October 31, 2013
Happy Halloween from The Atlantic!

In honor of today’s spooky, candy-filled festivities, here’s a collection of some of our best Halloween-themed articles. Have an eerie day!
When Cameras Took Pictures of Ghosts: When photography was new, people used it to suggest the endurance of the departed. 
Global Ghosts: 7 Tales of Specters from Around the World: In Nordic countries, ghosts pinch you and cause a plague-like disease, but in Japan, they just want you to tell them they’re pretty.
When Governments Go After Witches: In some parts of the world, being suspected of sorcery can result in harsh sentences.
Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves: How the country’s history and geography created the perfect setting for magical creatures, whose perceived existence sparks environmental protests to this day. 
What Vampire Graves Tell Us About Ancient Superstitions: Hundreds of years ago, ignorance about decomposition and disease sparked fears that the dead returned to drink the blood of the living.
Martians at the Halloween Sock Hop: Photos of Bizarre Vintage Costumes: Aliens, gnomes, and assorted food items made trendy costumes way back when.
In Lieu of Candy, Woman Handing Out This Letter That Says Child Is Fat: Unsolicited neighborhood judgment is not how childhood obesity is best addressed.
A Profoundly Horrifying Reinvention of Dorian Gray: For Halloween, check out this creepy portrayal of immortal man’s descent into depression and hedonism.
[Image: William Hope/National Media Museum Collection]

Happy Halloween from The Atlantic!

In honor of today’s spooky, candy-filled festivities, here’s a collection of some of our best Halloween-themed articles. Have an eerie day!

[Image: William Hope/National Media Museum Collection]

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