Get spooky this Halloween with ANU Library
Happy spooky season! Halloween originated as a Celtic pagan celebration of the new year, called Samhain, when people would welcome the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year”, that is, winter. The Celts believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and denizens of the Otherworld.
Whether you love Halloween and embrace the opportunity to dress up, eat lollies and binge scary films and books, or you just like a bit of horror, gothic, or science fiction, we have some great reading – and viewing – suggestions for you this October!
Check out these spectacularly spooky titles for Halloween!
The Exorcist (1973)
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
The Mummy (1932)
The Shining (1980)
The tradition of wearing scary costumes for Halloween comes from the Celtic festival Samhain, when the Celts donned disguises so that any spirits they encountered would leave them alone.
Likewise, the displaying of jack-o-lanterns is intended to scare away any ill-meaning spirits! But did you know that pumpkins are classified as a fruit, not as a vegetable?!