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The fancy dress parade at Halloween never fails to impress. From killer clown to ‘warts and all’ witches, superheroes to dead celebrities, your local ‘trick or treaters’ are no doubt concocting their latest gruesome outfit already - inevitably involving a bed sheet, a pair of scissors and a whole heap of tomato ketchup.

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Fancy watching something a bit spooky to get you in the mood for Halloween? Here's our pick of ten recently released or revamped horror flicks to whiten those knuckles.

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Is the skull trend dead or alive?

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

Carola Long: Halloween – the festival of our times

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.

Ten places to celebrate Halloween in style

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.



Halloween horrors: Your guide for a ghoulish night in

<i>The IoS</i> presents 10 terrifying tales, and a storyteller advises how best to frighten your guests

The Lottery and Other Stories, By Shirley Jackson

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.

Guy Adams: Careful with those reality TV hopefuls

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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.

Can we learn from American schools?

Cutting and sticking? For six-year-olds? Kate McCann had doubts about the US system. Two years later, she's convinced English children start learning too young

&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.

Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding in zombie record challenge

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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