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On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with Robbi Courtaway about supernatural activity in St. Louis.

Courtaway is the author of two books on the subject, "Spirits of St. Louis: A Ghostly Guide to the Mound City’s Unearthly Activities" and "Spirits of St. Louis II: The Return of the Gateway City Ghosts.”

Marsh has a ghost story of his own and wrote about it in his 2008 book, Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist.

St. Louis’ Halloween joke tradition is still adorable

Nov 1, 2016
St. Louis children go trick-or-treating armed with funny jokes to deliver.
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As a newcomer to the region who has never once heard of working for your Halloween candy with a joke, I find the St. Louis tradition endlessly charming — even after the 15th “What is a ghost’s favorite food? Booberries.”

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Do your kids need to settle down before a sugar-infused round of trick-or-treating? Does your spooky drive down an abandoned road need a soundtrack? Do you just want to get into the Halloweekend mood?

We have the perfect audio for you: excerpts from a dramatic retelling of the classic “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from local historic interpreter, Anne Williams.

Scarefest Haunted Houses

The National Retail Federation recently found that 157 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year. Not impressed? That equates to over $6.9 billion in spending—on costumes, parties, candy and…wait for it…boo! Haunted houses. Nearly 20 percent of those 157 million will step foot in a haunted house this season alone.

Black Cats And Halloween: Danger Or Urban Legend?

Oct 31, 2014
Numerous adoption agencies said there is no evidence that black cats are more at risk than other animals around Halloween.
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Many people have heard the stories about black cats disappearing around Halloween and that adoption agencies don't allow adoptions of all-black or all-white pets in October. But for cat owners in the St. Louis area is this danger real or an urban myth?

Dr. Kelly Ryan of the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America in St. Louis said she has seen no evidence locally that black cats are more at risk than other animals.

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Like most old cities, St. Louis has its share of ghost stories.

There’s the Lemp Mansion, haunted by the the tragic history of the beer baron’s family.

There’s the Rock House on the campus of the Edgewood Children’s Home in Webster Groves, and the spirits that roam the land near Ralston Purina, which was once the site of a medical college and later a Civil War-era prison.

This commentary first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When I was a kid, Halloween was the day we gave thanks for attending Catholic school. Because the day after is All Saint’s Day in church liturgy, we were off for a holy day of obligation while our public-school counterparts attended classes as usual after a night of trick or treating. (Suckers.)

It's fall y'all! No tricks here, just treats: check out these NPR-themed stencils to inspire your pumpkin carving.

If you use these templates to carve a pumpkin or if public radio otherwise inspires your Halloween celebrations, email a picture to thisisnpr@npr.org. We'll post the collection here and on our Facebook page on Halloween.

Being a comedian, Joe Marlotti is always afraid he won't get laughs. But he grows especially nervous this time of year. After all, a comedian doesn't want his kids to bomb when it comes time to tell jokes.

Marlotti hails from St. Louis, where local Halloween tradition calls for children not to say "trick or treat," but to tell a joke in order to earn candy.

"I've been all around the block — literally — telling them that it's important to tell the joke right, or it makes me look bad," Marlotti says.

Morning headlines: Monday, October 31, 2011

Oct 31, 2011
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Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines (other than yesterday's World Series rally):

Cold pill sales jump after new law in St. Charles County

Now that St. Charles County requires a prescription to purchase cold pills containing a key ingredient to methamphetamine, sales of the over-the-counter medications are soaring in three nearby St. Louis County towns.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 30, 2011 - So maybe there are two questions you'll get only in St. Louis.

Where'd you go to high school and, for those costumed kids wanting candy on Halloween night, what's your joke?

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Collecting in the Heartland: Halloween noisemakers

Oct 15, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 15, 2008 - Let's bob for apples and sing and play 

In the good, old-fashioned way;

Greet Hallowe'en with a party gay,

For spooks and witches but a short time stay.
--from Kiddies' Halloween Book by Marie Irish, 1931

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 9, 2008 - What's scarier right now: the economy, or the fake severed head dangling from a tree, still screaming, in the neighbor's yard?

How about this -- despite bad financial times, the National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend $5.77 billion on Halloween this year. That's a rise of 14 percent, according to AdAge.com, a trade Web site of the advertising industry. Holiday spending in November and December is only expected to rise by 2.2 percent.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 8, 2008 - So what do you do on Halloween if you're too big for the door-to-door and looking for real thrills?

A Hallow-tini does sound kind of good right about now, and basically every bar in the area will have some kind of Halloween-theme bash, both the weekend before Halloween and the actual night itself. There are way too many to list, so call your local dive for details.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 7, 2008 - Halloween can get a little predictable: pumpkins on stoops, cottony cobwebs in doors, cheap costumes at your local big-box store.

Maybe a few too many nips from your little ones' stash, or the tiring sight of young women making innocent costumes "bad" by adding fishnets and eyeliner, adds to the gloom. But parents shouldn’t despair.