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The ghost of Halloween past

This year, we may have had to celebrate Halloween a little differently. Going from door to door asking strangers for sweets is off the cards, and we had to rethink how we can celebrate this annual tradition. There are, of course, many Halloween traditions that we can still participate in from home. From costume competitions […]

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Let the gourd times roll. What to do with your leftover Halloween pumpkin

Think the myriad witches, scary movies or approaching deadlines are the spookiest part of Halloween? Well, think again my friend. I’ll tell you something that’s a lot more horrific and that’s the number of pumpkins chucked after a single day of festivities.  A recent survey carried out by food waste charity Hubbub found that 12.8 […]

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Behind Edinburgh’s Creepy Letters: Sinister or Sensationalist?

Many students are drawn to the University of Edinburgh by the beautifully undulating cobbled streets, picturesque medieval spires, and age-old traditions and history. The same sights which inspired J.K.Rowling to base the enchanting tales of Harry Potter within the confines of the city. For many who live and study within its walls, those tales of […]

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Halloween 2020: COVID edition

Halloween has been my favourite holiday ever since I was young and discovered that if I knocked on people’s doors in a cute costume, I could get free candy. For those of us who are well past our trick or treating days, the possibilities of celebration are endless, even with COVID hanging in the air. […]

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The Haunting of Bly Manor

The long awaited sequel to Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House has finally been released, and it certainly lives up to the hype. With a new house, a new cast of characters, and a new plot, The Haunting of Bly Manor could have easily been a major disappointment. Instead, it was a bingeable, thrilling, and […]

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Cult Column: Crimson Peak

Asking me to name my favourite horror subgenre would be like asking a parent to name a favourite child; I love them all. But some are definitely seasonal, and one that I always grow to love over October is Gothic horror.  Gothic horror originated in literature in the mid-18th century with novels like The Castle […]

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The Shining

Halloween is upon us, and there’s no better way to celebrate the spookiest time of the year than watching an appropriately spooky film. From classics like The Omen to new releases like Us, there’s no shortage of great horror films to watch this Halloween. But one horror film stands above them all. It has creepy […]

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Super-saver Spooky Season – Halloween outfits on a student budget

It’s mid-October already, and Halloween is creeping up on us! Originally a pagan festival celebrating the dead and the end of the harvest season, it has now become a favourite holiday for many. It might be just one day, but it plays a key part of the series of holidays that we celebrate year after […]