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Our Eight Best Halloween Stories

Be warned: There be ghosts here.
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For a magazine dedicated to stories about social justice, we’ve published quite a few yarns about a day that’s become synonymous with free candy. And yet, our Halloween offerings don’t include just the obvious stuff like stories about exorcists, clairvoyants, and cults: We’ve also published deep dives into the torture porn genre, a look at how a trusty dog can help ease a writer’s crippling, anxiety-induced paranoia, and a father’s reflections on trick-or-treating with his special-needs son.

Which gets to the deeper nature of our magazine’s thing for Halloween: Underneath all the scares, the day marks a fitting occasion to tell stories about human beings learning to deal with the difficulties life throws their way—a narrative that falls squarely in our wheelhouse.

So: Take a break from the Friday the 13th marathons and try these stories. I promise they’ll leave you in a state of deeper reflection—and, in some cases, yes, fear—than even the deftest movie about a machete-wielding man-creature might.

And hey, if those stories leave you too afraid to even look in the mirror, here’s one about pet monkeys.

Happy Halloween, everyone.