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The Pagan Mysteries Of Halloween

Author: Jean Markale
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1594776792
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A comprehensive examination of the rituals and philosophies of the Celtic holiday of Samhain, the inspiration for Halloween. • Presents the true meaning of this ancient holiday and shows how contemporary observances still faithfully reflect the rituals of pagan ancestors. • Explains why this holiday, largely confined to the English-speaking world since the advent of Christianity, has spread throughout the rest of Europe over the last two decades. One of humanity's most enduring myths is that the dead, on certain nights of the year, can leave the Other World and move freely about the land of the living. Every year on October 31, when the children of the world parade through the streets dressed as monsters, skeletons, and witches, they reenact a sacred ceremony whose roots extend to the dawn of time. By receiving gifts of sweets from strangers, the children establish, on a symbolic plane that exceeds their understanding, a fraternal exchange between the visible world and the invisible world. Author Jean Markale meticulously examines the rituals and ceremonies of ancient festivities on this holiday and shows how they still shape the customs of today's celebration. During the night of Samhain, the Celtic precursor of today's holiday, the borders between life and death were no longer regarded as insurmountable barriers. Two-way traffic was temporarily permitted between this world and the Other World, and the wealth and wisdom of the sidhe, or fairy folk, were available to the intrepid individuals who dared to enter their realm. Markale enriches our understanding of how the transition from the light to the dark half of the year was a moment in which time stopped and allowed the participants in the week-long festival to attain a level of consciousness not possible in everyday life, an experience we honor in our modern celebrations of Halloween.

Witch S Halloween

Author: Gerina Dunwich
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440516642
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Llewellyn S Little Book Of Halloween

Author: Mickie Mueller
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738758302
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This fun, pocket-size book shares everything you need to know to celebrate the festival when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Filled with crafts, recipes, spells, tutorials, and other unique ideas, this little book will help you make the most out of this special time of year. Explore how Halloween was celebrated throughout history, from harvest festivals and the Celtic new year through All Souls Day and trick or treating. Discover décor ideas for the home or garden, and learn how cats, bats, ghosts, skeletons, and other popular symbols became associated with Halloween. This book is a must have for anyone who already loves Halloween or for anyone who wants to know how to mark the day with a witchy twist.

Halloween Nation

Author: Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
ISBN: 1455615676
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"A sophisticated yet playful celebration of all things macabre, morbid and marvelous . . . Bannatyne makes a great case for celebrating Halloween everyday, all year long. . . . It's an energetic, thorough and breathless salute to everyone's favorite horror holiday." -Chris Alexander, editor in chief, Fangoria magazine "No one else has delved so deeply-and lovingly-into the mysteries of Halloween." -Dr. Jeanne Keyes Youngson, president and founder, the Vampire Empire It took two years of investigative work for Halloween authority Lesley Pratt Bannatyne to add a fifth book to her collection. Traveling across the country, she visited and talked with fanatics and fang makers, professional haunters, registered mediums, psychologists, and Halloween enthusiasts ranging from NPR's Garrison Keillor to Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror" writer Mike Reiss to find out what the increasingly popular holiday means to people and how they celebrate it. Through the course of her research, Bannatyne attended a seance for Houdini, a Samhain ritual gathering, a World Zombie Day event, and the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention (HAuNTcon). Diving right into the heart of how fear turned into a form of entertainment, she asks hard-hitting questions: What kind of community does twenty-first-century Halloween create? Why are we so afraid of dead bodies? In the battle between Christmas and Halloween fought by Zombie Clauses, who deserves to win?

Halloween Hallowed Is Thy Name

Author: Rev. Dr. Eddie J. Smith
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1449757162
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Halloween has been referred to as the Devil’s holiday, but all 365 1/4 days were created by and belong to Jesus. If Satan usurps even one day it is our Christian duty and responsibility to reclaim and redeem it in the name of our Lord. Are the imaginary ghouls and goblins of Halloween any more wicked than the jolly elf called Santa Claus, or the Easter bunny? Should the Church stop celebrating these holy days, the bookends of our faith, as well? Instead of battling the spiritual enemy on Halloween, the Church is guilty of crossing swords with one another. We fight among ourselves, not about “how” to celebrate Halloween, but whether it should even be observed. Jesus is more the “reason for the season” on Halloween than He is at Christmas. The Church must realize it is forfeiting Halloween as an opportunity to glorify the Prince of Peace, the One who has given us the victory over the “prince of darkness” and his evil minions. The Way, the Truth and the Life has conquered Death and the grave. By dressing up in costumes and portraying frightening creatures who at one time caused us to fear and tremble, we are not glorifying Satan. Rather, we are poking fun at the Serpent whose kingdom has been plundered by our Savior, and whose head has been crushed! Should we celebrate Halloween? The question is, “How can we not?” Halloween, Hallowed is Thy Name offers a believer confidence and joy in expressing the greeting “Happy Halloween.”

Halloween

Author: Silver RavenWolf
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 1567187196
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Offers a witch's perspective on Halloween and shares recipes, spells, Halloween superstitions, and rituals to honor the dead

The Halloween Tree

Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0553512706
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Story originally published: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972.

The Book Of Halloween

Author: Ruth Edna Kelly
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1291098437
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This book is intended to give the reader an account of the origin and history of Hallowe'en, 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 Hallowe'en ideas. Those who wish suggestions for readings, recitations, plays, and parties, will find the lists in the appendix useful, in addition to the books on entertainments and games to be found in any public library. Special acknowledgment is made to Messrs. E. P. Dutton & Company for permission to use the poem entitled "Hallowe'en" from "The Spires of Oxford and Other Poems," by W. M. Letts; to Messrs. Longmans, Green & Company for the poem "Pomona," by William Morris; and to the Editors of The Independent for the use of five poems.

Death Of A Trickster

Author: Kate Borden
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425199466
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The annual pumpkin float race ends with a ghastly discovery. It's up to Peggy Turner to solve the mystery.