DEAR SCIENCE: Why am I so afraid of clowns?

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Every human being experiences fear in one way or another. Fears can be totally subjective: they range from clowns, to dark hallways, to abandoned buildings, and even to different foods that touch each other on your dinner plate (the horror). But getting to the bottom of why humans respond with fear to different stimuli is […]


What’s Halloween like in Germany?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Marina Schmidt is an international student from Germany studying at Memorial University of Newfoundland. When I grew up, I didn’t really know about Halloween, besides an occasional mention in American movies and TV shows. October 31 is a Protestant holiday in Germany, known as Reformation Day. It is also only celebrated in the provinces of […]


DIY Jello Shot Worms

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

I don’t know about you, but Halloween is my favourite drinking holiday of the year. So if you’re planning a weird Halloween party, I’ve got the perfect thing: Jello Shot Worms. What you need: – One pack of Jello – Plastic straws -Elastic band – Vodka (or other liquor) Now, I know you know how […]


ORIGINAL STORY: The Fate of Toto

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

This week, the Muse is publishing students’ original Halloween-themed creative writing. To submit a story/poem/essay, email There are so many to choose from. Slutty Little Red Riding Hood, Slutty Alice, Slutty Queen of Hearts, Tinkerbell. You, of course, choose Slutty Dorothy. The costumes don’t come with wigs, despite costing more than your electricity bill, […]


My ever-changing relationship with horror

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

When I was a kid, I was a fiend for horror. It didn’t matter if it was horror comics, novels, television shows or films, I was into it. From kid-friendly TV shows and novels like Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? to campy and gruesome horror films from the 70s, 80s and 90s […]



Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

This week, the Muse is celebrating the season with original Halloween-themed creative writing. Submit your stories/poems/miscellaneous pieces to chief@themuse. Mother opened the window again last night. She doesn’t understand what’s out there. I do. I understand all too well what a horrifying place the world is. That’s why I never left her house. She needs […]


Halloween candy that sucks

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Junk food makes Halloween awesome, but we all know that some candy just doesn’t make the grade. In all seriousness, I’m still going to fill my face with it until my tongue is a raw and covered with tiny sores – but let’s take a look at some of the treats that you just don’t […]



Monday, October 27th, 2014

As part of our seasonal celebrations, this week the Muse is publishing students’ original Halloween-themed creative writing. To submit a story/poem/etc., email So I’m sitting in math class and doodling in my workbook. Mostly pumpkins, because it’s going to be Halloween soon. Dennis, the boy who sits beside me, passes me a note. It […]


Pumpkins are for more than carving: Pumpkin Soup

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Pumpkins are delicious, nutritious, versatile, and cheap. Depending on the size of pumpkin you have, it can be stretched out over several meals. Everything but the stem poking out of the top is edible. Most recipes using pumpkin require its rind to be removed before cooking, but even that is edible, though generally too tough […]


Paul Davis talks party, policy, and youth issues (Exclusive interview)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

This past week, the Muse had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Davis, our new Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. Here’s what he had to say: On: Uniting the PC Party “The delegate process can be a really tough one, from the meetings to the convention. When you back a certain candidate, it starts […]