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Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween | Lisa Morton
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Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary movies and go on ghost tours. There are parades, fireworks displays, cornfield mazes, and haunted housesand, most important, copious amounts of bite-sized candy. The popularity of Halloween has spread around the globe to places as diverse as Russia, China, and Japan, but its association with death and the supernatural and its inevitable commercialization has made it one of our most misunderstood holidays. How did it become what it is today? In Trick or Treat, Halloween aficionado Lisa Morton provides a thorough history of this spooky day. She begins by looking at how holidays like the Celtic Samhain, a Gaelic harvest festival, have blended with the British Guy Fawkes Day and the Catholic All Souls Day to produce the modern Halloween, and she explains how the holiday was reborn in America, where costumes and trick-or-treat rituals have become new customs. Morton takes into account the influence of related but independent holidays, especially the Mexican Day of the Dead, as well as the explosion in popularity of haunted attractions and the impact of such events as 9/11 and the economic recession on the celebration today. Trick or Treat also examines the effect Halloween has had on popular culture through the literary works of Washington Irving and Ray Bradbury, films like Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Simpsons. Considering the holiday in the context of its worldwide popularity for the first time, this book will be a treat for any Halloween lover.
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The history behind Halloween

#trickstreats

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Reggie
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If anybody‘s interested in a 30 minute spooky story about a young girl and the devil in a whorehouse nestled in a backwoods swamp, back in the early 1900‘s and choices that must be made, this story is great. Not gory at all but a great Halloween season story. The host always puts his final thoughts to the story in the back and I just really dig them. Give it a listen. http://pseudopod.org/

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This was an interesting and informative read about the history of Halloween and the impact the holiday has had on pop culture and in different countries. I found it interesting how Halloween is predominantly an American holiday. #TeamStoker #Scarathlon #ScaryScavengerHunt +21 pts

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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Skygoddess1
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When I think of the month of October, I can‘t help but think of Halloween and going trick or treating. Currently reading about the history of this holiday. #ChillingPhotoChallenge #TeamStoker #Scarathlon 1 pt

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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LA_Mead
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1. Trick or treat! I still love to dress up in costumes. 2. Black cats 😸 3. Both! 4. @BookishTrish Bonus: “The Girl With all the Gifts”. @JenlovesJT47 #thisorthat #tuesdaytidbits

JenlovesJT47 🖤🧡🖤 13mo
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tracey38 Those are great! 14mo
Elma I did Moaning Myrtle last year, so fun! 14mo
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Theshadedbuffalo My sister-in-law would LOVE this. 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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So my Moogal got 5 lbs of candy. 🎃🍭🤘🏻🖤

Clare-Dragonfly That's impressive! I think we ended up with that much candy after getting about ten trick-or-treaters. 2y
Andrea4 Moogals are my fave!!! 2y
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FantasyChick
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Well Littens, it's Halloween and my very first year not taking the kids trick or treating. They are too old to hang out with mom I guess. 😔 So I'm home all alone tonight handing out treats....well I've had 5 kids come....so I guess I'm going to relax for a bit and see what's in my #AllHallowsReadBookExchange box!! I am already pumped!!!! And I definitely should have sent my match more candy 😉

Seekingtardis I have that plushie too!! 😍😍😍😍 2y
FantasyChick @Seekingtardis It's Soooooo adorable!!!!! 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Hello all my Scary Littens. I‘ve heard from a few people that they haven‘t received their #AllHallowsReadBookExchange packages yet. If you haven‘t sent it out yet, there is still time with priority shipping.
Please comment below to confirm shipment and delivery. I want us all to have a fantastic day on Tuesday!

AndreaReads I sent my Tuesday. Today should be delivery day. 2y
LauraJ Sent and will arrive by Monday. 2y
Captivatedbybooks I sent mines out beginning of the week and a second one on friday cause i forgot something. I received mines too 2y
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scripturient I sent mine out ten days ago and according to tracking it looks like it will be delivered tomorrow or Tuesday so just in time. 😊 2y
scripturient I haven‘t received mine yet but my match contacted me and said the package would be late so no problem there. Thanks again for letting me know, @heylaurenmack ! Hope you‘ve settled well into your first apartment. 😊 2y
Gissy I sent mine priority mail but it hasn't arrived. It was supposed to arrive on Monday. But I already sent a message to my match. I hasn't received mine either but I can wait but I don't know who was the person. 2y
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