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Scared by Spiders? Get Over It! You should be grateful to have Halloween’s creepiest creature around

Catherine Bartlett, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published by Scientific America. “Halloween is for celebrating the scary: imaginary monsters—ghouls, goblins and ghosts—along with real but scary-seeming creatures such as bats, black cats and spiders. It’s also the one time of year people buy fake cobwebs en masse and purposefully decorate with oversized arachnids.