Halloween Goodies From National Geographic



Photograph by Julie Larsen Maher (c) Wildlife Conservation Society

National Geographic Digital Media staff have produced an imaginative lineup of stories, photos, and video for this year’s Halloween.

Click through to the extended entry to see a video of a newly discovered vampire moth sucking blood from a human hand, stories about the origin of Halloween costumes and ancient candy, and more.


Halloween Facts: Costumes, History, Urban Legends, More

Green Halloween

Healthier Halloween Candy

Safe Halloween Costumes and Makeup 

 “Fair Trade” Halloween Candy

Halloween Stories

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Vampire Moth Discovered — Evolution at Work (With Video)

African Spider Craves Human Blood, Scientists Find

Halloween Shines Light on Witchcraft Today

Ritual Cat Sacrifices a Halloween Myth, Experts Say

Giant Pumpkins “Go Heavy” This Halloween

Candy Facts: Halloween Treats From Ancient Recipes

First “Halloween” Costumes: Skins, Skulls, and Skirts?

Halloween Interactive

Salem Witch Trials: Confess!

Halloween Photos

PHOTOS: Crypts and Catacombs

PHOTOS: Eerie Animals

PHOTOS: Dogs in Halloween Costumes

PHOTOS: Creepy Animals for Halloween

Halloween: For Kids Only!

Halloween Quiz Game

Slime Punch Recipe for Halloween

Halloween E-Cards

Halloween Crafts: Eco-Bag for Trick-or-Treating

Cheap Halloween Costume Idea: Cat Up a Tree


Witch Head Nebula: As the name implies, this reflection nebula associated with the star Rigel looks suspiciously like a fairytale crone, NASA said in a release today. Formally known as IC 2118 in the constellation Orion, the Witch Head Nebula glows primarily by light reflected from the star. “The color of this very blue nebula is caused not only by blue color of its star, but also because the dust grains reflect blue light more efficiently than red. A similar physical process causes Earth’s daytime sky to appear blue,” NASA said.

Image courtesy NASA/STScI Digitized Sky Survey/Noel Carboni


National Geographic Digital Media staff celebrating Halloween at our Washington, D.C. headquarters today.

Photo by Greg Meyerhoff

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More than forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Max Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. In his 22-year career at National Geographic he was VP and editor in chief of National Geographic Digital Media, and the founding editor of the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directed the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. A regular expert on National Geographic Expeditions, David also lectures on storytelling for impact. He has 120,000 followers on social media: Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn