Need a Last-Minute Costume Idea? Check Out This 18th Century Demonology Book

If you’re searching for a Halloween costume, you may want to dive back in time. What’s more frightening than creepy demons from the 18th century? If a compendium of demonology is any indication, absolutely nothing. The Public Domain Review gathered together some of the most monstrous images from Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros or, in English, A rare summary of the entire Magical Art by the most famous Masters of this Art.

Written in German and Latin, the 1775 book is clearly designed to fool readers into thinking it’s an older text, since the title page declares that it’s from 1057. The demons inside are timelessly creepy, though, and it’s a collection that’s sure to provide you with some scary inspiration. Check out a few of our favorites, like this buff and jaunty intellectual goat (?) demon and his freaky pals:

A jaunty demon stands with a pitchfork over his shoulder wearing glasses.
A demon’s mouth contains a scene with tiny people shaking hands.

A man screams as a giant demon with a bird’s head grabs him by the hair.

A part-ram demon is wrapped in snakes.

A lion’s body has a dragon, a person, and a rat for its three heads.

Explore more of the book on the Wellcome Library's website.

[h/t The Public Domain Review]

All images from Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, Wellcome Library // Public Domain

The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Each State

If you've ever argued that no one actually likes candy corn, you're probably not from Alabama, Iowa, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, or Rhode Island. The controversial confection is a favorite treat among residents in those states, according to sales data from online candy retailer CandyStore.com.

As they've done for more than a decade, the bulk candy retailer combed through 11 years of data (with a particular focus on the months leading up to All Hallows' Eve) to gauge America’s top-selling sweets. They created the interactive map below to display their results.

Source: CandyStore.com.

In addition to the divisive—yet classic—candy corn, Skittles, M&Ms, Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Starburst were among the nation's favorite candies. Hot Tamales, Tootsie Pops, Jolly Ranchers, and Sour Patch Kids have all earned some candy lovers' devotion, too.

Some states are unique in their top candy choices: Mississippi was the only state to name 3 Musketeers the best, while Connecticut opted for Almond Joy and West Virginia showed their love of Blow Pops. Meanwhile, trick-or-treaters in Kentucky have a sweet tooth for Swedish Fish, Louisianans love Lemonheads, and Delawareans would die for Life Savers.

After seeing which treat is number one in your state, check out the chart below to learn how many pounds of each top-ranking candy are consumed in each state (and then go buy a new toothbrush).

Source: CandyStore.com

Six Flags St. Louis Is Daring Guests to Spend 30 Hours in a Coffin

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Six Flags St. Louis is inviting six guests to stay in the park for 30 straight hours this Halloween season. The only catch: Instead of riding roller coasters, they'll be spending over a full day inside a coffin, WATE reports

As the name suggests, the theme park's Fright Fest 30-Hour Coffin Challenge dares thrill-seekers to experience what it's like to live like the undead. On Saturday, October 13 at 1 p.m., the six chosen participants will crawl into the "slightly used" 2-by-7-foot caskets they'll call home until 7 p.m. the next day.

Compared to being buried alive, the challenge sounds downright cozy. The surrogate cadavers are free to bring pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags into their coffins to make their stay more comfortable. They will be allowed one six-minute bathroom break per hour, and meals, snacks, and drinks will be provided. The coffins have been outfitted with phone charging stations, so inhabitants can Instagram their experiences from the other side.

The challenge will take place during Fright Fest, Six Flags's Halloween celebration, so participants will have to put up with random visits from the 'Fright Fest Freaks' roaming the park. But if they can endure all that, they will be rewarded. Contestants who remain in their coffin for the full 30 hours, not including bathroom breaks, will receive two Six Flags 2019 season passes, a Fright Fest prize package with two VIP haunted house passes, and two tickets to ride the park's haunted train ride. The remaining participants will also be entered into a random drawing to win a $300 prize. And best of all—everyone who completes the challenge gets to take their coffin home with them.

If you're interested in spending one of your October weekends in a coffin, you can enter to participate in the competition by filling out this form and submitting it before midnight on October 3.

[h/t WATE]

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