In European folklore, the dead were alive … sort of.

An illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493). Public Domain.

In the Late Medieval Age of Europe, folklore belief was that the dead
sometimes got out of their graves to dance the night away.

A few accounts of these macabre dances have been passed down to us today, like the following ones.

“One time, the tower ward in Mals [a village in South Tyrol] looked down at the graveyard around midnight. He saw that the dead had crawled out of their tombs and were doing all kinds of dances …”

A tower ward (German: Türmer) was a person that watched over the village from a vantage point. As church towers…


Do you want to watch spooky Star Trek episodes for Halloween? No? Oh. Well here’s a list anyway.

Spooky encounter at the churchyard.

Sub Rosa

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 7, Episode 14.

Beverly Crusher attends the funeral of her grandmother on a planet that looks and feels just like spooky Scotland. Also, she has sexy time with a ghost. No, I’m not kidding.

You can tell Dr. Crusher has Scottish ancestry because she has red hair.

Catspaw

Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 2, Episode 7.

A crewman beams back from a planet. He is dead. An eerie voice emanates from the dead man’s mouth and…

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