Children in Halloween costumes in the 1920s.

Anthropology: The History and Evolution of Halloween in the United States

Every year in the United States people all over the country celebrate Halloween on October 31st. On Halloween most children dress up in costumes and spend the night trick-or-treating. Halloween is not just for kids though. People of all ages … Continue reading Anthropology: The History and Evolution of Halloween in the United States

Black and white depiction of cemetery on dziady's night by Stanislaw Bagenski.

Anthropology: Dziady, the Slavic Halloween and Its Cultural Significance

Dziady (also known as Forefather’s Eve) is a Slavic holiday celebrated at night, from 31st October to 1st November. Similar to today’s Halloween and the old Celtic tradition of Samhain, Dziady honors dead ancestors, and (presumably) allows for contacting their … Continue reading Anthropology: Dziady, the Slavic Halloween and Its Cultural Significance

Mystical illustration of the Celtic world and where various Samhain rituals took place in.

Samhain: The Celtic Genesis of Halloween and Its Total Influence in Europe

Do you know the true story of Halloween? The flames, spirits, dances, tributes, and lastly, mythology? Worry no further because this week we will uncover the deep-rooted beginnings of this remarkable holiday that many celebrate today. To add, we will … Continue reading Samhain: The Celtic Genesis of Halloween and Its Total Influence in Europe

Painting of the festival of samhain people mystical creatures dancing in the woods

Anthropology: The Cultural Meaning of Different Halloween Symbols in Society

Each year, Halloween falls on October 31st. In the West, the spooky season we know today came from various religious rituals and ancient festivals. Did you know it’s one of the oldest holidays in the world? In countries like Australia, … Continue reading Anthropology: The Cultural Meaning of Different Halloween Symbols in Society

Celtic symbol made of stone

The History of Halloween and How It Is Celebrated Around The World

Halloween is a holiday which is celebrated each year on October 31. It has its origins from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced: Sow-in). Samhain was a festivity during which people lit bonfires and danced wearing costumes to ward … Continue reading The History of Halloween and How It Is Celebrated Around The World

Coored image of Jack-o'-lanterns

Anthropology: Cultural Significance of Halloween Traditions Around the World

Globalization, communication, technology, free trade, cultural interaction, and exchange continue to rapidly increase, shrinking our world. Halloween, which stems from Celtic-speaking countries, is also continuing to spread across the world. Countries such as China, Japan, Indonesia, Dubai, Romania, Germany, and … Continue reading Anthropology: Cultural Significance of Halloween Traditions Around the World

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Traverse the World of Disturbing and Dark Animated Films to Watch This Halloween

For anyone that is a lover of animated films. There are a great many scary, disturbing or spooking films you can enjoy even during the spooky season. From family-friendly films to more disturbing themes and stories, there are plenty of … Continue reading Traverse the World of Disturbing and Dark Animated Films to Watch This Halloween