This Halloween, UCI Humanities scholars share terrifying tales from across the globe

A black & white map w/ pumpkins on top of Mexico, Greece, Italy & Japan. Silhouettes of jack’o lanterns line the bottom
A black & white map w/ pumpkins on top of Mexico, Greece, Italy & Japan. Silhouettes of jack’o lanterns line the bottom

Content warning: Some of these stories are seriously horror-inducing and not for the faint of heart.

While Halloween is neither universally celebrated nor homogenous in its traditions, every country does have its own fright-inducing tales, legends and folklore. These tales range from the clearly horrific to the more subtly disconcerting. Below, UCI School of Humanities scholars take you around the world to share in the tales that have forever haunted them.

Greece

Italy

Japan

México

Read Toscano’s translation of “Alta Cocina” here.

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