While there is often conscious effort to turn our backs on and try to deny the "supernatural," most people also consciously attempt to make contact with the supernatural.

This is done so frequently that the act is natural in many cultures, according to Utah State University folklorists.Professionals in the folklore field will address such subjects as "Commercialization, Institutionalization and Gentrification of Halloween," the foods associated with spiritual events, icons and images, "Freud, Humor and the Occult," and Mormon stories and traditions dealing with the supernatural.

The Fife Conference, June 10-14, will not judge the supernatural but will approach why people continue to tell tales of the supernatural, Toelken said.

Registration can be arranged by contacting the Conference and Institute Division, USU, Logan, UT 84322.