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The Book of Halloween

The Witch of the Walnut-Tree Illustration from The Book of Hallowe'en

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.

The Book of Halloween by Ruth E. Kelley

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.

Lame.

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!

The Book of Halloween by Ruth E. Kelley

Download The Book of Hallowe’en by Ruth  E. Kelley

 

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.

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