As Halloween draws near, spooky happenings and ghost stories abound. But for Allyson McOuat, a writer in Toronto, eerie visitations became a year-round phenomenon when she moved into a three-story Victorian house that had been owned by a couple who died tragically.

Ms. McOuat tried to ignore the flickering lights and the empty rocking chair that moved on its own, and her wife attempted to ward off evil spirits with sage. However, while caught in their web of strange occurrences, they failed to notice the looming distance between them that threatened to end their relationship.

Gone are the days when talking politics is considered taboo on a first date. With the current racial and political climate in the United States, differing views have become deal breakers. Many singles have expressed that political compatibility is now high on the list of qualities they seek in a potential partner.