The History of Halloween (Illustrated)by Ruth Edna Kelly
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
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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 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 halgena m�ssed�g, 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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I usually enjoy factual history books but this one was so dry that by page 30, I just could not go on. It is a very rared occurrence for me not to finish a book. This one seemed to have a lot of poetry mixed in that just didn't seem to have anything to do with Halloween. The author would have been better off if the facts re: Halloween from the beginning of time onward would have just simply been stated. It was as if the author was trying to make the book longer by adding too much information that just didn't seem to belong. It just didn't work for me. I found it utterly boring. The only reason I gave it 2 stars rather than one was due to the good illustrations. The pictures are at the very back of the book.