Insight into history of Halloween in America
For many kids and adults too Halloween is their favorite holiday of the year. And what's not to love, dressing up, getting candy, and giving your friends a good scare. But how did this celebration of all things morbid come about? For answers we turn to Kate Kelly of AmericaComesAlive.com, a website that shares stories from American history. The holiday was brought to the US primarily from Ireland and Scotland, but the idea itself goes many years back. Originally, it was a pagan holiday that stems from a Celtic tradition.
Ken Zavekis, a ghost walker with Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg Ghost Tours, tells about the Halloween history in Gettysburg.
The man who brought Dracula to light
For generation's, the undead have been roaming the streets. Their servants accomplishing vile and bloody deeds. In a dark corner of Washington DC, we have tracked down a man so vile that he has brought the curse of Dracula upon the boards of New York and Europe thirty-seven times. Andrew Hiller goes over the top and climbs into the crypt to talk to Chic Silber, who in 1959 helped bring to light murder as part of the original West Side Story.
Blackbeard’s flagship looted
Blackbeard! The name has struck fear for generations. It summons visions of victims swinging from yardarms and bloody fall from the plank. After spending 300 years beneath the sea, archeologists are invading Davy Jones's locker and looting Blackbeard’s booty. The effort, a serious and delicate one, has been ongoing over the past 14 years. So far, they’ve uncovered 13 canons and over 280,000 artifacts. Andrew Hiller invites Steve Claggett, who was on the Queen Anne's Revenge, a state archeologist with the North Carolina department of Cultural Resources, aboard the Voice of Russia.