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HALLOWEEN’S ORIGIN IN CELTIC FOLKLORE

Before we carved pumpkins, we carved turnips; and before we went trick-or-treating, we went ‘souling’ (a practice in which the living sought – not lollies or chocolate – but as many prayers as possible for the dead).

  • Modern-day Halloween is known as an American holiday yet it origins lay across the pond. Dr Kate Cantrell, English Literature and Creative Writing (teaching Gothic Stories) says an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain was held every year on November 1 to welcome in the harvest and ward off lurking spirits.

TOP 13 MOVIES TO MAKE YOUR BLOOD RUN COLD

Halloween or not, people love scary movies. It (2017) grossed almost $19 million in Australia alone, and its 2019 sequel scared more than $10m out of Aussie audiences. But what is the scariest movie of all time?

  •  Film guru Dr Daryl Sparkes has listed his favourite spook-tacular movie options for all ages, including his top scariest films of all time.

FROM ANCIENT GREEK TO ‘SAW 9’ – THE HISTORY OF HORROR THROUGH PERFORMANCE

Horror performances throughout the ages have existed in many forms: Gothic, macabre, slasher, supernatural, zombie, or science fiction. Why do audiences love to be shocked, and what does the history of horror tell us about ourselves (fears, interests and needs)?

  • Associate Lecturer (theatre studies) Marcus Oborn says that these stories tell of the dark capacity of humans, and that there's something both equally fascinating and disturbing about that capacity.

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