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What to read this Halloween and beyond
Looking for a literary scare? Neil McRobert picks the must-read horror titles of the year so far

Neil McRobert

31, Oct, 2022 @2:30 PM

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Move over pumpkins! A swede, which looks like a preserved head dug up from a bog, is far more terrifying | Emma Beddington
I have memories of my stepfather carving them out in the 1980s – but they are not for the faint-hearted, writes Emma Beddington

Emma Beddington

31, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Go trick-or-treating this Halloween, and help bring Britain back from the undead | Paul Westmoreland
Halloween always seemed like a consumerist American import, but that all changed when we dressed up as zombies and knocked on our neighbours’ doors, says the author Paul Westmoreland

Paul Westmoreland

31, Oct, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Witch hunt: a Halloween trail through Scotland’s haunty past
Combining hard-hitting history and hands-on adventures, a new trail reveals stories of sorcery and the healing powers of nature

Rachel Dixon

31, Oct, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘Just too frightening’ – the most terrifying art, from horror films to haunted ruins and sinister songs
A bear-infested casino, a horse-drawn hearse, a humanoid stalker and the ghost of Mr Pipes who was eaten by his cats … in a Halloween special, Guardian critics pick their scariest ever work

Guardian writers

31, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Sometimes only a gummy bear treat does the trick
There are times for grown-up chocolates, but is Halloween one of them? By Annalisa Barbieri

Annalisa Barbieri

30, Oct, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Halloween is bad enough, so why torture ourselves with scary films? | Emma John
The best horror movies thrill us with fear and pity – just the catharsis Aristotle looked for in tragedy

Emma John

30, Oct, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Halloween brings back happy memories
Ghosts, pumpkins and cakes… Halloween is a time to look back at the many happy years we’ve spent growing together

Allan Jenkins

30, Oct, 2022 @6:15 AM

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Is Australia’s growing love of Halloween endangering our wildlife?
According to an online warning, decorations such as fake spiderweb ‘take a terrible toll’ on birds. We ask the experts how big a problem it is

Natasha May

29, Oct, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Trick or treat? Our love/hate relationship with a US-style Halloween | Letters
Letters: Readers recall the origins and simpler pleasures of Halloween celebrations, before the Americanisation of the festival


28, Oct, 2022 @4:49 PM

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I give in, I’m a Halloween convert. Australians need it as much as anyone | Van Badham
I’m ready to love the pumpkin, change out of my regular clothes and laugh at our inescapable mortality

Van Badham

28, Oct, 2022 @1:06 AM

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Maybe a Ghost Story review – Daniel Kitson scares up a sparkling Halloween yarn
The comedian is as spontaneous as ever in this unadorned show featuring a one-ghost campaign to rewild the sanitised customs of All Hallows Eve

Brian Logan

27, Oct, 2022 @3:01 PM

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