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From the Snopes Archives: Spooky Legends, Halloween Candy Rumors — and More

Here's a peek into our archive of stories about goblins, ghosts, black cats, tainted candy, and other Halloween horrors.

Published Oct 5, 2022

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Halloween, a secular holiday with roots in both ancient superstition and medieval Christian traditions focused on death and the afterlife, is fertile ground for scary rumors and legends. It goes without saying it's our favorite holiday. 

For this collection, we've dipped into the Snopes archive and assembled a grab bag of Halloween goodies, old and new — such as the reasons why we wear costumes or go trick-or-treating; our investigation into the history of the jack o' lantern and how it (supposedly) got its name; and the origins of moral panics surrounding the alleged tainting of Halloween candy with poison, drugs, or foreign objects, and why they persist.

Halloween may be the scariest holiday of the year, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the lore. Ghosts and goblins aren't real. Witches only exist in fairy tales. Put on your "sexy Freddy Krueger" costume and let's go trick-or-treating!

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jack o lantern origin
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Flare, Light, Plant
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Halloween on campus
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Tales of black-hearted madmen doling out poisoned Halloween candy to unsuspecting little tykes have been around for decades — they were part of my Halloween experience more than forty years ago.
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Pins and razors and needles in Halloween candy is the subject of this story.
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pink teddy bear ecstasy warning
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Clown purge on Halloween
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Weapon, Weaponry, Bomb
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halloween gang initiation
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Halloween candy purchases
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A woman seduces her husband at Halloween party, then finds out he switched costumes with someone else.
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Blood rave in Amsterdam
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David Emery is a Portland-based writer and editor with 25 years of experience fact-checking rumors, hoaxes, and contemporary legends.

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