Halloween

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Marcie Sillman talks to sociologist Margee Kerr about the reasons people like to feel fear.

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Jeannie Yandel talks with Zack Davisson, author of "Yurei: The Japanese Ghost," about living with a ghost and the place ghosts have in Japanese culture. 

The Perils Of Helicopter Parenting On Halloween

Oct 30, 2014
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Ross Reynolds talks with Peter Gray, research professor at Boston College, about how allowing children freedom while trick-or-treating helps them mature. Gray is the author of "Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life." 

Why Do We Love Spooky Things?

Oct 30, 2014
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It’s that scary time of the year again, and RadioActive gets spooked out.

Kendra Hanna asks young writers at 826 Seattle and author Neil Gaiman why kids love scary stories.

Then Esa Tilija goes inside a haunted house for the first time. Don't act vulnerable!

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I have never actually seen a ghost. I tend to believe in the whole science track.

The other thing you should know about me is that I’m actually fairly even-keeled. I can count the number of times I’ve been really angry on one hand.

What's Your Favorite Color, Sweetheart? 'The Blood'

Oct 30, 2014
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It's Halloween, and you probably have your own family tradition. Carving a jack-o-lantern, dressing up, eating too much candy.

For Seattleite Matt Woerner, it’s watching horror films with his 4-year-old daughter, Chloe.

Ghost Story: How My Dad Bid Me Farewell

Oct 28, 2014
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My story begins when I was a little boy growing up in Japan.

My mother is Japanese and my dad is American, and I was born in Yokohama, and grew up there until I was 10 years old.

Inside A Candy Shop

Oct 31, 2013
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Steve Scher stopped by local candy shop The Confectionery at University Village to ask the experts what candy they enjoy on Halloween.

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Just in time for Halloween, an excellent interview about our complicated relationship with candy.
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Farmers markets are great for fresh fruits and veggies, but for pumpkins, Sheryl Wiser suggests you take off your city shoes, put on some galoshes and head out to the pumpkin patch.

PASCO, Wash. – Just as this year’s Halloween fades into memory, many Northwest Latino families are getting ready for the Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday is on Friday. Some families blend the two holidays.

In Pasco, Washington, bakeries can hardly churn out enough seasonal pan muerto . It’s a type of semi-sweet bread that has the shapes of bones and skulls baked right in.

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This Halloween Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about their best costumes, best scares and favorite parts of Halloween.

Last year we spoke with author Jason Zinoman who wrote, "Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror," and took some calls. To celebrate Halloween we've decided to bring you some highlights from that interview and a little more.

Halloween Spending Up Across Nation

Oct 31, 2012

KENNEWICK, Wash. – If Halloween spending is an indicator of the economy, Americans are appear to be feeling better than this time last year -- or at least more ghoulish.

A new survey commissioned by the National Retail Federation found that seven of 10 Americans will celebrate Halloween this year. And they’re spending more says spokeswoman Kathy Grannis.

“The average person is expected to spend about $79 on Halloween decorations, costumes and candy.”