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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
On Monday's podcast, Sarah and I got to wear our English major hats - our favorite chapeaux of all. In honor of Halloween, we talked about a little ghost story competition that gave us both "Frankenstein" and the vampire. Wednesday's podcast brought us Marie Laveau, voodoo queen, a person Sarah and I had a devil of a time researching. The legend of Marie Laveau speaks of a 20-foot snake named Zombie and powerful magic that could make people crawl on their bellies on the floor, disappear or fall in love.
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