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In which country did Halloween originate? Ireland Which Catholic Church holiday is Halloween linked to? All Saints (Hallows) Day What was the name of Dracula’s sidekick? Renfield From which words did ‘bonfire’ originate? Bone and Fire What does the name Dracula mean? Son of the Devil What was Dracula’s real name? Vlad the Impaler Who was the first actor to play Wolf Man? LonChaney Which phobia means you have an intense fear of Halloween? Samhainophobia Out of which vegetable were Jack O’ Lanterns originally made? Turnips Every Halloween, Charlie Brown helps his friend Linus wait for what character to appear?...

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Witchy woman???

Historically-rooted misogyny led many to believe that women were somehow more susceptible to the dark arts or temptation by the Devil, and therefore more likely to be witches. Countless women and men were indiscriminately persecuted for witchcraft throughout history. In the Würzburg Witch Trial, which stretched from 1626 to 1631, 157 men, women, and children were burned at the stake for such random reasons as allegedly humming songs with the Devil to being a vagrant unable to give an explanation as to why they were passing through the town of Würzburg.

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Burn the Witch!

Most Witches were never burned at the stake. The most common images of the Witches depict a hysteric group of villagers chanting " BURN THE WITCH!!! " while they surround the guilty party on a burning pyre. During the Salem Witch Trials no one was ever recorded as " burned to death". Most parties who either confessed or were found guilty were hanged. With the exception of Giles Corey, who was pressed to death.

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Occult Fashion

We saw it in the 90's, and now it's back and bigger than ever! Alternative clothing brands such as Dolls Kill, Killstar & Blackcraft are merging modern day street style, with occult symbolism. Although this trend has spread like wildfire, it does raise a few eyebrows among the fashion community. "Is it respectful to wear symbols borrowed from other cultures and spiritual movements?"The biggest reason behind this is the assumption that the symbols are being used for "decoration" without the wearer having any knowledge of what the symbols actually means. As the designer it is always best to do some...

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October 29, 1692

In a six-month period starting in January 1692 authorities in Salem, Massachusetts, accused over 100 men and women of witchcraft.  Nineteen were convicted and hung at Gallows Hill, and one, Giles Corey, was pressed to death under a pile of stones. Five women accused Mr. Corey of witchcraft in April 1692. He either did not enter a plea or pleaded “not guilty,” but he never agreed to submit to a trial, to “put himself on the country.” No court convicted him of witchcraft, but because he did not submit to a trial, the court sentenced him to peine forte et dure, and crushed him to death in September...

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