When Quebec was Terrorized by a WerewolfIn 1766, a story appeared in the Gazette de Québec that warned residents of Quebec City that a werewolf (loup-garou) was roaming outside the city walls. Quebec was then a new colony of the British Empire after the settlement of New France was defeated by the British military in 1763. The French colonists were reeling from the war and change of government, plus there was always the fear of the First Nations people they had taken the land from in the first place, and of wild animals. It was a short leap to blame local disappearances and grisly deaths on the loup-garou, a legend they recalled from similar cases in French history. Canadiana explains the werewolf, or rather the fear of the werewolf, that terrorized Quebec for decades. The story is only 6:30, the rest is promotional. See also: The Beast of Gévaudan and The French Werewolf Epidemic.
The Strange Origin of the Ouija BoardWhat’s one of the easiest ways to communicate with ghosts? People can hire mediums and those who are capable of reaching into the supernatural planes of our very mortal realm.Aside from that, there are also items that can easily be purchased for communicating with spirits. They range in complexity and in price. For veterans or ghost hunters who want the full technical experience, gadgets such as the honey tone (a modified version of the spirit box) can help facilitate conversations. For those who wish to interact with the supernatural without all the fancy gadgets, a simple board can help. You might know it as the Ouija board, a product that is labeled with the alphabet, numbers, as well as the words “yes,” “no,” and “goodbye.” Here’s what is interesting about this kind of board: Ouija doesn’t really refer to these kinds of devices for the supernatural. It’s more of a brand. Think of it as Coke. When we say Coke, we’re talking about soda. But we usually refer to all kinds of soda as Coke or even Pepsi even though there are other brands. The Ouija board operates in this kind of way as well. The Ouija brand was created by Charles Kennard, a fertilizer entrepreneur in Chestertown, Maryland. The name was coined after he held a seance in April 1890. According to the businessman, he actually asked the board what it wanted to be called. The board spelled the word “Ouija” for them, and the rest was history. This is an interesting tidbit when it comes to the origins of the well-known item. Next time you can call a group of friends, bring one of these items, and ask if the name Ouija still comes up now, I guess!Image credit: Emily MacDonald/Pexels
Magic Wheelchair is a Nonprofit That Creates Amazing Costumes for Kids in WheelchairsA spooky and magical Halloween season was gifted to 6-year-old Evan Hermanson through a local nonprofit organization called Magic Wheelchair.This organization was established in 2015, and aimed to serve families with disabilities by bringing their visions to life. Part of their business is to match kids’ dreams with different builders around the US. Magic Wheelchair made Hermanson’s dreams come true by creating a wheelchair designed with motifs from the Disney movie Cars. The child was delighted to see that he can dress up as Lightning McQueen, his favorite character from the show even with a wheelchair. Image screenshot via Fox 12#cars #accessibility #disability #charities #orgnaizations #nonprofit #MagicWheelchair #wheelchairs #halloween #costume 
Would You Like a Potato in Your Trick-or-treat Bag? When people are asked to rank the items they've received during trick-or-treat night in their childhood, you can be assured that the aggregate results will be full-size candy bars at the top, and toothbrushes given out at the dentist's house near the bottom, ranking second only to Chick tracts in disappointment. So it might surprise you to find that potatoes are often a popular Halloween treat. In Calgary, redditor kuebed opened the door to trick-or-treaters and gave them a choice between candy or a potato. Of the 102 children who came to the door, 84 selected candy and 18 (17.65%) chose to take a potato.​Sarah Ross of Milwaukee gave out raw potatoes for Halloween and had such a great reaction from kids that her story went viral! Replies to Ross's potato story included folks who had given out unusual treats (potatoes, onions, ramen noodles) in years past and got a good reaction. Minnesotastan offered trick-or-treaters a choice of a bag of chips or a seashell. He has done this for years, and has found that the percentage of children who selected a seashell has gone up over time, with a large majority selecting a seashell in 2022. ​The crucial part of these experiments is the element of choice. A lot of children will choose candy, but for those who went the other route, what they got a was special. Every trick-or-treat night involves candy, and there are only so many kinds of store-bought candy to be given out. Amongst all that sugar, a potato is unique, and therefore exciting. When a child gets a potato or seashell, they can't wait to tell everyone, and suddenly "that house" is one that all their friends want to visit. You can be assured that that house, and that Halloween, will be the one they remember for years. (Image credit: kuebed) #trickortreat #potato #noncandytreat
Edwards Pumpkins Creates Photorealistic CarvingsNow, this is scarily good!Meet Joey Edwards AKA Edwards Pumpkins, a Portland-based artist that specializes in creating realistic portraits on a very interesting canvas. True to his chosen moniker, he uses foam pumpkins to showcase his talent for creating stunning portraits of different fictional characters and famous celebrities. Edwards uses knives and rotary bits to carve the details into the pumpkins and plays with the lighting to make it seem like viewers are looking at a 3D portrait. The artist accepts commissions and can create masterpieces based on photos or original compositions. Check his full portfolio here!Image credit: Edwards Pumpkins
Oregon Zoo's Annual Squishing of the Squash EventThe time of spooking has passed, and Oregon Zoo has managed to continue its tradition of celebrating the season with an annual smashing event.The event, called Squishing of the Squash, involves the animal residents of the zoo getting to smash some pumpkins in front of a crowd. It actually originated back in 1999, according to the establishment, when the Dairt Garden of Canby dropped an 828-pound pumpkin for the zoo’s elephants. The activity, aside from providing joy and amusement to visitors, also improves the animals’ well-being by using it as a stimulating and challenging event for them. Image credit: Oregon Zoo #squash #events #pumpking #OregonZoo #squishingofthesquash #animalactivities