The Black Vampyre is an early literary example of an argument for emancipation of slaves.
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A tale of vampirism would have been shocking to readers at the time if was published, not because of its monsters, but its politics.
A year ago, face masks were a rarity in Australia. But social researchers say there is evidence of a growing acceptance of this simple object.
Witches have a long history dating back to Ancient Rome. This print from 1815 is by British engraver Edward Orme.
The role of witches in society relates directly to the role of women in society. And during times of social upheaval and changes, witches represent access to women’s power.
Witch-identified folks are sharing spells online in an act of magical resistance in advance of the U.S. election.
As the U.S. election approaches, various groups have mobilized to vote. But witches have taken it a little further, organizing online spellcasting meet-ups to engage in magical resistance.
A home in New York decorated for 2020 Halloween.
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For members of the minority religion of Wicca and witchcraft – part of contemporary paganism – Halloween is not just a children’s holiday: It is both a celebration and acceptance of death.
From village healers to global brands, witches have long cast their spells over commercial transactions.
The process of turning a newly dead animal into a bony skeleton relies on an explosion of life that ushers in decomposition.
Nutrients and energy contained within dead animals are repurposed and repackaged into living, breathing insects.
Filmmaker George Romero at the premiere of ‘Survival of the Dead’ in 2010.
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Now that the whole world is echoing Romero’s films, everyone can learn from his legacy.
Black licorice gets its distinctive flavor from licorice root.
Who knew that black licorice had a dark side? A scientist explains when this treat becomes a threat.
Children can use preferences for leverage.
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When deciding whether others should make trades, children may consider who likes what.
‘The Craft: Legacy,’ to be released this fall, is a remake of the 1996 teen witch film ‘The Craft’ and suggests the continued relevance of punk and goth influences for rebellious teens. Here, detail from the 2020 poster.
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Some horror films explore women’s struggles for empowerment, sexual freedom and self-fulfilment. Six movies show the ghost, bride, mother, vampiress, witch and monster as guises of vengeful women.
Staying safe this Halloween means following a few simple rules.
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There are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday without trick-or-treating, but you still need to make sure you are socially distancing and wearing a mask – and not just one for Halloween.
If your family has decided to trick-or-treat or give out candy, you’ll want to sit down with your kids and lay some ground rules that take the pandemic into consideration.
Experts in child development and infectious disease help parents make informed decisions about Halloween and provide tips for communicating with children effectively.
You can still enjoy some of the fun of Halloween celebrations this year, and stay safe. It helps to look back at the origins of some of the spooky traditions.
A street painting in Bucharest, Romania, depicts Bram Stoker, right, the author of Dracula, sharing a drink with Vlad the Impaler, left, the medieval Romanian ruler who inspired the book.
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Did vampires ever really exist? The myth is likely related to a medical condition with symptoms that may explain many elements of centuries-old vampire folklore.
Looks can be deceiving…
Vampire bats form social bonds similar to human friendships – and they’re good friends to those in need.
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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.
Throughout history, spirits - like this one from the film A Ghost Story - have had a knack for reflecting our greatest fears.
Wherever and whenever ghost stories materialise, they tend to tap into the things we fear most.
Sustainable eating and living can bring family joy and pleasure.
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.
A rabid dog’s bite can make a person seem to have animal characteristics.
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.