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Ghosts of Halloweens Past

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Hollywood has had a long love affair with ghosts. From the silent days on, there have been genuinely scary ghosts, and comic ghosts terrifying everyone from Laurel & Hardy to Bob Hope. In screwball comedies, it was standard for dead mates to return to haunt their spouses, as well as ghosts who came back in different bodies, like Joe in Heaven Can Wait and uber-romantic ghosts like Jamie in Truly Madly Deeply, and of course Patrick Swayze’s poignant Sam in Ghost. Here’s a bakers’ dozen of ghosts with good names. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Creepy Characters from Tim Burton Flicks

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Tim Burton is known for some of Hollywood’s quirkiest stories. From Beetlejuice to The Nightmare Before Christmas, they’re dark tales, perfect for Halloween, but funny, too. They’re also the source of some very memorable names – names that are just right for a child born around Halloween, or any time of the year. By Abby Sandel

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Horrors! It’s almost Halloween, which, in addition to everything else, gives us the opportunity to consider some scary names. This year, instead of looking at the usual monstrous character suspects—the ghosts and witches and evil spirits—we’re going to consider the real-life people who created and embodied the monsters, both on paper and on screen. And of course, it’s their distinctive names that get them in our own squeaky door.

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By Tara Ryazansky

The season is finally here.  That first twinge of cold weather makes most people run for pumpkin lattes, cute sweaters and apple picking, but I must admit I start thinking about Halloween by the end of August.  It’s the part of Autumn that I get most excited for.  The costumes, the decorations, the new release horror movies and the old ones playing on television.But it got me thinking, can a horror movie ruin a great baby name?  Lots of creepy character names have gotten more popular after gaining notoriety in scary films.  Damien, Gage, Regan and Samara all became more appealing to new parents despite belonging to evil children onscreen.  Which names can rise above those awful associations and which ones are unwearable because of them?

Damien- Damien Thorn, what a great sounding name.  Too bad it’s the name of evil incarnate!  At least it is in the 1976 movie The Omen, and in the 2006 reboot that they probably made just to drag a lovely name through the mud all over again!  The Omen is such a classic film that plenty of people think Damien is synonymous with Devil Child or Son of the Devil.  The name actually means to tame or subdue and it has lots of nicer namesakes.  Still, the Damian spelling might be a better choice unless you’re a horror fanatic.

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By K. M. Sheard of

In keeping with the season, here is an offering of my favorite ghostly names:

Alexander. One of the ghostly children of Lucy M. Boston’s Children of Green Knowe, who lived and died during the reign of King Charles II. The most famous Alexander is, of course, Alexander the Great.

Araminta. Although not actually a ghost, AramintaMintyCane travels in time and appears as a “ghost” to a boy in the eighteenth century, in Helen Cresswell’s children’s novel Moondial.

Banquo. The tragic figure of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, who was murdered by his erstwhile friend. The origin is uncertain, but even the historicity of the man is questioned. It is quite probable he was invented by a sixteenth-century Scottish academic.

Caspar. The perennial “friendly ghost,” first introduced to the world in 1945. Caspar started out as the Dutch form of Jasper, but has long been established in the English-speaking world too.

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