From Haitian slaves to rare blood disorders and hallucinogenic plants, the mythologies of zombies, witches, vampires and werewolves are surprisingly complex.
In the modern era, the festival includes a bonfire and the throwing of bright powders. But critics warn it has a dark side.
The origins of April Fools' Day, a holiday celebrated by playing tricks on people and spreading hoaxes, are shrouded in mystery and lost to history. But there are a few good theories of how and why the first of April became a day of impish delight.
"Origins Vol. 1" features Slash, Lita Ford, Paul Stanley on tracks by Thin Lizzy, the Troggs, Free and more.