4 days, my dearies. 4 days till witches fly, vampires bat, and worms crawl in and worms crawl out.
Not that I’m excited.
So, while researching games for the Brison Halloween Party this week, I stumbled across a resource that I just had to share with you. Because it’s kinda awesome.
Why have I never heard of this?!
The Book of Hallowe’en by Ruth Edna Kelley is a history of the origins of Halloween first published in 1919. Ms. Kelley was a librarian. So she rocked. And whether you celebrate Halloween or not, this book gives a short history of the religions, including Christianity, that have influenced the holiday. Starting with ancient peoples and moving forward through the early 20th century, Ms. Kelley gives us a little bit of a feel for where it all came from. Then she has chapters on the beliefs and customs of several European countries and America.
I read almost the entire book yesterday. It’s a quick, easy read even though it’s around 200 pages long. If you want to add it to your Halloween lessons, you can pick and choose chapters if you like. I think most of them would stand alone quite well. I mean, this is what we’re totally doing for school on Monday.
I only have 1 problem with The Book of Hallowe’en: It’s not currently for sale on Amazon for Kindle, even though it’s a public domain book.
What’s that about?
But don’t you worry, darlin.’ It’s a public domain book. Here’s a free pdf you can email to your Kindle or print out and enjoy.
Because I am not lame.
This isn’t a subscriber freebie, either, just click on the image and the pdf will download automatically. Enjoy!
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