A spooky Halloween blog round-up

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Last year’s classical-themed pumpkin

This evening, when it’s dark outside, you’re alone in the house, and beginning to wonder just what it is that’s making the mysterious creaking noise somewhere above your head…well, that would be the perfect time to have a read of some Halloween-themed blog posts!


My friend Daniel has written a whole series about spooky stories in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds: vampires, werewolves, demons, and ghosts. Lots of great stories there to check out (NB some have content notes at the top for potentially disturbing content).

From the CREWS project, a fascinating post about magical writing systems, ‘Reading the Runes‘.

And finally, an exciting discovery of an new Linear B tablet from New Zealand which, like the similar discovery in April this year, might shed new light on the Mycenaean origins of one of our contemporary festivals… read all about it here!

Update: I’ve just found a post on how to say ‘trick or treat’ in Latin and ancient Greek (something all trick-or-treaters should obviously learn how to do before setting out in search of candy): have a look here!

And that creaking noise you can still hear, and that seems to be getting louder and nearer…? I’m sure it’s nothing really…

Happy Halloween!

Author: Anna P. Judson

Classics researcher at Cambridge

5 thoughts on “A spooky Halloween blog round-up”

  1. Ooh, I love the trick or treat translations! The closest Greek for candy would be ἐπίπαστον, which was a small sweet cake that one snacked on; but I like δόλος ἢ δῶρον for the alliteration.


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