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For many parents, it’s the haul of gummy worms, licorice, chocolate bars and other high-sugar candies that their kids bring home - not the ghouls and zombies - that is terrifying about Halloween. (Shutterstock)

How to avoid a Halloween sugar disaster

Halloween is upon us, and the sugar is horrible for your kids' teeth and health. But fear not -- there are things parents can do to lessen the impact of the candy binge.
Including community members as participants and co-creators of the Dragon of Shandon is central to the festival’s success. OpenLens.ie/Dragon of Shandon

A dragon-led recovery: how a community is reaping the benefits of a spooky Halloween festival

Urban festivals built on community involvement can reinvigorate places and create a shared sense of place and purpose that lasts long after the event is over.
Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” is a scary representation of Puritan life in the 17th century. (The Witch, A24 Films, 2016)

Why ‘The Witch’ is the scariest historical film ever

Robert Eggers’ indie film The Witch brilliantly chronicles Puritan life in the 1630s. Horror soon ensues as children disappear into the woods and one girl, Thomasina, is accused of witchcraft.
Scary pumpkins are the least of what frightens us at Halloween, a day devoted to being frightened. asife/Shutterstock.com

The science of fright: Why we love to be scared

We may pretend that we do not like fear, but Halloween proves otherwise. Many of us enjoy being scared. But why?
Brad Loree in Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Dimension Films/idmb

Halloween films: the good, the bad and the truly scary

Spooky ghosts, rampaging rock gods, an escaped killer dressed as a clown: Halloween has inspired an array of creepy cinematic classics. Here's our list of those to watch - and avoid.

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