Celebrate Halloween with a real-life mummy, cursed park, and full-time witch

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On April 22, 1977, Elmer McCurdy was buried under two feet of concrete in Oklahoma to ensure that no one would steal or exhibit him again. Graphic by Evan Solano/KCRW.

Elmer McCurdy had a troubled life and died in a shoot-out. His body got embalmed, became part of a traveling crime museum, then was bought by an amusement ride operator. 

LA’s Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, and urban legend claims that it wouldn’t exist without a twisted 18th-century curse. 

Sometimes called the “Pagan version of Halloween,” Samhain is a time to soothe and be soothed by the “unquiet spirits” of ancestors past.