The Haunted History of Halloween

The Haunted History of Halloween

DVD - 2005
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Join Harry Smith of CBS's The Early Show as he leads this 3,000-year expedition through the history of the characteristically pagan holiday of Halloween. Discover how the "trick-or-treat" custom originated during the harvest festivals in ancient Ireland when food and sweets were used to coax the dead into remaining in the spirit world. Learn how Christianity tried to co-opt the celebration by turning it into All Saints Day, but how the underlying-- and sometimes controversial-- dark elements of the holiday have survived
Publisher: [United States] : A&E Home Video, 2005, c1997.
ISBN: 9780767080552
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Apr 01, 2017

I think it is very informative.. to know how various customs evolve..

"Boo!" - Scary, eh?.... So, are you ready for Halloween, kiddies?... It's just around the corner, you know.

These days - With Halloween being a big deal with both children and adults, alike - This is the time of year when ghosts, goblins, monsters, and witches all come out of their closets and go around the neighbourhood trick-or-treating and, generally, getting into the spirit of a ritual that (according to this documentary) goes as far back as 3000 years.

Presented through the "History Channel" - This "Haunted Halloween" documentary covers the history of this ancient, pagan holiday where, as expected, even Christianity got into the act with "All Saints Day" in order to keep up with the times and to prove to their followers that they weren't a bunch of squares.

All-in-all - "Haunted Halloween" was, unfortunately, a noticeably low-budget production - But in its fast-paced, 50-minute running time it did manage to cover the history of Halloween quite thoroughly.

real_thing Nov 19, 2015

REAL STORY OF halloween

Oct 25, 2015

Considering that it's kind of an old movie, I think it did pretty well. I wasn't expecting so much accurate information on Samhain, and I'm pretty darn happy about that as a Pagan myself. Pretty basic, but hey! I never knew about the teens setting houses on fire in Detroit on Halloween before watching this, so that's pretty interesting.

Nov 08, 2012

I wanted it to be much better. Low production value visuals and graphics with hokey music (especially the opening). Too much focus on the modern day pagan festival which just seemed silly (actors might have helped here). There seemed to be some obvious and unfortunate omissions and missed opportunities for illustrating the tradition and nostalgia of modern day Halloween and what some of the key influences were. I'm not sure how a program on the history of Halloween can make no reference to Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts or 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'. I've seen the Halloween parade in NYC and it was pretty amazing. The footage in this program made it look like a mess. Much room for improvement.

Nov 01, 2012

Considering it's only 50 minutes long, it does a pretty good job of hitting all of the major turns in the history of Halloween.


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