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Halloween: Divinations

One of the most popular divinations – the spectre of a future love enters a lass’s farm’s stackyard at night, running round its circumference with her arms outstretched. Upon reaching full circle she would embrace the apparition of an unknown … Continue reading

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Halloween Reads: Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton

Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton Hardcover, 229 pages Published October 15th 2012 by Reaktion Books Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve … Continue reading

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31 Days of Halloween: Must Read–Trick or Treat A History of Halloween

Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary … Continue reading

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Halloween Special: Author Sean Cummings On Orange and Black Day

Notwithstanding he fact that Halloween seems to be a dying event in North America (many schools don’t do the Halloween thing – they have “Orange and Black Day” now) there’s still something special about October 31st. It might be due … Continue reading

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Halloween Reads: Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon

Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon by Cindy Ott Published: October 2012 Why do so many Americans drive for miles each autumn to buy a vegetable that they are unlikely to eat? While most people around the world … Continue reading

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31 Days of Halloween: History of the Jack O’Lantern and Stingy Jack

The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkin. Pumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and … Continue reading

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