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Oh the Horror!
What's the first thing you think of when you think October? Halloween, of course! Phillips Library is celebrating Halloween 2020 in style by presenting our patrons with this excellent collection of horror films and novels. Check them out today!
Just in time for Halloween here are 10 things you may not know about Halloween and especially Halloween candy. Candy corn and chocolate are American's top two favourite Halloween treats. 94 per cent of Americans believe that chocolate and candy make holidays like Halloween more fun.
Whereas scholars have suggested that early teen slasher films like Halloween
(John Carpenter, 1978) and Prom Night (Paul Lynch, 1980) were made primarily for
male youth, this article reveals the extent to which producers and distributors tailored
the films and their marketing campaigns to appeal to teenage girls and young women
Viewing pleasure, as well as the possibility of later analysis of various horror narratives, is often directly or indirectly, but always closely, related to the issue of setting and space as a defining category needed for a more complete understanding of the genre. In many ways, gothic/horror spaces are the linchpin connecting and unifying the various elements (and sometimes stereotypes), but only rarely are these spaces theoretically exposed as the source and cause of some type of cultural and social anxiety (being the premise for a later genre related articulation). This article proposes the reading and tracing of a particular type of space - the American suburb - and its role in and contribution to the articulation of social anxieties through the horror slasher subgenre. The analysis will delineate the required historical and theoretical context preceding the birth of the suburban space as depicted in horror films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). Elements including the idealized space of the home, the post-WWII inherited position of women within domestic spaces, the questions of repressed sexuality leading to the creation of the suburban monstrous, together with the final act of violent (feminine and nonfeminine) rebellion will be addressed in the attempt to form a connecting theoretical arc between spatial issues and a specific segment of horror genre production.
Dressing in costume and the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs by college students.
Compared the behavior of college students who wore costumes on Halloween with those who did not to examine whether disguising identity or masquerading with a group were related to alcohol and other drug use behaviors. 805 females and 448 males from 2 colleges were surveyed over a 5-yr period. Findings reveal significant associations between dressing in costume and drinking alcohol and between masquerading with a group and using marijuana and other drugs. There were no significant associations between disguise of identity and the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)