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We’re taking a closer look at the second largest retail holiday in America. With costumes, candy and over the top decorations, the holiday has taken on a life of its own here in America. We’ll explore how the holiday became the retail juggernaut we know today. But we’ll also look at how the holiday came to America in the first place. It actually has some sinister origins across the world.
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We’ll explore Halloweens worldly origins first with Naomi Petrovsky. She’ll explain how other countries celebrate Halloween, often turning death into more of a celebration.
We’ll then move on to America’s celebration of Halloween with Alyssa Edes. She’ll tell us how our traditions like dressing in consume and trick or treating came to be.
Clearly with both of those traditions, the costume and candy industries get a huge boost in October. Andrea Olalia will tell us how important Halloween is to some businesses.
After that we’ll explore some serous tricks some people might try to pull on kids while they’re out trick or treating. Z Neifield will give us some tips on Halloween safety from the experts.
Finally we’ll take a look at that favorite Halloween tradition of settling down and watching a good horror movie. Rebecca Morris will attempt to explain our attraction to the genre and what has made it so successful.
To close the show we’ll speak with john Connelly, the bestselling author of The Gates, The Infernals and The Book of lost Things. Connelly grew up in Ireland, giving him a different perspective on the traditions around Halloween. Maria sat down with him and discussed how his books relate to Halloween. They talked about the differences in American and Irish cultural Halloween celebrations, and where the horror movie world is headed.
Reporters (in order of appearance): Naomi Petrovsky, Alyssa Edes, Andrea Olalia, Z Neifield, Rebecca Morris
Producers: Steve Burns, Maria Spiridigliozzi