It's Halloween — a time for Frankenstein monsters and vampires and werewolves. But many of us have our own monsters from different cultures, and When we threw out a call to our readers asking what ghost stories and folktales they grew up with in their own traditions, we got back stories of creatures stalking the shadows of Latin American hallways and vengeful demons from South Asia with backwards feet. (And that's before we get to the were-hyenas and the infernal bathroom stalls.) Below are some of the best we've found or that were told to us from Code Switch readers.

Murray State University theatre professors Daryl Phillipy and Lissa Graham Schneider set the mood for Halloween with readings from two classics in horror fiction: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, on Sounds Good.

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Updated October 31, 2014

Here's a schedule of Halloween programming on WKMS. Halloween specials start this Saturday! We'll update this list as more program information becomes available. This is what we've got so far:


The season of Halloween may be just too frightening for some, so Land Between the Lakes' Woodlands Nature Station offers a family friendly activity this Saturday. The 20th Annual Howl-O-Ween is a kid-friendly, non-scary daytime event featuring Tree Frog and his Superheroes. Families take a guided walk through a forested trail, meeting costumed animal characters along the way, with singing and treats. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Nature Station's Aviva Yasgur about the event.


A "haint" is an old-fashioned Appalachian mountain term for "haunt" and can be anything from Bigfoot in the woods to a ghost in the house. On Sounds Good, East Kentucky Master Storyteller Octavia Sexton previews next week's "Haint Tales" presentation at the McCracken County Public Library with a hair-raising story about "Raw Head and Bloody Bones," first told to her by her grandfather.

What makes trick-or-treaters happy is candy. And more candy is better, right?

Well, it turns out that might not actually be the case. A few years ago researchers did a study on Halloween night where some trick-or-treaters were given a candy bar, and others were given the candy bar and a piece of bubble gum.


WKMS and the middle school kids of Calloway County Public Library bring to you an original story of terror and suspense, of a dreadful monster that turns one slumber party into a nightmarish evening of fear and chaos, that twists the imagination toward the realm of the unknown, and a night none are sure to forget until their dying day. One would think that a night with a clown would be one filled with jolly and laughter, but not on this... "NIGHT OF THE FRANKENCLOWN!"

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Possible severe weather predicted for Halloween is prompting some changes for area trick-or-treating activities. The National Weather Service is warning storm systems moving upwards of 5o to 60 mph throughout the region this evening. A tornado watch is in effect until 1:00 a.m. 

Children look forward to the fun and excitement of Halloween, but the Kentucky Fire Commission says everyone should remember to celebrate safely.

The commission's is advising trick or treaters to Wear bright, reflective and flame-resistant costumes and add reflective tape to be visible to drivers.

'An Exhibit to Die For' at Pennyroyal Area Museum

Oct 28, 2013

Pennyroyal Area Museum Director Alissa Keller has "A Peek Inside the Casket: An Exhibit to Die For" and tells us about Christian County historian William T. Turner recounting the Legend of the Bell Witch on Halloween night.