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  1. Halloween is one of the best times to get together and tell terrifying ghost stories. Whether it is a tale dreamed up by someone's vivid yet twisted imagination or a recollection of someone's experience with supernatural forces, ghost stories are a part of all cultures. Some stories have been around for ages, and many tell them without thinking about where they all started. Here are six of the most famous ghost stories and their possible origins. ✓ Bloody Mary Most of us heard the legend of Bloody Mary as young teens when someone told us how a person facing a mirror, holding a candle, and standing in a dark room (preferably a bathroom) chanting her name a set number of times, might encounter the terrifying ghost. The story mostly differs in how many times a person should chant ‘Bloody Mary’ and what happens afterwards. Some tell how the mirror drips with blood and how the participant will see the reflection of a bloody female standing behind them. Others say she will inflict harm on the participant by scratching them, attacking them, or trapping their souls in the mirror for eternity. As one of the most universal urban legends, the story of Bloody Mary has many variations and historians trace the story’s origin to multiple events from previous centuries. Some say its roots lie in the story of the first queen of England, Mary l. Others tie it back to Mary Worth from the Salem witch trials. The most horrifying story tied to the urban legend tells how a young girl was buried alive and tried to claw her way out of her grave. Her parent's realised the mistake too late, and after they unearthed her bloodied corpse, they checked for life by holding a mirror under her nose. Legend has it that although she was lifeless, there was fog on the mirror, but only because her spirit became trapped in it. Enjoy terrifying spins with Apollo Games and its horror slot game, Red Evil. ✓ Sleepy Hollow This fictional tale is one of the most enduring horror stories and one of the favourite choices among Halloween observers. Where did the story of the headless horseman come from, or was it merely a figment of Washington Irving's imagination? First published in 1819, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tells a story of a Dutch settlement near modern-day New York and how a headless horseman haunted the area. Two hundred years ago, Irving fled a pandemic of yellow fever rampant in his native region of New York and took refuge in the small town on the Hudson River, Tarrytown. This is also where the tale of Ichabod Crane and his untimely encounter with the headless horseman played out. Irving had a knack for dark comedy and dreamed up the legend of Sleepy Hollow, but it also spurred the belief in ghosts and the most famous Halloween story. The headless horseman was a deceased Dutch soldier, killed by a cannonball blow to the head and haunted the area each night in search of his skull. Ichabod's encounter with the headless horseman was the last night anyone saw him in Sleepy Hollow, and this tale inspired many to follow. Disney, Tim Burton, and others brought the legend to our screens in their reimagining of the legend. ✓ The Bell Witch The bizarre happenings recorded by the Bell family of Red River, Tennessee, between 1817 and 1821 remain unsolved. John Bell and his family lived a privileged life in Robertson County, Tennessee. Active members in their community and the local congregation, the Red River Baptists Church, and the Bells had a happy and successful life until 1817. While inspecting his corn field, Mr Bell spotted a strange creature sitting in a corn row. Frightened by the look of this half-dog, half-rabbit being, he shot at it, but it vanished. Following this event, the haunting of the Bell family started. Escalating from beating sounds on the outside walls of their log home to physical beatings on the children, the Bell family endured horrible events for the next three years. Friends and even a military General visited the Bell residence during the time of the hauntings to witness the family's bizarre claims of being haunted by a witch, and all came to the same conclusion. They never wanted to return or experience what they did at the Bell residence. Mr Bell became ill and eventually died. The story tells how he slowly withered and fell into a coma after the entity haunting them claimed to plot his demise. Shortly after his death, the haunting stopped, and the entity said it would return in 7 years. Records about encounters between John Bell junior and the Bell Witch, precisely 7 years later, include philosophical and religious discussions, and these were published approximately a century later. Enjoy bewitching spins on the new slot by R. Franco Games, Witches South. ✓ The Lost Colony of Roanoke This is not just a ghost story; it is one of the most prolific unsolved American mysteries in history. It also made recent waves in pop culture with a version of it told on the famous series American Horror Story. The events play out in 1587, during part of the Tudor reign in England, when Sir Walter Raleigh established the first British settlement on a small island off the coast of North Carolina. The community of approximately 107 included John White as the governor and his wife, daughter, and grandchild, but White's stay was interrupted by what should have been a brief visit to England for supplies. While in England, White got caught up in the Anglo-Spanish war for three years, and on his return to Roanoke, everyone vanished. The only thing left in the village was the fence that surrounded the now vanished buildings. White found one clue, though, a single wooden post with "Croatoan" carved into it. A nearby native American tribe, called the Croatoans, were not too thrilled about the English settlement and some argue that the village people were killed and buried the Roanoke residents. Others believe the villagers faced a drought and left the area for greener pastures. Some even debate that they must have taken to sea and got lost along the way. No one traced a single member of the lost colony, and centuries later, the events baffled investigators. ✓ Baba Yaga This terrifying creature comes from Slavic folklore, and the stories depict Baba Yaga as an elderly female with iron teeth. Baba Yaga has been the object of many Slavic children's worst nightmares, and the ogre-like being inspired many other horror characters. For those who do not know Baba Yaga, it may be easy to mistake her many portrayals as that of a witch. She has a deformed, pronounced nose, grey hair and a severely aged face. She lives in the Slavic woods in her hut that stands on chicken legs, and the door only reveals itself after a secret phrase is spoken. The fence surrounding the cabin has human skulls on top of it to scare off anyone that dares to come into her woods. Stories tell how many Slavic adults scared children by convincing them that Baba Yaga eats children with her long teeth. According to the ancient lore, Baba Yaga can fly in the giant mortar she steers with the pestle. According to folklore, Baba Yaga has two or three sisters, and she frequently accompanies Death on his travels to harvest souls and devours it. Players find horrifying scenery and magical creatures in Spinomenal's reimagining of the monstrous being. Play the Baba Yaga online slot for frightening spins inspired by this folklore. ✓ The Pontianak Talking about creepy female creatures lurking out of sight, Indonesian folklore features many nightmarish tales about ghosts and spirits. One of the culture's most prolific beings is the Pontianak. Most Southern Asian cultures see swamps as places where lost souls may get stuck; the most notorious is the Pontianak. According to legend, in Western Kalimantan, where the Kapuas and Landak Rivers cross, Pontianak spirits used to haunt the area. These vengeful, dark spirits take the form of a beautiful woman and lure men, children, and vulnerable souls as prey. Many believe these demonic beings are spirits of a woman who died in childbirth or violent death. Most agree that Pontianak are Indonesia's and Malaysia's most powerful evil spirits, as these vampire-like creatures eviscerate their victims with their long nails and then dine on their organs. The tales of these water monsters have inspired many movies in the Asian region and are also the reason many locals don't leave laundry out at night. It is said that the scent of drying laundry attracts Pontianak, and one can distinguish the presence of one through the smell of rotting flesh. Slots to Make You Scream If Halloween and all the terrifying sights that accompany it excites you, visit our Horror and Terror section to find the best slot entertainment. software providers worked hard this year to present the most horrific games to ensure this is the scariest Halloween ever.
  2. October is here, with trees turning stunning shades of red and orange and Starbucks making everything in pumpkin flavour. It is also the time of the year when those who enjoy dressing up as our alter-ego or some nefarious character have permission to do so. Those who celebrate Halloween in all its splendour and horror are preparing their costumes for dress-up parties. Whether you find the outfit's inspiration from a movie or other pop-culture source, you may wonder where some of the scariest stories originate. Let's unpack some horrifying folk legends that inspired the most popular character choices for Halloween dress-ups. Witches and Zombies and Clowns, Oh My! Each year countless people celebrate Halloween on 31 October through various festivals and neighbourly traditions. We know the holiday's origin dates back centuries to ancient Celtic traditions. Some tie it in with All Saints Day, a Catholic celebration, but where do the bone-chilling characters like zombies, werewolves, and the rest come from? These characters are still prevalent in pop culture and inspire multiple entertainment spheres, including online casino games. Here are the folk legends that inspired our monsters. ✓ Wicked Witches As central characters in any Halloween decorator's arsenal, witches are the most popular characters at any celebration of all Hallows eve. Whether from the East or the West, witches had a bad reputation early on, and history records trace witchcraft back to approximately 931 B.C. The earliest witches practised witchcraft through magic spells and calling on spirits for guidance or help in pressing matters. From biblical times, records of witches and witch hunts increased over the centuries. Historical records show that throughout Europe, Germany executed the most people suspected of witchcraft and Ireland the least. Modern-day witches exist, though we’ll be hard-pressed to find them wearing a pointy hat or flying on a broom. Today we see witches and wizards in stories such as Harry Potter, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and other entertaining tales where they are either evil or merely magical. We can also find Online Slots inspired by witches from nearly all good software providers, with Rags to Witches by Betsoft recently appearing on our screens. ✓ Blood-thirsty Vampires These evil, mythological beings embody a superstition that thrived in the Middle Ages and have its origins in Ancient Greek mythology. Ages before Edward Cullen stole Bella's heart, Slavic folklore inspired tales about the dead drinking the blood of the living. The bizarre beliefs stemmed from unexplained illnesses, which we know today were contagious diseases. But the idea led to grisly rituals to quell supposed vampirism. While the plague decimated entire towns, many believed it was the undead who rose from their eternal sleep and drank the blood of live humans, which led to continued deaths. In areas where this was the conviction of town folk if someone died and another fell ill shortly after, they performed horrible rituals on the corpse to stop it from preying on the living. Later in the 19th century, Bram Stoker wrote his epic novel Dracula. Inspired by the medieval ruler Vlad the Impaler, Stoker brought to life the modern-day vampire, inspiring countless stories about the immortal, blood-thirsty monsters. Pop culture has romanticised vampires through stories like Interview with a Vampire and Twilight, but the thought of coming face-to-face with a bloodsucking immortal remains bone-chilling. Enjoy jackpot-winning spins on Microgaming's vampire-inspired, Immortal Romance and the Mega Moolah edition. ✓ Werewolves Much ancient folklore or mythology includes half-man-half-beast creatures, but the metamorphous from man to wolf stems from ancient Greek and Norse tales. Some may recognise the name used in the Greek story from a Kate Beckinsale vampire movie franchise. According to Greek mythology, Lycaon, the son of Pelasgus, served Zeus, a sacrificed boy, as a meal. Enraged by the act, the god Zeus punished Lycaon by transforming him and his sons into wolves. Nordic folklore tells of a father and son who discovered wolf pelts with magic powers. In one of the stories in the Saga of the Volsungs, a father-son duo donned the furs, transforming them into wolves for 10 days. While on a killing spree, the father attacks his son, nearly killing him. Thanks to a raven who brought a healing leaf, the son survived. Real-life werewolves came to light in France during the sixteenth century when a few mad men claimed to have the power to transform into wolves. They used this as an explanation for the violent murders they committed. These men, and others claiming the same, were burned at stake for their crimes. Today, Hollywood again had a great influence on how we see werewolves. ✓ The Living-dead According to pop culture entertainment and maybe even the CDC, zombies will appear in our world, but these walking-dead beings have been part of folklore for centuries. Ancient Greeks had a fear of the undead, according to the findings of archaeologists. Graves with skeletons pinned down by heavy objects indicate a fear that the dead body may reanimate. But the strongest influence on the belief of zombies comes from Voodoo and Haiti. When sugar farmers brought countless enslaved people into Haiti from West Africa, the captives compared the brutal conditions they lived in with becoming walking dead people. Voodoo originates from Africa, and specific voodoo practitioners called Bokor can summon zombies. They do this by concocting a potion that contains tetrodotoxin. This deadly neurotoxin can cause a zombie-like state when used in small amounts. Pop culture appearances of these flesh-eating beings like The Walking Dead and World War Z created cult followings for all-things Zombie. Leading software providers like Pragmatic Play and Playtech jumped on the bandwagon and introduced their undead-inspired slots, Zombie Carnival and The Walking Dead. ✓ Mummies Although mummies exist, the film industry and people's wild imaginations took these embalmed corpses to a different level. Generally speaking, a mummy is a dried or preserved corpse of a human or animal. Most of us automatically think of Egyptian tombs and the mummified remains of ancient pharaohs when we talk about mummies. However, the practice of embalming or preserving a body is a widespread occurrence around the globe. All corpse preservation practises have the same goal: to keep as much skin intact as possible. Although many cultures use different mummification processes, most regard the priests from ancient Egypt as the masters of the practice. It was their skill that allowed Howard Carter to find the well-preserved remains of King Tutankhamun. Mummies and their social standing as horror-worthy characters emerged from a series of events, including fact and fiction. Bram Stoker once again has a hand in transforming mummies into monsters with his fictional novel The Jewel of the Seven Stars. However, The Mummy, the 1932 movie by Boris Karloff, propelled mummies into the monster category and paved the way for bandaged mute beings in the Hollywood horror genre. ✓ The Prince of Darkness This malevolent being has a legion of demons to help him with his sinister plots and torment of good people. Also known as Satan, the devil, lucifer, and a few other ancient names, books describe this being as having horns and hooves instead of feat. According to the Christian religion and biblical records, Satan’s origins date to the beginning of time. The devil’s role in most religions takes on the same evil presence as in the bible, although the names other cultures use differs. His numerous names include Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Baphomet, Molech, and the Father of Lies. Satan has ties with most evil tales, and those who practise the religions he shows up in will tie all the above monsters back to him and his devious demons. Satan is also the ruler of the underworld, known as hell, and even those who don't practise religion tie him to immorality, fear, and damnation. The devil also shows up in the origins of jack-o'-lanterns. According to an Irish myth, Stingy Jack tricked the devil, and because of his greedy heart, Jack wasn't allowed into Heaven. Because he tricked Satan, he wasn't welcome in hell either, and his spirit dwelled on earth. Irish folk started carving demonic faces into turnips to frighten away Jack's spirit, and so the tradition began. ✓ Creepy Clowns Although these strange characters traditionally bring laughter and silliness to those around them, clowns became a symbol of evil and fright long before Stephen King's novels existed. Clowns, jesters, or harlequins are age-old tricksters, and so is the fear of make-up-clad entertainers. We can trace the origins of clowns back to ancient civilisations, where leaders such as pharaohs and emperors enjoyed the performance of jesters at their own expense. Some ascribe the unnatural fear people have for clowns to their satiric characters that hold a mirror to the audience. Perhaps it is the truth they show in a joking manner that frightens people. Other intellectuals ascribe the macabre link with clowns to the early writings of Charles Dickens about a real-life clown from the 19th century, Grimaldi. Grimaldi's story, and that of other clowns from his era, could be the inspiration behind Stephen King's sinister novel, and this is where most modern-day fears of clowns come from. Another influence for horrifying clown personas is the American serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who posed as a clown named Pogo and murdered 35 young men between 1972 and 1978. What Nightmares are Made of If one of the above tales motivated you to dress like the monstrous characters in it, you would be one of the scariest guests at the Halloween party. While we get ready for some nightmare-worthy social gatherings at the end of October, look at more horror-themed video slots from top software providers and keep an eye out for new game releases in the coming weeks.
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