12 Months of Halloween

All Hallows Eve was the 31st October as it has been for the past several hundred years. On this night all manner of fearful creatures stalk the land and darken the night sky

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.

Unlike the thoughtful spirits and monsters who only come out on Halloween, paranormal fiction has been creeping out onto Library shelves in increasing numbers over the past few years. To celebrate this fearful fact, Teen Librarian will be celebrating 12 Months of Halloween in between all the other things that happen on the site.

To mark the launch here are The Gothic Archies, with The World is a very Scary Place

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