OCCULT BOOKS, MAGICK BOOKS, PAGAN BOOKS & ALTERNATIVE MEDIA

OCCULT, MAGICK, PAGAN & ALTERNATIVE BOOKS
Home | Used Books | DVD | Music | Gallery
Ordering | Contact | Links

HALLOWEEN BOOKS, COSTUMES
MASKS & PROPS, SUPPLIES
Don't stress for a costume visit frightcatalog.com Visit our sponsor, FRIGHT CATALOG for a fine selection of Halloween Costumes, Masks, Props & Supplies!

Order now to have your shipment arrive before Halloween... there's still time! Don't be left without a costume...

Click here for costumes and Halloween props!


The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween:
Celebrating the Dark Half of the Year
By Jean Markale, Jon Graham


Celtic scholar Jean Markale explores "the shadowy zones" of All Hallows' Eve in The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween. Though the name comes from the Christians' All Saints' Eve, Halloween can be traced back thousands of years to Samhain--the beginning of the "dark half" of the Celtic yearly calendar. As a feasting and merrymaking festival, Samhain lasted about three days, and attendance was mandatory, according to Markale. It was also the time when fairy folk made themselves available to humans, and the borders between the worlds of the living and the dead were said to blur. Markale is a thorough historian, offering a plausible account of how Samhain evolved into the modern day celebration. For those intrigued by pagan festivals and lifestyle, this could be as delectable and coveted as a bag of Halloween candy.
MORE... USA
MORE... UK


The Pagan Book of Halloween:
A Complete Guide to the Magic, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore
By Gerina Dunwich


For Pagans and witches, Halloween, or Samhain, is the most important and sacred holiday--a day to honor the dead and to celebrate the birth of a new year. The number of Wicca practitioners is rapidly growing--especially among young women--and popular media has embraced Paganism on television, in movies, and on the internet. This book guides Wiccans, Pagans, and curious non-Wiccans alike in incorporating some of the original meanings and rituals into their Halloween festivities. It explains the rich Pagan/Irish roots of the holiday and includes ancient legends, divinations for telling the future, spells for finding a mate, and potions for gaining knowledge--not to mention detailed instructions for performing the traditional Halloween ritual and delicious Halloween recipes! Written by a woman who has devoted her life to educating the public about the Old Religion, this handbook reveals the uplifting spiritual energy that people can experience by celebrating a traditional Pagan Halloween.
MORE... USA
MORE... UK


Halloween:
Pagan Festival To Trick Or Treat
By Mark Oxbrow


Halloween, you'd not be surprised to know, is my favourite holiday. - J. K. Rowling. This startling book reveals the secret history of Halloween. Its findings are unexpected and occasionally controversial. Halloween was not the ""Celtic Festival of the Dead"" - far from the claims of druid sacrifice and blood rites, the feis of Samain was in fact marked by notorious revels of drinking and feasting. The dead were actually brought to 31st October by the later Christian festivals of All Saints and All Souls. Ancient monuments including British standing stone circles and pyramids in Egypt and South America were aligned to the rising of the star constellation of the Pleiades - at October's end. The most famous of the Scottish witch trials centered on an alleged plot to assassinate King James VI, hatched at a Halloween night witches sabbat. Irish and Scottish customs and superstitions travelled with emigration to America. Halloween rites described in an 18th century poem by Robert Burns survived into 20th century America and today's trick or treating is an evolution of Scots guising. Halloween has its origins in Scotland. The huge success of the Harry Potter novels has coincided with the unprecedented rise in Halloween's popularity and the mainstream acceptance of modern witchcraft. All three have been attacked by the Fundamentalist Religious Right, which seeks to have them banned from American schools and communities.
MORE... USA
MORE... UK


Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life
By Jack Santino


"Halloween is many things to many people; we do not celebrate the day in any one way." So Jack Santino writes in this first ever collection of essays dedicated to the study of Halloween and related festivals. 13 folklore and culture scholars examine the evolution of Halloween from its Celtic origins through its adaptation into modern culture. Essays on holiday customs describe harvest and autumnal rituals in Scotland, new Halloween traditions in response to legends about contaminated candy, the custom of "pranking" (more popular in some areas of the U.S. than trick-or-treating), England's Guy Fawkes Day and a parallel Bonfire Night in Newfoundland, and the development of American trick-or-treating in the years 1940-1990. Also covered are the sociopolitical meanings of carnival celebrations and attempts to control them, the Tex-Mex tradition of el Dío de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and community approaches to Halloween in such diverse locales as the Canadian prairie, rural Vermont, and Greenwich Village in New York City. A final section looks at the history of Halloween noisemakers and unusual imagery (including the decoration of graves) in two Southern settings. In several of the essays, the authors examine the ironic, even disturbing, implications of such a popular holiday being based on images of death, evil, and the grotesque.
MORE... USA
MORE... UK


Halloween:
Customs, Recipes & Spells
By Silver RavenWolf


For adult and teenage readers, here is the history of Halloween from a Wiccan perspective. Writing in an unforced, easy-going style, author Ravenwolf manages to untangle the various threads of rumor and misinformation that have tainted many religions and their rituals for centuries. She offers insight into the roots of Halloween, leading up to the Americanization of the holiday in Colonial times, and its present day celebration (including a debunking of the urban myths that have rendered Halloween "unsafe" in the public's imagination). To top it off, Ravenwolf includes spells and recipes for warding off evil spirits and inviting good fortune.
MORE... USA
MORE... UK


Dressed for Thrills:
100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade
By Phyllis Galembo


A whimsical array of ghosts and goblins, spooks and skeletons, vamps and vampires parade through this unparalleled collection of more than 100 years of American Halloween attire. From Little Bo Peep with lamb in hand to beatniks and pirates, from monsters and witches to clowns and animals, this veritable "carnival" of costumes visually captures All Hallows' Eve like no other book before. In her celebration of Halloween revelry, photographer Phyllis Galembo never settles for the ordinary; here instead are evocative scenes of dressed-to-scare young trick-or-treaters "modeling" their disguises, of undead spirits haunting their surroundings, and of costumes spanning over a century that take on an eerie new creepiness thanks to special lighting effects. Accompanying the costume shots is a history of this always-popular holiday and an essay placing the work in the wider context of fashion and costume. Of interest to enthusiasts, designers, and students alike, this devilishly diverting book is the perfect gift for all Halloween aficionados.
MORE... USA
MORE... UK


Halloween Crafts:
Eerily Elegant Decor
By Kasey Rogers


As a regular on TV's Bewitched, Kasey Rogers (Louise Tate) has the right pedigree to produce Halloween Crafts: Eerily Elegant Decor. She and coauthor Mark Wood have dreamed up some pretty innovative approaches to such timeworn Halloween delights as pumpkin carving, table decorating, and party giving. Rather than limit carving to traditional orange pumpkins, they offer devilish red imps made of bumpy gourds and green glow-stick eyes, or a jaunty goblin king carved of green hubbard squash. A decrepit old butler figure presides over the "graveyard tea," and the "harvest of skulls" centerpiece features a tower of grinning plastic skulls topped with drippy black (electric) candles. A quartet of simple recipes makes up the "Boo-fey," along with two versions of punch contributed by another Bewitched alumnus, Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay).
MORE... USA
MORE... UK


Halloween Merrymaking:
An Illustrated Celebration of Fun, Food and Frolics from Halloweens Past
By Diane C. Arkins


Halloween celebrations from the 1890s to the 1930s are considered the Golden Age of what is now the fastest-growing holiday in the USA. This colourful book is a celebration in itself, a tribute to the mirthful and innocent revels of yesteryear presented with vintage photographs, decorative images, prose, and poetry. Recipes, games, costumes, party ideas, and decorations, along with excerpts from vintage periodicals, show the gaiety that epitomised historic Halloween celebrations with merry conviviality, vibrant imagery, and unbridled fun.
MORE... USA
MORE... UK

Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night
By Nicholas Rogers


MORE... USA

MORE... UK


Halloween: a Festival of Lost Meanings
By Alvin Boyd Kuhn


MORE... USA

MORE... UK


Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History
By Lesley Pratt Bannatyne


MORE... USA

MORE... UK


A Halloween How-To: Costumes, Parties, Decorations, and Destinations
By Lesley Pratt Bannatyne


MORE... USA

MORE... UK

Halloween Decorations, Costumes, Mask...
Get your scary laughs at FrightCatalog.com



TOP | BACK

Home | Used | DVD | Music | Gallery | Links | Ordering | Contact

Copyright ©, Anathema Books.