Category Archives: Halloween

Please Don’t Feed the Ghosts

Hungry ghosts are a Buddhist concept, but they’ve spread into other East Asian religious traditions as well. The Sanskrit term for this kind of spirit is preta, which basically means “departed.” The Chinese name for them, èguǐ, means “hungry ghost,” … Continue reading

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Month of Macabre Movies

My wife is a big fan of horror movies, and while we watch them throughout the year, she particularly likes to concentrate on them just before Halloween. So here are the horror and horror-adjacent films we saw this October: Bride … Continue reading

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Rebel Without a Cosby

Bill Cosby is not as his most popular right now. Not only does he appear to be a serial rapist, but I have no evidence that he’s at all remorseful about it. Even just looking at his comedy, though, I … Continue reading

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Holiday for Sims

I’m now playing The Sims 3 with the Seasons expansion pack, and one thing that’s immediately obvious is how the holidays are given generic names instead of real-world ones. This does make a certain amount of sense, as they don’t … Continue reading

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Religion, Politics, and the Great Pumpkin

There’s a History Channel special called The Haunted History of Halloween that Beth videotaped years ago, and we often watch in October, at least when she can find the tape. This year, we found the same special On Demand, although … Continue reading

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Green Witch Village

The MGM movie of The Wizard of Oz popularized the idea of the Wicked Witch of the West having green skin, something she didn’t have in the book. And at this time of year, it’s common to see witches with … Continue reading

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A Pumpkin Under the Sea

The Pearl and the Pumpkin, by Paul Clarendon West and W. W. Denslow – After the success of a children’s book called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (perhaps you’ve heard of it), there were many attempts to recapture it. This … Continue reading

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