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Halloween Information Sources: They're Baaaaack!
Posted On October 25, 2022
Samhain. All Saints’ Eve. All Hallows’ Eve. Halloween. These are names by which the upcoming holiday is known. You know the one I mean. The Headless Horseman. The Sanderson sisters. Jack Skellington. Michael Myers. October 31 belongs to them.

Last year, I wrote “A Ghoul-ection of Halloween Information Sources,” which gathered the internet’s best podcasts, histories, government resources, and more on the subject of scaredom. But what if you’re not merely studying this night of fright? What if you’re—gulp—trying to survive it?

Here are a few sites that will ensure you are no Hallo-weenie.


Ghosts are as central to Halloween as turkeys are to Thanksgiving, pineapples are to Hawaii, and the F-word is to Quentin Tarantino. Most people love a good ghost story. Of course, hearing about a ghost is not nearly as exciting as seeing one. Here are a few resources for all you aspiring ghost hunters.

Paranormal Phenomena

You can’t bust, bag, grab, nab, or otherwise incapacitate an otherworldly entity without knowing precisely what that entity is. The Paranormal Phenomena research guide from Bridgewater State University’s Maxwell Library is a godsend (devilsend?) in that regard. It links to the Parapsychological Association, the Rhine Research Center (“Bridging the Gap Between Science and Spirituality”), and more.

Ghost-Hunting for Dummies Cheat Sheet

REM Pod. Infrared motion detectors. EVP recording device. Ovilus. These are a few of the things you’ll need to be a sui generis ghost hunter, found at the Ghost-Hunting for Dummies Cheat Sheet. You’ll discover a lot more in the full book Ghost-Hunting for Dummies by Zak Bagans—the host and executive producer of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures—as well as a few existential topics, such as the different types of haunting.

12 Paranormal Investigators Who Would Never Ghost You

Every industry has its celebs. You’ve already heard about Zak Bagans, who along with Ghost Adventures co-star Aaron Goodwin has been sussing out spirits for 14 years. Other stars on the 12 Paranormal Investigators Who Would Never Ghost You list come from shows such as Ghost Brothers, Ghost Nation, and the subtly titled Portals to Hell.

Ghostbusters International

You could search for spooks on your own. Or you could do it as a Ghostbuster. All you need to do is get together a group of friends, choose a name (Raleigh Ghostbusters, for example), sew some uniforms, knock out a website, and boom! You could be a licensed Ghostbusters franchise with Ghostbusters International. Officially licensed? Unclear. Don’t tell Columbia Pictures, just to be safe. (I once interviewed a Ghostbusters franchisee. It was … something.)


Ghosts, of course, are only one category of creatures that cause us concern. There are many others. Some repel us; some intrigue us. All are worthy of study, if for no other reason than that the greatest fear of all is of the unknown. Here, then, are a few more educational resources.

Emily Pinigis, The Pitt News

“Being a Witch while attending university can be especially challenging at times,” wrote Emily Pinigis, recent graduate, back when she was finishing up her studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her blog, Pittchcraft, was a cauldron of reflections, advice, and other bits of wisdom for her fans—especially the ones who, like her, need a little extra power at times.

‘How to Become a Necromancer—For Fun and Profit’

A necromancer is someone who raises the dead, not in a Castiel-bringing-Dean-back-from-Hell way (Supernatural fans know what I’m talking about), but for the purpose of creating an undead army. Sound cool? Check out the “How to Become a Necromancer—For Fun and Profit” blog post, which comes with a dandy flowchart.

What to Do When You Meet Cthulhu

There are a zillion books on surviving a zombie apocalypse. But what if the end of the world is brought about by something more … squidlike? Thank Shoggoth we have Rachel Gray’s book, What to Do When You Meet Cthulhu, which “covers the multitude of imaginary dangers, escape options, and chances of survival” when confronting Cthulhu and his nightmarish mates.

How to Emulate Dean Winchester From Supernatural

Speaking of Supernatural, wouldn’t it be cool to be Dean Winchester? His look, his ride, his cringey humor, his dart throwing—I want to know how he does it! Fortunately, the How to Emulate Dean Winchester From Supernatural wikiHow guide spares no details.


The worst thing about Christmas or New Year’s or Valentine’s Day is spending it alone, amirite? The same with Halloween. Nothing is “cuter” than dressing in one of those couples costumes—salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, Wayne and Garth—and hitting the party circuit. Before you head out, however, take a good, long look at your date. They might not be who you think they are.

11 Signs You’re Dating a Vampire

Leave it to BuzzFeed to take ordinary Goth indicators (they don’t tan, their wardrobe is out of the ordinary, their music is weird, etc.) and pathologize them in 11 Signs You’re Dating a Vampire.

‘So You Think You’re Dating a Werewolf: A Modern Teen’s Guide’

Because we’ve all had the problem of determining if a significant other “is of a supernatural background or if he’s just plain hairy,” the Hollywood Hates Me blog created a useful resource, “So You Think You’re Dating a Werewolf: A Modern Teen’s Guide.” Props for the reference to Morph, a character only the diehardiest of Marvel fans would remember (he was in several episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series).

Survive a Date With a Zombie / Apocalypse

Breath mints? Check. Lipstick? Check. BOGO coupon for Ruby Tuesday? Check. Bug out bag, HEPA radiation filter, and pocket Geiger counter? Only if your significant other is a little … reconstituted, says Survive a Date With a Zombie / Apocalypse.

Anthony Aycock is the author of The Accidental Law Librarian (Information Today, Inc., 2013). He is a freelance writer ( as well as the director of the North Carolina Legislative Library.

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