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The History of Halloween

The clock chimes. It is 6:00 pm on October 31st. Children rush out the door, dressed to the nines as ghouls and goblins. They swoop down on neighborhoods that are armed and ready; armed with candy...

Traditional Halloween Divination Games from Ireland

Halloween history has always had a spiritual element. In Ireland and other northern European countries, it was believed that the future and past existed in the present during Halloween night. This...

Four Reasons to Celebrate Halloween Differently

Do you dread spending this Halloween running the trick-or-treat circuit in your neighborhood or at the local mall? Did you know that many nature centers, museums, and other educational attractions...

13 Facts About Frankensteins Monster

Take some dead body parts. Stitch them together. Add one mad scientist, and toss in a lightning bolt for good measure. What do you get? The Frankenstein monster! Alternately portrayed as both a...

13 Facts About Chupacabras

The Chupacabra, also known as a Mexican Goat Sucker, is a recent addition to the world of cryptozoology. Those who have seen the creatures firsthand describe them in very different ways. Some...

13 Facts About the Grim Reaper

As spooky sights go, a glimpse of the Grim Reaper is enough to send a shiver down most spines. He is Death personified, and his scythe is legendary for severing our souls from our bodies at the...

13 Facts About Werewolves

Things can get pretty hairy when a werewolf is involved. A classic Halloween icon, the werewolf plays well with others most of the time. But when their inner beast emerges, look out! Here are...

13 Facts About Vampires

Almost every culture in the world has its own vampire legend, and some date back thousands of years. Today, Americans are most familiar with Count Dracula and other folklore from Eastern Europe. In...

Tips for Choosing Your Child's Halloween Costume

Halloween is a wonderful holiday. The ghost stories, the pumpkin carving, the copious amounts of candy. The best part is being able to dress in an outrageous costume without getting funny looks....

The Origins of Halloween

The Halloween celebration we enjoy today are closely tied to historical events dating back for hundreds of years. Halloween's roots can be traced back for several centuries to the ancient Celtic...

The Ways of Irish Ballybogs

As the stories go, the Irish Ballybogs are fascinating creatures who lived long ago in the Cornish and Welsh lands. Indeed, they lived in northern England and the Isle of Man as well. The Irish...

The Giant's Causeway

In County Antrim, Northern Ireland, a bridge disappears into the sea only a short distance from the shore. Thousands of tourists flock to the area to walk across the remains. A bridge that serves...

The Gaelic Paranormal: A Review of Ireland's Most Mysterious Sites

Ireland is a land long steeped in history, with a strong tradition of story and superstition. From fairy forts to ghost riders, the paranormal has always had a place in Irish culture, and its most...

Ireland, Leprechauns, and the Blarney Stone

St. Patrick's Day comes round but once a year on March 17. Although a few of the more popular bits and pieces of Irish lore seem to be known by many, quite a bit more is hidden away. Even those who...

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