October 31, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Front pages offer tricks and treats for Halloween

Halloween is a day for spooky scares and sweet treats, so we thought we would show you the very different ways that front pages cover the holiday, from the fun to the downright frightening.

One of the most popular ways to mention the holiday is a personality profile of a community's Halloween lovers. The Manitowoc, Wis., Herald Times Reporter tells the story of a woman who carves celebrities, athletes and even the Virgin Mary into foam pumpkins that she displays for trick-or-treaters. The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World tells of a local man who creates a haunted back yard in "Master of macabre's display captures the true spirit of Halloween."

Some papers addressed more practical matters. The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette uses the scary holiday to report on a scientific study about controlling human fear. The Anniston (Ala.) Star tells of the health and dental dangers of eating too much candy. The Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.) asks, "Got bats in your belfry?" and reports that bats aren't quite as terrifying as all those Dracula stories make them out to be.

Stamford, Conn.'s The Advocate reports a creepy tale on "Tracking New England Vampires," while the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star tells the story of Lincoln's own witch trial in 1900. The Charlotte (Fla.) Sun's main front-page story is "Ghost Hunters," a tale about a local group that investigates paranormal activity.

The Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times headline reads: "Happy Hallo- uh, Fall Festival" with the subhead, "School parties have changed with health, religious concerns." The High Point (N.C.) Enterprise also discusses the kiddies with tips to keep trick-or-treating safe.

If you haven't had enough, check out the Reading (Pa.) Eagle, which implores you to "Test Your Halloween Knowledge" by answering questions on everything from costumes to horror movies to pumpkins.

Finally, from Link (Hampton Roads, Va.) and from all of us here, happy Halloween!

Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.

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