloween as "devil worship", finding a way to honour the dead is an important tradition in our generally death-denying society.
Wherever and whenever ghost stories materialise, they tend to tap into the things we fear most.
Putting healthy foods at the centre of your family's diet every day and on special occasions means taking the edge off excessive intake of sugary and fatty foods once in a while.
Fear of a disease that seemed to turn people into beasts might have inspired belief in supernatural beings that live on in today's creepy Halloween costumes.
The right age for an unsupervised Halloween is highly debatable, but it's something parents should carefully consider. Some reasonable risk is important for development.
Halloween is yet another holiday that has become a mere ritual of America's very conspicuous consumption.
The 1918-1919 flu claimed millions of lives worldwide. Could it also have given birth to the viral zombie?
The human scream – a response we share with our primate relatives – is more nuanced than you might think.
Which candies count as candy in the eyes of the tax law? The answer often depends on one ingredient.
In the early 1970s, rumors about poisoned candy on Halloween led to mass paranoia. A historian explains why such fears emerge – and what, in reality, feeds them.
Powerful men often proclaim baseless accusations to be a 'witch hunt.' But American witch trials have always targeted a persecuted minority: women.
Here are some treats you don't have to ring Halloween doorbells for.
How Romans overcame their fear of witches by finding them funny.
A Mr Darcy Halloween costume anyone? How the brooding hero of Pride and Prejudice has been reinvented as a vampire.
Maker culture--a worldwide movement of do-it-yourselfers who tinker with disruptive technologies--have come together to build and design a Halloween costume perfect for kids using wheelchairs.
The earliest surviving example of man-to-wolf transformation is found in The Epic of Gilgamesh, from around 2,100 BC. But the werewolf as we now know it first appeared in ancient Greece and Rome.
We love to be scared by creepy movies. But fear has other uses too. It can be used negatively by politicians to control us, but can also be a tool to harness internal change.
The holiday used to be all about trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. No more – and it could something to do with the fact that traditional markers of adulthood have changed.
Ghost stories are often about the departed seeking justice for an earthly wrong. Their sightings are a reminder that ethics and morality transcend our lives.