Hal-low-een (n): an annual holiday observed on October 31. It has its roots in the Celtic festival Samhain and All Saints’ Day…
The night of ghost and ghouls, witches and warlocks, jack-o-lanterns and jokes inspires fear and creativity across the country year after year.
How did the modern Halloween tradition begin? What haunted traditions from the dark ages shape our celebration of the holiday today? How did an ancient harvest festival take such a terrifying turn? Watch The Haunted History of Halloween and trace the origins of the autumn holiday, from the Druids and Romans to the Monster Mash and Scream.
The swirling mists of cold autumn nights have inspired artists and poets for ages. The changing seasons, the uncertainty of the coming winter, the cold winds draw out tales of otherworldly, frightening experiences.
In American literature, no author gave a more powerful, haunting voice to these forces than Edgar Allan Poe. Poe pioneered the horror genre with such unsettling classics as The Raven and The Fall of the House of Usher.
After reading Poe’s work, encourage your students to craft their own horror stories, in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, just in time to spook their friends and teachers for Halloween.
Trick or Treat!
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