With the 31st of October quickly approaching, scores of costumes and vast amounts of candy are disappearing from stores as we prepare for Halloween. But, with all the time and money put into the decorations and celebration, how much do we really know about this widely celebrated tradition? How many of us can even define the term, Halloween?
For centuries, there has been a fascination with all things supernatural. What began as a pagan ritual to welcome the dead amongst the living has evolved into an other-worldly realm complete with vampires, witches, and monsters. What better time than October to explore the strong literary tradition devoted to the darker creatures of our imagination? If you dare, see just how much you know about Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Salem witches while learning about the origins of Halloween.
This Halloween season, Oxford puts together a spectacularly spooky list of supernatural titles. Rife with classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, it also includes modern day explanations of our superstitions and fears associated with the unknown: On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears, Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition, and America Bewitched: Witchcraft After Salem.