- Candy Has a Shelf Life
Candy can go bad--especially if it's made of chocolate. Learn more from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Halloween Food Safety
Party food safety advice from the manager of the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline.
- Halloween Food Safety Tips
Steps to help your children have a safe Halloween, and tips for Halloween parties, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- Halloween Health and Safety Tips
Tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.
- Halloween Safety Tips
Stay safe this Halloween with safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Makeup Safety
Help keep your fun from leaving you with a rash, swollen eyelids, or other grief.
- Stay Safe and Healthy This Halloween
Ideas for safe costumes, healthy treats, safe trick-or-treating, and staying active this Halloween, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Halloween Facts and Fun
- Halloween Around the World
Festivals commemorating the dead can be found in many cultures. Learn more from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Halloween at the White House
Photos of White House Halloween festivities from years past.
- Halloween Capital of the World
Did you know that Halloween has a capital? Find out where, from the Library of Congress.
- Halloween Night Fun
How one GovGab blogger likes to celebrate Halloween.
- Halloween Night Revenge
How one GovGab blogger put the "trick" in "trick or treat."
- Halloween-Related Statistics
How many millions of pounds of pumpkins are produced each year in the U.S.? And how many pounds of candy does an American eat annually? The U.S. Census Department knows.
- Personal Recollections of Halloween
Halloween recollections from a GovGab blogger.
Especially for Kids
- Halloween-Related Patents
The Little Shop of Patent and Trademark Horrors--an online exhibit of the somewhat macabre, gruesome, and fantastic.
- Halloween Word Scramble Game
Unscramble the letters to find out how you can stay safe while trick-or-treating. (.PDF | requires Adobe Acrobat Reader )
- Send a Halloween E-Card
Choose from six different Halloween e-cards, including a spooky cat, Frankenstein, and the Germ Monster.
- Spooky Space Sounds
Elusive sounds of howling planets and whistling helium that are sure to make your skin crawl, from NASA.
History of Halloween
- Halloween Folklore
Essay on the history of Halloween from the American Folklife Center.
- Halloween History
How did Halloween get its name? Why do we carve jack-o-lanterns? Find out, from the U.S. Department of State.
- Halloween History and More
Information and links on Halloween, from USA.gov.
- Today in History: October 31
Read about 19th-century Halloween pranks, see historic images, and hear spooky songs from days gone by.