A fan dressed as Michael Jackson's zombie character participates in the 2009 "Thrill the World: A Global Tribute to Michael Jackson" in Astoria Park in the Queens section of New York.

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The 'Thriller' Dance, A Halloween Tradition

"Michael contacted me and he just wanted to turn into a monster," says director John Landis.

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The Songs That Scare

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The Songs That Scare

Forget "Monster Mash" — this Halloween, All Songs Considered puts aside kitschy tales of ghosts and goblins to focus on music that is truly, deeply terrifying.

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8 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Zombies

Zombies, it seems, are everywhere these days, so we've hauled in an expert to prepare us for the invasion.

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The former administrative building of the Pennhurst State School and Hospital is now the main location for the Pennhurst Asylum, a Halloween haunted event in Spring City, Pa. Coburn Dukehart/NPR hide caption

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Vegetable seller Olesya Vladymyrovna, 55, holds a pumpkin at a market in Lviv, Ukraine. For centuries in the Eastern European nation, a pumpkin meant: "No, I will not marry you." David Greene/NPR hide caption

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Ninety-year-old Sid Radner has had a lifelong fascination with Harry Houdini and tries to contact the escape artist and magician every year on Halloween at the Official Houdini Seance. StoryCorps hide caption

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Beyond The Grave: Contacting Houdini

A lifelong Houdini fan, 90-year-old Sid Radner has been holding seances every year on Halloween, the anniversary of the magician's death, to try to contact him.

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Jordan (Victoria Justice) and Hunter (Chase Ellison) get a good scare in Nickelodeon's new feature The Boy Who Cried Werewolf. Michael Courtney/Nickelodeon hide caption

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