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Anna Paquin
Forget Halloween. TV shows have thrills and chills all year-round
Forget Halloween. TV shows have thrills and chills all year-round

For years now, television has greeted the end of October by rolling out special Halloween-themed episodes and slasher fare, but never before has it seemed so absurd. Not because Halloween isn't socially significant — All Hallow's Eve became an official American holiday when some genius thought up candy-corn lights and fog machines went retail — but because it's redundant. On television, every night is Halloween. Vampires, zombies, witches and werewolves — the dimly menacing figures that once stalked our dreams now swarm our DVRs. Americans, grasping at ghost stories as fast as their multitudinous anxieties will let them, have made hits of scare-TV.. ...

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