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IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEN, AND WITH THE DARK holiday come all sorts of ominous creatures just waiting to scare us all to death. But, do you know who or what half of these dangerous creatures are?  We thought we’d bone you up a bit on some of them, just in case they stop by to see you the end of the month.

THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN:  This frightening character was created by Washington Irving and first appeared in his short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  The Headless Horseman was famous in American folklore for trying to suppress the Revolutionary War.  He was killed in the battle for Chatterton Hill, his head severed by a cannonball.  Thereafter, he appears as a legendary ghost who threatens night travelers with decapitation.

ZOMBIE:  This was a mythical “living dead” creature, also known as a reanimated corpse.  It can also be somebody under the magical control of another.  Stories about zombies originated in the African spiritual belief of voodoo.

UNKNOWN PHANTOM. Very scary, with glowing red eyes. This fictional character reportedly comes from the Power Rangers Universe, but his real name, race, species and identity are a mystery.  He has the power to become invisible.  His weapon (or accessory) is a black bat-shaped laser that fires energy beams.

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  • Pumpkin pendant.  It isn’t scary, but it’s just great with any costume! 

VAMPIRE:  This is a make-believe character who lives by sucking blood out of living people and thus turning them into vampires, too.

WEREWOLF:  A dominant horror figure, a werewolf is a mythological human with the ability to shift into a wolf-like creature.  The history of werewolves goes back to ancient Greece through the writing of Petronius.  Werewolves have frequently appeared in modern fiction and films.

GRIM REAPER:  Folkloric human, one of many characters based on the legendary werewolf-like creature with supernatural powers.  The transformation is often associated with the appearance of a full moon.

MUMMY: There are actually two kinds.  The Artificial which is what the
Egyptians created and the Natural.  In the Artificial Mummy, the organs were removed from a corpse, which was then wrapped in linen cloth, treated with preservatives, and dried out.  A  Natural Mummy occurs when something in nature freezes or dries the body, keeping it from decaying, and thus forming a mummy. 

DRACULA:  Prince Vlad III Dracula was born in Transylvania and is generally conceded to have been the real Dracula. As king of Walachia, he would often entertain himself at dinner by putting people to death.  His favorite form of execution was impalement.

   –Dracula achieved widespread fame as a result of an 1897 novel by Irish writer Abraham (Bran) Stoker, who reportedly based his main character on Vlad.  Stoker wrote the story after doing research into Eastern European folklore.

SWAMP MONSTER:  These make-believe creatures have been surfacing in comic books for generations. They are similar to fish, and live underwater, rarely surfacing.  They tend to stay in swamp mire and are apparently related to the Loch Ness Monster and others like it.  Swamp Monsters often have special powers, and can sometimes speak. They also have a very bad attitude!

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Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Friday, October 15th, 2010