Tag Archive for Halloween

15 Credibility Street #28: Defense against the dark art of scare-mongering

It was just Halloween, the media is out to scare you into believing dumb things. Don’t. Tricks in treats? Not-too-deep-thinking about marijuana-laced candy warnings will bring quick realization this hazard is not worth worrying about. One incident in New Brunswick, Canada may have been nailed down but who would eat that anyway? The condition called…

It’s the season for the word “skeptic” to be overly used and abused

Oh, dear. Every Halloween-themed story out this week about ghosts and monsters and the people who seek them will invariably have the term “skeptic” in it. This person is the group’s “skeptic” or this person “was a skeptic until…” Most egregious are those who are completely gullible and pooh-pooh the skeptical process as being “closed-minded”…

Sweet Satan! It’s Exorcism EXTRAVAGANZA! (UPDATE: Snoozefest)

UPDATE (editor) (2-Nov 2015): How did the broadcast go? Ratings are not in yet for cable but they WERE facing a World Series game and America’s Next Top Model. Both shows seemed to be more exciting according to reviews from Variety and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Hopefully, they won’t try such blatant sensationalism nonsense…

Witches and Satan links to Halloween

Happy Halloween. Many people of a religious nature dislike Halloween due to it’s connection to the occult subject of witchcraft and devil worship. Does this have any merit? Halloween is the feast of Satan, warns former ‘witch high priest’. Should we be worried? – Telegraph Blogs. Fundamentalist Christians are also in their element. Given that…

Norwegian store packaged meat as severed human limbs for Halloween prank

Ewww. Yuck, but funny. Halloween Pranks 2013: Norway Store Issues Apology After Stuffing Meat Freezers With Fake Bloody, Severed Limbs [PHOTOS] A store in Norway has issued an apology after receiving several complaints from customers who were offended by their method of getting into the Halloween spirit. Europris, a Norwegian discount store, stuffed their meat…

Kenyans freaked out by Halloween cargo

Doesn’t look weird to me but… cultural relativism. Standard Digital News – Kenya : Bizarre cargo impounded at Mombasa port. Horror and fear struck the port of Mombasa Thursday when Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) inspectors uncovered a container with bizarre looking implements, masks and trophies. The cargo imported from China sparked apprehension in Mombasa, where…

Razor blades and cocaine for trick-or-treat?

These scare stories about Halloween are typically blown out of proportion but I did find these two. In Canada: Razor blade found in London child’s treat bag, police say -Canoe.ca London, Ont. police are warning parents to be check their children’s candy after a double-sided razor blade was found in a trick-or-treat bag on Wednesday…

It’s the Halloween lobster

Lobster all dressed up for Halloween in orange and black. Dana Duhaime, a lobsterman from Salem, discovered the crustacean Sunday in one of his traps in Bakers Channel and an aquarium biologist picked up the one-pound female and brought it to the aquarium for its debut after Hurricane Sandy. The “split” coloring occurs once in…

Polish Catholic Church down on ‘Satanic’ Halloween

Party poopers! BBC News – Polish Catholic Church in Halloween warning. Poland’s Catholic Church has warned that modern Halloween rituals risk promoting the occult. In a statement on its website, the Church said that celebrating Halloween could contradict Church teachings and Christianity. One archbishop said the 31 October celebrations were promoting paganism to young people.…

Ghost hunter groups proliferated. Yet, we are still no closer to proving ghosts exist.

Here is a three-page feature on ghost hunters in South New Jersey. Amateur paranormal investigators are a specialty subject area of mine and I found a laundry list of thing wrong with this report. Similar reports will appear in every newspaper between now and Halloween, ghost hunters’ busiest time. Team spirit: Ghost groups get closer…

Missouri Halloween UFO: Even the kids knew these were planes

Missouri Halloween UFO: ‘This was undeniably jets’ – National ufo | Examiner.com. A group of Halloweening witnesses to strange lights over Lee’s Summit, MO, think they have a more Earthly resolution to reports of giant disc-shaped objects buzzing the skies here, according to November 3, 2011, testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting…

Owl caught in a Halloween decoration

Owl gets trapped upside down in fake Halloween web | Metro.co.uk. The western screech owl got stuck upside down for hours after flying into a green web in a back garden. Luckily, someone spotted the bird and alerted wildlife experts. Despite suffering from dehydration, it was unhurt and, after being treated with intravenous fluids, the bird…

Sally Morgan is a no-show for Halloween psychic test

This is a follow up to our previous story about Sally Morgan and this particular Halloween test. Sally Morgan rejects Halloween challenge to prove her psychic powers Sally Morgan, the TV clairvoyant who styles herself as “Britain’s best-loved psychic”, has turned down an invitation to prove her supernatural powers on Monday. Morgan, who claims to…

Halloween television specials: Scare yourself (with the) silly

Don’t forget Halloween television ghost and monster hunting specials! Ghost Hunters Live at Pennhurst (SyFy Channel beginning 7PM EST on Monday) and Finding Bigfoot crew are in search of the truth in the Patterson Gimlin film (Animal Planet 9PM Sunday – Tonight!) :  Get ready for a Squatcherific Squatchtacular Halloween Squatch-fest

Sally Morgan’s lawyer says she won’t show up and quit bothering her; she’s busy

From Simon Singh: Sally Morgan’s lawyer sends me an email – slsingh’s posterous. On Friday evening, I received an email from Sally Morgan’s solicitor, Graham Atkins of Atkins Thomson. He has “17 years experience in the legal aspects of the media, reputation management and branding industries”. The email is headed “STRICTLY PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL – NOT…

Have a Haunted Honeymoon: Travelocity names the top 10 haunted hotels in U.S.

Sweet dreams: Travelocity names the top 10 haunted hotels in U.S. – Pack Up – Boston.com. For those adults who feel like taking on a challenge this year, Travelocity just announced their list of the top 10 haunted hotels in the U.S, including one in Boston’s backyard, and the witchiest spot in the world, Salem, Mass.…