The púca (plural púcaí) is a shapeshifter of Norse and Celtic folklore. Considered to be bringers both of good and bad fortune, púcaí could help or scare members of human farming communities. Other names for Pooka include púca, phouka, phooka, phooca, puca, plica, phuca, pwwka, pookha or púka. Form According to legend, the púca is … Read more

The Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman is a legendary creature harbinger of death in European, Indian and American folklore. The figure is traditionally depicted as a man upon horseback who is either carrying his head, or is missing his head altogether, and is searching for it. Headless horseman in Irish Folklore In Irish folklore, the horseman is referred … Read more


A scarecrow is a life-sized effigy of a human being, traditionally used by farmers and propped up inside of a corn field to “scare crows” (as well as other birds ) from eating their crops. Traditionally, a scarecrow is put together using baggy clothes such as jeans, overalls and flannel and stuffed with straw. The … Read more

Stingy Jack

Stingy Jack, also known as Jack the Smith, Drunk Jack, Flaky Jack , Monstrous Jack or Jack-o’-lantern, is a folkloric character sometimes associated with Halloween while also acting as the mascot of the holiday. In 1851, Hercules Ellis presumably wrote and published “The Romance of Jack-o’-Lantern,” a romantic poem, in poetry anthology The Rhyme Book. … Read more

The Pumpkin Man

The Pumpkin Man is a umbrella term for a number of different creatures. The carved pumpkin head is most commonly used for the Headless Horseman, but a Jack-o’-Lantern man is very common. It is also the name of a 1998 TV movie where the Pumpkin Man is a similar demon to Krampus. The novel The … Read more

Evil clowns

History of malevolent clowns Clowns have appeared in most cultures since the beginning of recorded history. The earliest documented clowns go back to ancient Egypt, some time around 2500 to 2400 BCE. In ancient imperial China, a court clown called YuSze was, according to the lore, the only guy who could poke holes in Emperor … Read more

The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt or chasse sauvage is a pack of spectres and demons, usually as hunters on horses, sometimes accompanied by hounds which used to crawl in the sky at night to gather the departed souls. A tumultuous racket of pounding hooves, howling dogs and raging winds usually announce them and for those who had … Read more