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It's Halloween all year round among top designers, reports Annie Deakin

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It's now a typically modern, pick-and mix, do-it-yourself sort of celebration

Parents angry after E.coli farm reopens for Halloween

The petting farm at the centre of an E.coli outbreak that left several children seriously ill and more than 90 people reporting symptoms of the infection, has reopened despite a storm of criticism from parents.

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Halloween has its roots in Samhain, an ancient Gaelic festival roughly meaning “summer’s end”. During this time, it was believed that the divide between the living and dead became thin, allowing spirits to pass between the two worlds, hence the need to ward off evil whilst welcoming ancestral spirits home.



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When Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" was first published in the New Yorker in 1948, it caused several hundred readers to cancel their subscriptions. Now a classroom classic, this chilling parable about ritual murder in an isolated New England community no longer feels subversive, just delightfully odd.

Brian Viner: 'If I was going to jump out of a plane, I'd avoid Friday 13 and Halloween'

Our 16-year-old daughter Eleanor announced to us a couple of weeks ago that she intended to do a sky-dive in aid of a Hereford-based charity called Concern Universal. We blithely assumed that this was a vague ambition for sometime in the middle-distant future, but then she casually added that it was all fixed for 31 October. Now, if I was going to jump out of a plane then there are probably two dates I'd avoid: Friday 13, and Halloween. Yet she is resolute. In fact she'll probably ask if she can carry a broomstick, just to make the pictures better for her Facebook page.

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&pound;45 movie set for cinema release

A film made for just £45 is to be released in cinemas across the country after finding a distributor, it was announced today.

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Comedian Noel Fielding is to take part in an attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of zombies, it was announced today.

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