First Episode Vs. Last Episode: The Origins Of 15 Classic Halloween Staples

People put a lot of time and effort into their Halloween traditions, but few seem to know the lore behind them. Are mermaids really all that sexy? Would I even want a real angel in my outfield? Are broomsticks hiding some deeply disturbing secret that I don't want my kid finding out about? (Yes, very much so)

Here's how some of the more common, commercial expressions of spooky season have changed over the centuries:

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First Episode Vs. Last Episode: The Origins Of 15 Classic Halloween Staples

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First Episode Vs. Last Episode: The Origins Of 15 Classic Halloween Staples