The History of Halloween

An annual series exploring the history and evolution of the spookiest night of the year. We trace the origins of this ancient holiday, attempt separate history from legend, and chart the changing, and often surprising, ways that Halloween has been celebrated down the ages.

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN Part I
In an epic length show, Mr Jim Moon traverses the centuries in search of the origins of Halloween. Along the way we'll investigate the festival of All Hallows, the pagan rites of the Celts at Samhain, uncover the truth about trick or treating, the genesis of the jack o'lantern, and discover all manner of folk charms and rituals for Halloween night!

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN Part II
It's Halloween once more, and Mr Jim Moon brings you another epic show delving into the long history of this autumnal festival. In this episode, we ransack the shelves of the Great Library of Dreams to trace the history of Halloween in popular culture, from the poems of Robert Burns, through the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Walter Scott, and into the heyday of the Victorian ghost story.

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN Part III
As Halloween approaches Mr Jim Moon delves once more into the history and the mysteries of this ancient holiday. In this chapter we take a trip back to the start of the 20th century to discover how Halloween parties evolved and see how the spookiest night of the year was portrayed in the brave new worlds of radio and film.

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN Part IV
In a bonus extra chapter this year, Mr Jim Moon uncovers the birth of the horror genre and discovers when Halloween first properly became scary! We take a look at early Halloween horrors in the pages of the pulps, and then discover how the macabre radio shows of the 1930s and 1940s would make Halloween night their own...

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN Part V
Continuing in our annual series on the history of the spookiest night of the year, Mr Jim Moon takes at a look Halloween in the mid-twentieth century. We talks about the works of Ray Bradbury, the horrors of EC comics, and the Disney classic retelling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad (1949).

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN Part VI
In this chapter we explore the Halloweens of the 1960s, chatting about costumes, parties, television specials and much more more, and calling in on the likes of Charlie Brown, Don Post Studios, Bewitched, the Twilight Zone, Ray Bradbury and even Captain Kirk!

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