Halloween Sky Guide: 6 Eerie Sights to Haunt Your Night

A deadly giant and a cosmic sea monster are among the treats you can see on October 31.
Ghostly shapes seem to haunt this starry expanse in the constellation Cepheus, the king.
As all the little ghouls and goblins head into the dark in search of sweets, it’s worth looking up at the night sky this Halloween to catch some spooky stargazing treats.
If you know where and when to look, you can stare down a host of cosmic monsters lurking in the late autumn nights in the Northern Hemisphere.
Here are our picks for some of the creepiest celestial objects that are easy to find with nothing more than your unaided eyes or binoculars—if you dare to look.
 Earth’s sole natural companion, the moon is the largest and brightest object in the night sky, so it’s not surprising that it has been the source of countless scary stories in cultures around the world.
Centuries ago, the Aztec civilization in Mexico and the Maori culture of New Zealand had ominous legends associated with the moon. They believed that it would roam across the sky, stalking hapless individuals wandering out at night and gobbling them up. Cultures around the world also believed that the moon could drive people mad—the word “lunacy” is derived from the Latin moon goddess, Luna. (Find out how countries around the world are reacting to the spread of modern Halloween festivities.)
This Halloween night, the waxing gibbous moon will be hanging high in the southern sky, casting a pale, silvery light over costumed revelers.