News Sir David Attenborough: 'I promised I would do something'

It's a theory that hasn't been proposed by politicians yet

Letters: Halloween 'killjoys'

Cruel tricks played on Halloween 'killjoys'

Halloween murder victims named

A man and woman who were stabbed to death in a bungalow in a "quiet" residential street were named by police today.

Halloween reveller 'beaten to death'

A man was beaten to death by a gang of thugs after confronting a thief who stole his girlfriend's Halloween hat.

A frightening 24 hours for thespians

On Halloween night an eclectic bunch of actors and writers gathered in the auditorium of London’s Old Vic theatre preparing to write, rehearse and perform six plays in 24 hours to raise cash for charity.

Laureate to help storytelling live happily ever after

New role created to boost oral literary tradition

Brian Viner: Team spirits from beyond the grave

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Boo! US schools put the frighteners on scary costumes for Halloween

Clampdown on cloaks, masks and weapons that could upset or offend

Strachan aims to get Middlesbrough off to a screamer

Gordon Strachan's first game in charge of Celtic could not have veered further off the rails, a 5-0 embarrassment by the unheralded Czech side Artmedia that, in the goldfish bowl of Glasgow football, raised immediate doubts over his tenure. He failed to win either of his debut games when at Coventry or Southampton, his other managerial stopovers, which cannot inspire those of a superstitious nature at this most supernatural time of year.

Trick or treat: Is Halloween another tacky American import or a bit of harmless fun that boosts the economy?

Heidi Scrimgeour explains why her children will be roaming the streets in scary costumes tonight

Carola Long: 'Deep-red lips are not an easy look to pull off – the wrong shade can leave one looking like an anaemic vampire'

There's a general consensus that opting for a sexy Halloween outfit is bad form. Dressing up as a Playboy cat or a 'Witches of Eastwick'-type sorceress rather than your more traditional green-faced cackling version is cheating. If you want respect, get gluing those Rice Krispie warts on now, or for the more artistic out there, try the ghoulish looks demonstrated by Mac on YouTube.

Treacle treat: Mark Hix's Halloween feast

I'm not a great one for celebrating Halloween – although obviously I love the variety of pumpkins and squashes that you find in the shops and supermarkets in the weeks preceding the festivities. Halloween is of course more geared towards children, who love donning fancy dress and carving out pumpkins – but where does that leave the grown-ups? Stuck at home, usually, answering the door to trick-or-treating kids ... So that's why this week I'm providing you with some warming Halloween recipes that you could share with your neighbours – in between dishing out bags of sweets.

London's Crossbones Graveyard is the setting for a very eerie Halloween celebration

For centuries it was the burial site of prostitutes and london's outcast dead. Now it is a place of pilgrimage and home to a strange Halloween celebration.

Radcliffe out to own New York

Briton confident injury will not hurt tomorrow's bid for hat-trick of marathon titles
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