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By Carol OMeara
Colorado State University Extension Boulder County 

Halloween mythconceptions

 

October 27, 2021

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Photo by The Halloween jack o'lantern comes from an Irish folktale where a turnip rather than a pumpkin played the key role.

Halloween horrors aren't always connected to the spirits of the dead, even though the ancient holiday is. Some of the spookiest creatures on the planet are products of human imagination trying to explain the workings of Mother Nature, or using Mother Nature to nefarious ends. A quick look at the history of some myths and misconceptions shines a light on frightful tales.

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