Halloween is a secular holiday celebrated every year on the evening of October 31st. Its origins date back several centuries to the Celtic Feast of Samhain. It was believed that on the night of the festival, the doorway between the lands of the living and the dead were thin, enabling spirits from the afterworld entrance into the real world. While the spirits of beloved family members were welcome, evil spirits were feared and unwelcome. Patrons of the festival warded off evil spirits by wearing frightful masks, which eventually evolved into the custom of wearing decorative costumes on Halloween night. In modern years, the tradition of Halloween is celebrated primarily by children who dress up in costumes and walk from house to house intoning the words "Trick or Treat". As per the custom, the owner of the household was obliged to reward the child with a prize, usually in the form of candy. Halloween is celebrated by adults as well, who regularly attend costume parties on the week of Halloween either at personal residences or at bars, night clubs or theme parks. Universal Studios hosts a Halloween celebration throughout the entire month of October called Halloween Horror Nights. Many horror-themed fan conventions also take place during this time, in which attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume where they have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from famous horror film cast members.
(See Also: Halloween for the horror film franchise)
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As the name implies, this is a house or other residence that is haunted by spirits of the dead or demons. Ghosts tend to become very territorial over their selected haunts and will stop at nothing to get unwelcome occupants to leave.
(See Also: Haunted House films)
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In the Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing game, a "Haven" is a term used to describe the private sanctuary of a vampire. This is a location of the vampire's choosing, where he or she maintains their coffin and can rest safely during the daylight hours. In many cases, a vampire's haven is located in their private abode, but this is not always the case. Depending upon an individual's resources, it is not uncommon for a vampire to maintain several havens. Havens are also known to be guarded by ghouls (humans who have consumed vampire blood and act in service to the vampire's needs) who watch over their masters while they sleep. In the Kindred: The Embraced television series, The Haven was the name of a lounge club owned by Toreador vampire Lillie Langtry.
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A Hellmouth is a mystical aperture that bridges the dimensions between reality and the realms of Hell. A confluence of mystical energy, it is an ephemeral portal of great power. Demons and vampires are frequently drawn to it, and more than one nefarious individual has attempted to take control of a Hellmouth. The most famous Hellmouth is the one located beneath Sunnydale High School in Sunnydale, California. This Hellmouth was destroyed however by the next generation of Slayers as well as a vampire "Champion" named Spike. Watcher Rupert Giles informed them only moments later that another such Hellmouth existed in Cleveland.
(See Also: Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
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High school refers to the location as well as the advancing period of one's education before entering college or the workforce. The duration of high school classes is four years, divided into grades 9-12 and generally runs from late summer into late spring of every year. The average age of a high school student is between 14-17. The denominatons of high school grade levels are identified as freshman, sophmore, junior and senior. The highest managing authority of a high school is called the principal. When you are bad, you get sent to the principal's office. Some schools may offer the option of dropping out at age sixteen. When you graduate you receive a diploma and get to wear a robe and a square cap with a tassle.
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A Horla is a disembodied spirit that can maintain a tangible, albeit invisible form. It can likewise possess people, causing them to do things that they would not otherwise do. A Horla was the primary antagonist in the 1963 film Diary of a Madman.
(See Also: Ghost; Spirit)
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A host is someone who offers hospitality to guests at a function. In the entertainment medium, a host may serve as the master of ceremonies at an award assembly, or they may be a presenter of a story. Edward Van Sloan was the presenter and actor in the 1935 of the 1935 horror film The Bride of Frankenstein. During the 1950s, horror comic strips by EC Comics were hosted by three bizarre characters known as the GhouLunatics. This included the Vault Keeper, the Old Witch, and the Crypt Keeper. The Crypt Keeper was retooled as a wisecracking pun-spewing undead ghoul in the HBO TV series Tales from the Crypt. On the Canadian/US anthology series The Hunger, actor Terence Stamp was the host of the show during season one, and rock legend David Bowie was the host during season two.
A housekeeper is a hired individual charged with maintaining cleanliness and order of an estate. They may or may not have additional staff members who work under them. The are often referred to as maids or maidservants. Duties may include cooking, cleaning, laundry, and minding any children that may live on the property. In some cases, a housekeeper may actually live on the estate itself.
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A human is just a regular ole' boring-ass person of the Earthling variety. Nothing particularly special about them all whatsoever. Some supernatural creatures moonlight as humans during a portion of their lives such as werewolves. Other creatures were once human, but became something else due to any number of unforseen circumstances. This applies to vampires, ghosts, mummies and zombies. Other monsters, such as demons were never human at all whatsoever, but may trick others into believing that they are human. Normal human beings have no special attributes other than a tendency to eat a lot and an unsatiable propensity for watching reality television. One of the major story threads of the Syfy channel series Being Human involves the tribulations of a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf and their ongoing struggle to maintain their humanity.
The condition of having a "hunchback" is actually called Kyphosis, a curvature of the upper thoracic spine. It can be either the result of degenerative diseases such as arthritis, developmental problems, osteoporosis with compression fractures of the vertebrae, and/or trauma. Those suffering from Kyphosis feature prominently in the horror genre, particularly the 1923 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the form of Quasimodo. Hunchbacked characters also play important roles in the Frankenstein mythos including characters such as Fritz, Karl, Ygor and Eye-Gor.