Salem's complicated journey from witch trials to witch tourism

Oct 27, 2022
In the 1690s, women were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts on suspicion of witchcraft. Now, it's a witchy Mecca for tourists.
Hundreds of thousands of people descend on Salem during the Halloween season.
Sarah Leeson

Vacant real estate: Spirit Halloween's favorite haunt

Oct 29, 2021
The pop-up shop has more than 1,400 stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, taking over iconic locations such as Barneys on Seventh Avenue.
Spirit Halloween expanded this year, with 3% more stores than in 2020.
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The spookiest thing about Halloween? The waste.

Oct 29, 2021
By one estimate, Americans will spend more than $10 billion on candy, costumes and decor this year.
A jack-o'-lantern sits in a garbage can after Halloween night.
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How COVID-19 is changing Halloween plans this year

Oct 29, 2020
Some households are getting creative by creating “candy chutes,” while others are spending more on pricier candy.
Many families are still celebrating Halloween amid the COVID-19 crisis.
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How one Nashville haunted house is trying to stay safe — and scary — this Halloween

Oct 13, 2020
The attraction operators are finding ways to open with modifications. For instance, screaming in peoples' faces is off limits.
Nashville Nightmare owner Brad Webb, left, walks the city’s health director, Dr. Michael Caldwell, through a haunted school attraction ahead of opening weekend.
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Candy corn's agricultural past

Oct 30, 2019
Whether you love it or hate it, candy corn is synonymous with Halloween. We take a dive into the triangular, tri-colored candy's history.
Brach's produces about 7 billion pieces of candy corn each year.
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Tell us your money horror stories 🎃👻

Oct 21, 2019
Help us with an upcoming episode by sharing your money secrets, fears and regrets.
Chilling.
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Let's do the numbers: Halloween edition

Oct 9, 2017
Halloween spending is expected to hit a record $9.1 billion this year.
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