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Halloween
Halloween: The History of America's Darkest Holiday | David J. Skal
241 posts | 4 read | 4 to read
Wonderfully well-written, outrageous, and provocative." Booklist. "Entertaining and scholarly Like a bag of Halloween candy, the book is a lot of fun." Boston Globe. "Fans of cultural history will devour each chapter like a toothsome treat." Christian Science Monitor. Acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal explores one of America's most perplexingly popular holidays in this original mix of personal anecdotes and social analysis. Skal traces Halloween's evolution from its dark Celtic history and quaint, small-scale celebrations to its emergence as mammoth seasonal marketing event. Skal takes readers on a cross-country survey that covers remarkably divergent perspectives, from the merchants who welcome a money-making opportunity that's second only to Christmas to fundamentalists who decry Halloween a form of blasphemy and practicing witches who embrace it as a holy day. He also profiles individuals who revel in this once-a-year occasion to participate in elaborate fantasies. Their narratives, combined with the author's cultural analysis, offer a revealing look at an intriguing aspect of our national psyche.
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cleoh
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@jhod the postcard finally arrived! I love it 🥰😍💕

#nightmareswap @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 1w
jhod So sorry it took so long !! X 1w
cleoh @jhod @LibrarianRyan I‘m just happy it arrived unscathed! We had our first big snow here the other day! 1w
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LA_Mead
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Look what just showed up in the mail!!! How lovely! Thank you @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ! That is so sweet of you! #poutinepenpals

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That took a long time. Happy it found it's way home. 🖤🧡 2w
LA_Mead ☺️ 2w
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Oryx
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Thanks for the card and bookmark @TrishB 😀🎃
How was your trip?

TrishB You‘re welcome 👍🏻 very tiring! Having an extra day off today, back to the grind tomorrow. 2w
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hes7
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Happy #Halloween! Is it really the end of October already? Well, I guess that means it‘s time for wrap-ups....

1. 71
2. Pumpkinheads
3. Ghostbusters
4. The Scattergories-like ones
5. Watched This Is Us with my roommate while handing out candy (to the ten-ish kids that showed up)

+1 for #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #ChillingPhotoChallenge

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TheReadingMermaid
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And for my last movie of the #Scarathlon

4pts for #TeamStoker
#Scarathlon

Kimberlone Very appropriate 👌🏼 3w
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Ddzmini
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Have a great trick or treat 👻 🎃🧙🏽‍♀️🧟‍♂️🧛🏼‍♂️🤴🏼👨🏽‍🚒👩🏼‍✈️🧜🏽‍♀️💀☠️🤡👽🤖

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Chrys
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#Nightmareswap Thank you so much for the books and goodies, I am wearing the socks now 🐈🎃
@LibrarianRyan @Pogue

LibrarianRyan I‘ll be interested what you have to say about the Attrocities. 3w
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overtheedge
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Happy Halloween!!👻☠💀🧛‍♀️🦹‍♀️🦸‍♀️🧙‍♀️🧟‍♀️🧜‍♀️🎃♥️💥
Day 31#scarathon #teamslaughter @Clwojick #chillingphotochallenge halloween

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CaroPi
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1. Cat teeth
2. Pumpkin nose
3. Spider
4. Right eye of the cat
5. The leaves in the left

#TeamSlaughter

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Clwojick
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Eeeee! I just came across this adorable #FindTheDifferences game on Instagram, and I couldn‘t not share it with the team! I‘ll give you 10 points per difference you find! There should be at least 5! Repost, and hit that spoiler button!

Go #TeamSlaughter!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

rsteve388 Spider on the basket and fangs on the cat! 3w
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Stacypatrice On bottom photo: 1. Kitty has different color eyes 2. Kitty has fangs 3. Spider hanging from leaf 4. Heart is missing in background to left 5. Jack-o-lantern is missing his nose. 3w
Linsy Spider, pumpkin nose, yellow leaf on the left, cat‘s eye and cat‘s fangs! 3w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Cat has fangs and missing an eye on the bottom picture. The pumpkin is missing it‘s nose in the bottom picture. A spider hanging from the leaf on the bottom. More leaves in the background on the top picture. 3w
Liatrek 1. The cats eye color
2. The spider is not hanging in both
3. The pumpkin has no nose
4. The cats teeth are showing in one
5. A leave is missing in the back of the second pic
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tjwill Cat‘s fangs, one eye a different color, spider, nose on jack-o-lantern, extra orange leaf on the left 3w
britt_reads Cat‘s eye on bottom a different color, cat on bottom has fangs, spider in the bottom pic, no nose on jack-o-lantern in the bottom pic and the bottom pic is missing a leaf. 3w
EadieB Cat‘s fangs, eye color, spider, jack-o-lantern nose missing and leaf missing on bottom picture. 3w
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TheSpineView
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Regardless of how you plan to spend today, be it reading or with friends and family, have a wonderful and safe Halloween! 🖤🎃🧡

cleoh Happy Halloween! 🎃 3w
Meaw_catlady Happy Halloween lovely! 🖤🖤🖤 3w
TheSpineView @cleoh @meaw-catlady 🧡🖤🧡 3w
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MyBookSwapClub
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Pickpick

Happy Halloween buddies!! What's your plan? Watching or reading anything scary?

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sudi
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Happy Halloween 🎃🎃🎃
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📷 - warandpeas on Instagram

Tanisha_A 😱 3w
sudi @Tanisha_A the extreme version of halloween 😂 3w
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4thhouseontheleft
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One of my favorite days of the year is here!

🎃 Happy Halloween!! 🎃 🧙🏼‍♀️Blessed Samhain! 🧙🏼‍♀️

Don‘t forget to post your #screamathon wrap-ups today or tomorrow! The giveaway will close tomorrow night, end of day on Nov. 1st!

#screamathonphotochallenge
#Halloween
#Samhain

veritysalter Happy Halloween 🎃 xx 3w
Meaw_catlady Have a happy Halloween! (edited) 3w
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Meaw_catlady
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Forgot to post that I received my last #Halloweencardswap from @jillannjohn !!!
Happy Halloween!! 🖤🧡🎃🧡🖤

rather_be_reading yay!! I LOVE candy corn!! 3w
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TheReadingMermaid
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kamoorephoto
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Finally watched the (apparent) official sequel that comes 40 years after the first Halloween (1978), and I think it‘s not bad. It was jarring seeing Jamie Lee Curtis hiding in the woods, with her grey hair and stash of guns too.
BUT if we are to believe there have been no sequels and films in between, it‘s weird. That said, this film has production value that surpasses the others in spades though, and you can‘t turn away.

#TeamSlaughter +4

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Eggs
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Captured on IG today 🎃

JoScho 💜💜💜 4w
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Gaylagal2
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LibrarianRyan Trahhhh 4w
thereadingunicorn Hate that miss all the good swaps ☹️ 4w
sprainedbrain Hooray! 🧙🏼‍♀️ 4w
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LokiDokey
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i-am-papercrane
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I was deceived: AMC only has the first EIGHT Friday the 13‘s, and the 2009 remake. 😪 I *guess* I have to watch Halloween now!

#teamslaughter #scarthlon #halloween

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Gissy
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#AllHallowsReadSwap box is on its broom way. It will arrive to a Litsy haunted house by Monday👻I hope that our marvelous Litsy witch match like what is inside the magic and mysterious box💀👽 @MaleficentBookDragon Thank you for the coordination of this ghostly activity🎃

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overtheedge
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A. Goalie masked cutter
B. Soul Sucker
C. Spooky tale teller
D. Murderous doll
E. Decapitated equestrian
F. Psychopathic cannibal
G. Hungry bat winged freak
H. Corpse parts unified
I. Villainous clown
J. Silent white faced killer
K. Villain on elm street
L. Precious obsessive
M. Death personified
N. Chainsaw wielding maniac
O. Prom ended badly
P. Long haired wax face
Q. Blood sucker
R. 7th day avenger
#teamslaughter #scarathon @Clwojick

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Rajea
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#Halloweencardswap
Super excited to open my packages tomorrow!!
@rather_be_reading @Scochrane26 @Come-read-with-me 😊😊😊
I was hoping I'd get my third package today 🤷🏾

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LokiDokey
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Skygoddess1
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One of my all time favorite horror movies, so much so the theme song is my ring tone for the month. #TeamStoker #scarathlon +4 pts

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 4w
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Gaylagal2
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Lookie what was waiting for me....yaaah!

#basicwitchswap #bws
@sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Hooray!! I‘m so excited for you to open it up. 🖤 4w
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MartinaLove
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A) Goalie Masked Cutter
B) Soul sucker
C) Spooky tale teller
D) Murferous Doll
E) Decapitated equestrian
F) Psychopatic cannibal
G) Hungry bat winged freak
H) Corpse part unified
I) Villainous clown
J) Silent white faced killer
K) Villain on Elm Street
L) Gollum
M) Death personified
N) Chainsaw wielding maniac
O) Prom ended badly
P) Long haired wax face
Q) Blood sucker
R) 7th day avenger

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick #HalloweeLaughs

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brit91 🤣🤣🤣🤣 4w
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MartinaLove
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Hahahaha 😂
It took me a few seconds to figure this one out.

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick #HalloweeLaughs

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MartinaLove
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brit91 LoL!! 4w
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Karkar
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Woo hoo! After a super long day at work came home to another #HalloweenCardSwap envelope.

rather_be_reading awesome! 🎃💀 4w
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CandycaneBelle
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My #allhallowsreadswap just went into the mail! Thanks for organizing @MaleficentBookDragon

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BookwormAHN
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TheReadingMermaid Great job sweetie 40 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Laughterhp
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Got my #AllHallowsReadSwap package in the mail today!

Mine will be going out this week!

Avanders Yay!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 1mo
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Stacypatrice
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Morning Horror Movies Continue with the awful “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.” I‘m actually rooting for him to kill everyone except Dr. Loomis 🔪

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #HorrorMovieMarathon #MichaelMyers #StabbyMan

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Stacypatrice
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More... More... More... 🔪🔪🔪 Go Team Slaughter!!! Horror Movies All Day Please!!! 🎥 👀

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #HorroMovies #MichaelMyers

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Stacypatrice
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Morning Horror Movies: “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” I loved Dr. Loomis - he was so dedicated.

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #Halloween #DrLoomisFan #MonsterHunter

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Stacypatrice
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Scary Movie Marathon Continues: Halloween: Rob Zombie Version 🔪🔪

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #Halloween #ScaryMovies

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ElizaMarie
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Mehso-so

So... not that I didn‘t like it. Some parts were really interesting and had lots of knowledge but... it just isn‘t my “thing”. However I‘d recommend it if you want more information on this great holiday :) 🎃

#TeamStoker #Scarathlon
@TheReadingMermaid

1 point participation + 20 points Halloween = 21 points

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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ElizaMarie
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Ooo

#TeamStoker #Scarathlon
@TheReadingMermaid

1 point participation

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Stacypatrice
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Oh Team Slaughter! The pain we endure for points. “Halloween: Resurrection.” I mean, Busta Rhymes as the lead cast member?! #TakeonefortheTeam

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #HalloweenMarathon #QueenJamieLee

Clwojick 😂 😂 1mo
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Stacypatrice
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ElizaMarie
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Day 20: Jack-o-lantern 🎃 so I‘m working on this book now (not my usual type of book I like to read, i mean it‘s nonfiction but it is about something that interests me... so it‘s been good so far)

#TeamStoker #Scarathlon
#ChillingPhotoChallenge

@TheReadingMermaid

1 point participation

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Judybskt
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This #litsyswap box is headed West on Monday! Can‘t wait for 10/30. 🎃💛👻🧡💀

#allhallowsreadswap
@MaleficentBookDragon