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In the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley, Dr. Frankenstein built his monster using body parts from different dead people, stitched and held together with nuts and bolts. He brought it to life by transferring the energy from a lighting storm into the monster. Dr Frankenstein was so horrified by his creation that he rejected it, leaving his monster to become lonely and shunned from society.

Book of Monsters

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Sphinx

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The Sphinx comes from Greek Mythology. She used to sit outside the entrance to the city of Thebes, waiting for travellers to pass through. If they weren’t able to solve her riddle she would devour them on the spot!

Hint: You probably walk through at least one of these every day!

Cerberus

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In Greek Mythology, Cerberus was the guard dog of the underworld. He sat at the gates of the Kingdom of Hades and ate anyone that tried to escape. He didn’t allow anyone to enter, but the mythic hero Orpheus managed to get past him by charming him with music.

Hint: A drooly, furry friend. You might not have a real one of your own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find one!

Vampire

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Originally from Eastern European folklore, vampires are undead creatures that feed on the “vital essence” of the living (this means blood!). They generally roam at night as the sun burns their skin and weakens their powers. A vampire’s reflection can never be seen.

Hint: This monster has no reflection, can you see your own?

Medusa

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According to Greek Mythology, Medusa was transformed into a monster by the Goddess, Athena. She was so hideous that anyone who gazed into her eyes would turn to stone. Perseus managed to defeat her by using a mirror to see her so he could chop off her head!

Hint: You might have to look outside on the ground or in the garden for this monster's hiding spot!

Yeti

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The Yeti lives high in the Himalayan mountains and has been featured in folklore across Nepal, Tibet, and India. As far as monsters go, he’s a bit of a hermit, however he can be incredibly cunning and ferocious if you happen to come across him when you’re hiking up in the mountains.

Hint: Where’s the coldest place in your home?

Frankenstein's Monster

Unknown Monster

In the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley, Dr. Frankenstein built his monster using body parts from different dead people, stitched and held together with nuts and bolts. He brought it to life by transferring the energy from a lighting storm into the monster. Dr Frankenstein was so horrified by his creation that he rejected it, leaving his monster to become lonely and shunned from society.

Hint: How do you let the sunlight in?

Werewolf

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One of the oldest mythical monsters, the werewolf first appeared in stories written almost 4000 years ago! A person that transforms into a wolf-like creature during a full moon, this monster originates from European Folklore. The transformation is also known as lycanthropy. How many famous werewolf characters can you name?

Hint: What do you use to tame your mane?

Ankou

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Also known as King of the Dead, the Ankou is part of French folklore and is known as the harbinger of death. When it’s your time, he’ll pull up to your house in his rattly old cart, ready to take you on your way. The French tale says that the last person in the village to die each year becomes the Ankou for the following year.

Hint: What do a lot of people use to get around town?

Jack O’Lantern

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The Jack O’Lantern is a recognisable part of Halloween each year, but do you know about Stingy Jack? Irish Legend says that Jack was a crook and a swindler - every time Death came for him he tricked his way out. When his time finally came he was banished from both Heaven and Hell and was left to wander the earth forever carrying a hollowed-out turnip with an ember in it to light his way. A pumpkin probably smells a bit better than a turnip right?!

Hint: How do you see where you’re going when you need the loo in the middle of the night?!

Ghost

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Ghosts are part of almost every cultural folklore and mythology. It is described as the imprint of a soul left behind in the physical world and commonly said to be of people who suffered violent or unnatural deaths, unable to pass to the next world. There are so many claims of ghost sightings around the world that many people believe these spirits are real and not just the stuff of legends.

Hint: You might use this to make a spooky Halloween costume!