The History of Halloween (Illustrated) [NOOK Book]

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This edition of The History of Halloween comes complete with a Bieber Touch-or-Click Table of Contents, divided by each Chapter, and the Bieber Halloween Image Collection, a myriad of spooky and colorful religious images.

This book is intended to give the reader an account of the origin and history of Halloween, how it absorbed some customs belonging to other days in the ...
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The History of Halloween (Illustrated)

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Overview

This edition of The History of Halloween comes complete with a Bieber Touch-or-Click Table of Contents, divided by each Chapter, and the Bieber Halloween Image Collection, a myriad of spooky and colorful religious images.

This book is intended to give the reader an account of the origin and history of Halloween, how it absorbed some customs belonging to other days in the year, such as May Day, Midsummer, and Christmas. The context is illustrated by selections from ancient and modern poetry and prose, related to Halloween ideas.

Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" refers to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. In some parts of Scotland children still go guising. In this custom the child performs some sort of trick, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story, to earn their treats.

Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.

Dressing up in costumes and going "guising" was prevalent in Scotland at Halloween by the late 19th century. Costuming became popular for Halloween parties in the US in the early 20th century, as often for adults as for children. The first mass-produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s when trick-or-treating was becoming popular in the United States.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013290259
  • Publisher: Bieber Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 413 KB

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