Top Ten Tuesday: Ghostly winter reads

There is a contingent of readers and writers trying to bring back the Christmas tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireplace. After all, A Christmas Carol is really a ghost story, and Christmas does fall during the darkest time of the year. And with the Icelandic tradition jolabokaflod taking hold here too, a good stack of ghastly reads is just the thing for the season.


This appears to be the earliest recorded instance of trick-or-treating (as we know it) in North America: “The old time custom of keeping up Hallowe’en was not forgotten last night by the youngsters of the city,” reported the Kingston, Ontario Daily News  in 1866.  “They had their maskings and their marry-makings, and perambulated the streets after…