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  • Mustard Seeds
    Vampire folklore: Four common seeds that were used to fight vampires
    Okay, we all know how vampires are allergic to garlic, the sunlight, holy water, but what about seeds? While you won't really seeing people believing in vampires now, back then that was kind of a different story. The belief in vampires,...
  • Monster of the Week Tiyanak
    Monster of the Week: The Tiyanak of the Philippines
    Found in the western Pacific Ocean, The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands. Filipinos were influenced by the Spanish, beginning with the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Although the predominant religion in the country is Roman...
  • Persimmon Seed
    The signs say heavy snow and cold weather for Kansas City
    The rabbits, cats and dogs in the Kansas City area have a noticeably heavy coat right now – according to folklore heavier coats on any of our animal friends indicates very cold wet weather coming soon. But that is not the only way to predict...
  • Ghost costumes are popular since they can be easily made out of sheets.
    3 things associated with ghosts
    Of all the characters and creatures associated with Halloween, ghosts are arguably the most famous of all. Ghost stories have abounded for centuries and accounts of hauntings have appeared in nearly every single culture and society. For these...
  • Monsters come in a wide array of shapes and sizes. Some can even be friendly--like those from "Monsters Inc."
    3 things associated with monsters
    Monsters are among the most famous characters associated with Halloween. Depicted as creatures of various shapes, colors, and sizes, monsters have become some of Halloween’s most notable characters. In movies, monsters have been depicted as...
  • Mummies are actual bodies of dead Ancient Egyptians. Many are on display in museums.
    3 things associated with mummies
    Mummies are among the most famous characters associated with Halloween. Often depicted as bandaged zombies, mummies have carved a place for themselves in pop-culture and subsequently become one of Halloween’s most notable characters. One of...
  • Vampires--sometimes called Dracula--feed on humans.
    3 things associated with vampires
    As October 31st approaches many stores and houses are displaying decorations that feature some of the most iconic Halloween-related imagery. Vampires are among the most famous characters associated with Halloween. Often depicted as pale, cape...
  • Witches are popular Halloween costumes!
    3 things associated with witches
    As Halloween approaches many stores and houses have decorations displayed that feature some of the most iconic spooky imagery. Witches are among the most famous characters associated with Halloween. Often depicted as green-skinned old women who...
  • La Malinche and Hernan Cortez
    La Llorona: Scorned Woman, Veiled Goddess, and Carrier of Latina History
    Hell hath no fury…The scorned woman who marries above her station and eventually sacrifices her children when she is rejected in favor of a more socially acceptable mate is a seemingly borderless folk motif that is as old as romantic...
  • Fishing
    13 superstitions for the superstitious fishermen
    Feeling a little fishy? Feeling a little superstitious? If you answered yes, then good because we're looking at 13 superstitions that look at the activity. If you're wondering why you aren't catching the big ones, maybe these...
  • Winterfrost book cover
    'Winterfrost' book review
    New out from Candlewick Press is a delightful book by Michelle Houts called “Winterfrost.” “Winterfrost” is an enchanting fairy story about a twelve year old Danish girl named Bettina, who must embark on a magical journey...
  • The Harlequin
    Monster of the Week: ‘The Harlequin’
    Similar to The Slender Man, The Harlequin is a mysterious creature that some say is just an urban legend. However, there are more and more reports encountering this entity, making it possible that it may actually be some type of supernatural...
  • I Want to Believe: Urban Legends
    I Want to Believe: Urban Legends
    Folklore and American urban legends have made the rounds of the landscape of our fifty states for more years than one would imagine. These tales have staying power—imprinting the fabric of our imagination as a good spooky story gradually...
  • Cooking with superstitions: Ten cooking superstitions
    Cooking with superstitions: Ten cooking superstitions
    Get your chef's hat out because we're going to look at ten superstitions that deal with cooking. Like everything even the activity of baking bread or baking a cake has some weird superstition about it. If you're curious on what those...
  • Winter, according to the Almanac
    What will winter be like this year? Check out the woolly bears
    According to Live Science on Thursday, the 2015 edition of the Farmers Almanac hit the shelves on August 25th, and the news is disheartening for all those hoping for a mild and balmy winter this year.The 200-year old Almanac is calling for below...