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A cultural history that reflects on the traditions that surround our final journey – to the coffin
Every year the subject of trick-or-treating arises at Halloween, but this year a story far more alarming has been added to the debate.
Chris Brown cannot catch a break, can he? First his pop career is derailed for all of two minutes by a domestic violence charge and now his taste in bad-taste Halloween costumes is being questioned by the media. That media!
A group of children going house to house trick or treating in Oldham were handed packets of cocaine instead of sweets on Halloween, Greater Manchester Police have said.
Halloween is getting sexier by the year and Eleanor Barkhorn at the Atlantic is fearful for the kids "Perhaps the most persistent argument that adults make against sexy Halloween is that women in revealing costumes are asking for trouble," she writes.
As parents carve pumpkins and children reach for the face paint ready to trick or treat, ever wondered where the traditions come from?
Brits buy in to spookiness, so bring on the pumpkins and trick-or-treating.
Celebrate the season today at the 30th Autumn Festival and Apple Pressing event, which takes place at the Sharpham Estate (01803 732542; sharphamtrust.org; free) between 11am and 4pm. The 18th-century Palladian villa overlooking the River Dart at Ashprington provides a fine setting for this celebration of the apple harvest. But, thanks to the poor weather, the organisers need a little help this year, so take your own windfalls for turning into juice to help boost the estate's slim pickings. There'll also be an Apple Olympics and live music.
I really like it up here. If Britain was a house, then Scotland is this beautiful airy loft with hills in it. And catching the train is like climbing the stairs. Climbing the stairs from London for four-and-half hours, after which your legs would be well achey, but the view is worth it.
Emma Stone didn't know about 'Spider-Man' before signing up to star in it.
Mike Mills tells the story of an older man revealing his true sexuality with a pleasing mix of melancholia and whimsy, aided by Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor
"Ann Widdecombe is up for a laugh and seems to be enjoying herself. She is being very entertaining – light entertainment harms no one."
We're off to Durham for 'The Last Supper' and to the Midlands for a shocking night
Dress up one child bride of Frankenstein, add a smattering of skeletons and several pint-sized Satans and what do you get? At first glance, it's a devilishly well-dressed Halloween party. But All-Hallows Eve doesn't have a monopoly on celebrating the supernatural: Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is Mexico's raucous yet poignant annual remembrance of lost friends and relatives, set over the first two days of November – and British photographer Will Sanders has been shooting it for the past three years.
Come one, come all to the Jack O'Lantern, the pub where punters go missing in the most suspicious of circumstances...