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The History of Halloween Candy

Candy and Halloween go hand-in-hand, but when did candy become the standard for trick-or-treating, and who invented the holiday's most famous sweet treats like candy corn?

Ghosts of History: A Haunted House Tour

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, the tragic histories behind some homes are enough to send a chill down your spine. In this episode, we look into the real stories behind five historic houses that are believed to be haunted. Tune in to learn more.

A Brief History of Trick-or-Treating

Before children went door-to-door, Celts kept out evil spirits during the festival of Samhain. Halloween evolved over time, but trick-or-treating didn't emerge until the 20th century. Join Sarah and guest host Cristen as they trace Halloween's history.

Author Interview: Jason Surrell and The Haunted Mansion

To celebrate the Halloween season with a little Disney flair, Holly chatted with the author of 'The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic' about the beloved theme park attraction and balancing history and innovation.

SYMHC Classics: He Was Killed by Mesmerism

We're revisiting a 2010 Halloween episode from Sarah and Katie. Today, Franz Mesmer is hailed as the father of hypnosis. His original pursuit was called mesmerism, but what exactly was it? How did it (supposedly) work?

The Birth of Frankenstein and the Vampyre

With Halloween looming, Sarah and Katie travel back in time to explore the historic challenge that led to the creation of Frankenstein and the vampiric Lord Ruthven. Tune in to learn more about the birth of these intentionally horrific creatures.

Show Notes: The Bell Witch

We're beginning our Halloween episodes for the year with the oft-requested Bell Witch. There's just one trick: Some of her history is definitely made up.

Orson Welles and the War of the Worlds

In 1938 Orson Welles produced a series of radio dramas, including one based on “War of the Worlds.” The broadcast aired the night before Halloween and caused a mass panic. But why did so many listeners believe the show was real? Tune in to find out.

Show Notes: Sweeney Todd

It's the latest in our series of "Who was the real ... ?" episodes - this time, we're primed for Halloween with a tale of demon barbers and hapless customers made into meat pies. Today we're taking a look at the story of Sweeney Todd, starting with its penny dreadful origins (and possibly real-life roots).

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