Happy Halloween from ANU Library

31 Oct 2018

Boo! It’s Halloween.

Halloween originated as an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. The Celts believed that on October 31, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.  On this night, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

While not traditionally celebrated in Australia, over time we have seen more Halloween festivities around the country. And if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

ANU Library is marking Halloween by highlighting some of the spookiest resources in our collection:

One of our very talented ANU Library staff members, Vanessa, has artfully carved Frankenstein’s monster into a Halloween pumpkin. This is on display as part of our Frankenstein exhibition at Chifley Library, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s ground-breaking novel.