Most candy is basically just a heap of sugar.
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A healthy diet can include some candy. But if you eat too much, it can interfere with your appetite for the stuff your body actually needs.
A painting by John Anster Fitzgerald who was well known for his work featuring fairies.
The ‘Disneyfication’ of fairies has helped us forget their darker origins.
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Top tips to keep your canine friends safe and happy at Halloween.
For many witches, the internet offers a community and the opportunity to practice with like-minded people.
Beyond the fairy tales, mythical stories and stereotypes, there are many ways to be a witch.
If a friend seems to be immune to your spooky, ghost story this Halloween, ask them if they can see the story unfold in their mind’s eye.
Whatever costume you wear, put on your ‘sorting hat’ after trick-or-treating to help children lay the foundation for higher-level mathematics.
Early exposure to everyday math at home predicts children’s school mathematics outcomes.
When Spain first imported chocolate, the medical community was concerned about the drink and its potential side effects.
From devil to potion to miracle drug, chocolate’s arrival in Europe was a wild ride.
From the indie to the blockbuster, Halloween viewing recommendations whatever your taste.
Spirit photograph by William Hope, taken around 1920.
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Today viewers may be preoccupied by the methods used by spirit photographers, but spirit photographs had a notable impact on the bereaved who commissioned the portraits.
Death waits for no man – and pandemics drive the point home.
Pieter Brueghel the Elder: 'The Triumph of Death'
Halloween, with its mix of the macabre and the playful, provides a moment to reflect on how closely life and death are interwoven – especially in 2021.
Northern European folklore had different ways of referring to distant lights known to spontaneously appear on peatlands, including will-o’-the-wisp, and the more familiar jack-o’-lantern.
Peatlands have been central to how northern European folklore has explored fear and a sense of the supernatural for hundreds of years. Their persistence is also key to slowing down climate change.
The ‘Malleus Maleficarum,’ a medieval handbook, was used to try and execute supposed witches. Its influence lasted for centuries – including at the Salem Witch Trials.
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Witch trials relied on a medieval text called the “Malleus Maleficarum” – a book this reference librarian can hold in her hands.
The Rev. Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary does a ritual of remembrance at the grave of a Wiccan soldier killed in Afghanistan.
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Samhain will be particularly poignant this year for Wiccans who are members or veterans of the US military as they process the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
Perfumes, potions and witches have been entwined for centuries.
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Scent and magic have been entwined in our imaginations for centuries – right up to today’s witch-inspired perfumes.
Experts give trick-or-treating the green light this year.
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There’s no need to pull out the candy catapult this year, but a few reasonable precautions can keep COVID-19 transmissions in check.
Modern vampires like Dracula may be dashing, but they certainly weren’t in the original vampire myths.
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The past century’s vampires have often been a bit dashing, even romantic. That’s not how the myth started out.
While death may be a given, the certainty of taxes on candy depends on the state.
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Whether you pay tax on your Halloween treat supply depends on which state you live in and how it defines candy.
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.