Ancient Celtic Turnip Carvings Paved the Way for Jack-O’-Lanterns

Samhain (which means “summer’s end” in Gaelic) is the ancient pagan festival that ushered in the beginning of winter and the Celtic new year. It also evolved into All Hallow’s Eve, and then Halloween. Centuries ago, it was believed that the veil between life and death was at its thinnest during the transition from October to November, allowing visits from spirits. To ward off unwelcome …

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A guide for anxious voters, haunted hotel tales, a stylish car collaboration and more from around the web

30 Election-Related Answers for the Anxious Voter The Anxious Person’s Guide to the 2020 Election offers answers to 30 election-related questions from simple queries like “When is election day?” to the more complex “What role could the Supreme Court play in the election?” Within each entry, politics and election reporters at The New York Times—Matt Flegenheimer, Gabriel Gianordoli, Denise Lu and Eden Weingart—provide information about …

“Ghost Stories of Tripadvisor” by Bompas & Parr Editions

Online travel review platform Tripadvisor is rife with horror stories of all kinds, which London design studio Bompas & Parr trawled for spooky tales to collate into a book—just in time for Halloween. With 40 ghost stories from Tripadvisor users, the book details hotel hauntings from eerie events in England to the undead in the USA. Illustrated with unexplained images, this creepy and comical book …