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Written by Library in Library Blog on October 22, 2021

History of Halloween

Halloween is largely celebrated in Europe and North America on October 31st and is mostly a non-religious holiday despite its history. Halloween can be dated back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where Celts believed that on one night of the year the world between the living and the dead became blurred. On that night, October 31st, the Celts celebrated Samhain because they believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth on that day. However, over time, Halloween has “evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats” (History.com Editors, 2021).

Learn More at:
The Canadian Encyclopedia has outlined the history of Halloween in Canada.

NFB Campus has put together a collection of NFB films for Halloween.

Halloween Events in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Best Places has outlined many Halloween events that happen in October in the lower mainland, including some of the following:

Materials on Display at AC Library


  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Haunted Waters by Dick Hammond
  • Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Carrie by Stephen King

  • Get Out
  • Dexter (Season 1)
  • It
  • Halloween
  • The Fly
  • Ginger Snaps
  • The Birds
  • Alien
  • Psycho


The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (2021, August 31). Halloween. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Halloween

History.com Editors. (2021, October 18). Halloween 2021. https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

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