Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Isabelle Odeh

The spookiest day of the year, Halloween is a holiday that is celebrated every October 31st. This holiday originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Otherwise known as All Hallows Eve, Halloween evolved into a day of activities such as trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, gatherings, eating treats, and wearing costumes.

The Celts believed that this day marked the end of summer and the beginning of the winter. They also believed that this was the night that the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and the dead would return to Earth, which they celebrated and called Samhain.

The Celts would build huge sacred bonfires where people gathered to burn crops and sacrifice animals to the Celtic deities. They would wear costumes made of animal heads, and skins and attempt to tell each other’s fortunes. They would re-light their hearth fires, which had been extinguished earlier in the night, from the sacred bonfire which they believed would help protect them during the coming winter.

As Halloween came to America, many did not celebrate due to the ties to the Protestant belief system in place. Halloween was more common in the southern colonies. They believed this was a way to celebrate the new harvest and public events called “play parties'' were held in their honor. People would share stories of the dead and tell each other fortunes. As it continued to evolve, Halloween became a holiday in which we celebrate by getting candy and dressing up in costumes.

Here are some items in our collection to make your Halloween grand!

Children’s Books:

Halloween: 300 spooky facts to scare you silly by National Geographic

300 facts about Halloween.

Halloween by May Harte

Provides an introduction to the history and current celebration of Halloween.

Halloween by Gail Gibbons

Presents the many traditions associated with the Halloween holiday, including making jack-o’-lanterns, wearing costumes, trick-or-treating, and telling scary stories.

Youth Books

Full Moon Halloween by R.L. Stine

Tristan thinks the Halloween party his teacher, Mr.Moon, is having will be boring, but it turns out to be a terrifying experience.

Halloween Costumes by Singer

Some Halloween costumes for you to try out!

DVDs

Nicktoons Halloween: 6 tales of Fright

Bubble, bubble, there’s toil and trouble this Halloween when this cast of characters takes to the streets for candy and treats.

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween

Dora and Boots share a Halloween filled with adventure, including a spooky journey where they encounter Little Monster, take a wild broomstick ride, and try to find their way out of a pumpkin patch.

Halloween

With Michael set on killing a group of high school students, Loomis gets the hesitant town sheriff to help him stop Michael before it’s too late.

Boo 2!: a Madea Halloween

Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.

 

References:

https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween