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Halloween Symbols – The Black Cat

Along with the witch in flight and grinning and jack-o-lantern, the black cat in full arched-back fright mode is among THE iconic symbols of Halloween. Even to this day, who doesn’t feel a little charge when a black cat streaks across one’s path, especially on Halloween? Cats have been variously worshiped or reviled throughout human history, but they have almost always been seen as magical and otherworldly.

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Why Has ‘Hocus Pocus’ Become THE Halloween Family Favorite?

Hocus Pocus has unexpectedly but perhaps inevitably become the consensus family favorite of the season nationwide. When it was released, bizarrely, in JULY of 1993, it was not a smash, was reviewed lukewarmly, and went on to generate a moderate $39.5 million ($65 million in 2015 dollars) at the box office.

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Theater Review (NYC): ‘Dracula’

Devised by playwright Patricia Lynn and director Geordie Broadwater, this hybrid or mutant entertainment is told in old-style cinematic fashion, but updated storywise to the present day, while hewing largely to the plot of the original novel. I found its curiosities just right for Halloween season.

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Halloween and the Lost Art of Divination

Though it’s still very summery in much of the country, with the opening of a number of haunted attractions, costumes and candy overflowing shelves in stores, and spooky programming easing onto screens big and small, the Halloween season is upon us. Amidst the noisy, colorful pop cultural extravaganza that is contemporary Halloween in America, an element central to the extended history of Halloween — all the way back to the pre-Christian Celtic celebration of Samhain — has virtually been lost: the art of divination.

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