Welcome to the special Hallowe'en Lore section of the Great Library of Dreams! Here you will find suitable spooky treats galore, including the origins and history of Hallowe'en night, all the Commentary Club Hallowe'en Specials, and of course, a selection of classic tales for the spookiest night of the year!
The Origins and History of Halloween
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!

RADIO HALLOWEEN - An Interlude
As an interlude between our helpings of Hallowe'en history, Mr Jim Moon delves in the revivals of radio horror from the 1960s and the 1970s, to sample Hallowe'en specials from the likes of The Black Mass and the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre!

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN Part VII
Our history of the spookiest night of the year continues, and we discover how Hallowe'en was celebrated in the 1970s, and looking at how it appeared in assorted books and stories in that decade.

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN Part VIII
In this chapter of Halloween history, we look at how the spookiest night of the year was portrayed on TV and at the movies in the 1970s.

A HALLOWE'EN ON VINYL
As a prelude to the next chapter of our Origins of Hallowe'en series, we delve into the world of spooky spoken word records from the '60s and '70s, discovering a world of scary stories and haunted vinyl! We hear Famous Monsters Speak! (1963), visit A Graveyard of Ghosts (1974) with Vincent Price, and experience Halloween Horrors (1977)!

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN Part IX
It is 1978, and this is the night he came home! In this chapter we look at John Carpenter's classic Halloween, uncover its origins, explore its connections with the holiday and learn how it brought horror back to Hallowe'en night!

Tales for Halloween Night
MAN-SIZE IN MARBLE
Just in time for Halloween, Mr Jim Moon reads an eerie tale by E Nesbit set upon that very night of nights! Be warned however, while E Nesbit is best remembered for her enchanting children's books, this is no fairy tale...

ALL SOULS'
A special episode serving up an eerie tale by Edith Wharton, and one that actually takes place on a snowy Halloween night...

GHOST HUNT
Just in time for Halloween, Mr Jim Moon presents a special episode - a radio play that tells the tale of a most disturbing haunting, adapted from the classic chiller, Ghost Hunt by HR Wakefield.

THE OCTOBER GAME
As is traditional, here is a suitably eerie tale of terror for Hallowe'en night. It's an old favourite from Ray Bradbury as it appeared in the pages of Weird Tales!

RANDALL'S ROUND
In this eerie tale set on the night of All Hallows Eve, Mr Jim Moon presents a slice of vintage folk horror with a reading of Randall's Round by Eleanor Scott

THE SWEEPER
This year's Hallowe'en reading was chosen for us by Mr Matt Cowan of horrordelve.com, a suitably autumnal ghostly tale - The Sweeper by AM Burrage

THE VOW ON HALLOWEEN
A tale of terror for Hallowe'en night, first published in the pages of Weird Tales magazine back in 1924!/div>

Commentary Club Halloween Specials
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2018
Ghostwatch
(1992)
In our first Seasonal Special, Teresa and Jim celebrate Hallowe'en with a viewing of a legendary TV movie- Ghostwatch. Written by Stephen Volk and screened on Hallowe'en Night 1992, this BBC 1 movie pulled in a huge audience and scared the wits out of the entire nation!

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2019
Creepshow
(1982)
This Halloween we are going back to 1982 to watch the classic collaboration between George Romero and Stephen King - Creepshow! An anthology horror which pays tribute to the infamous EC horror comics of the 1950s with an all-star cast including Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, EG Marshall, Hal Holbrook, Fritz Weaver, and Adrienne Barbeau!

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2020
Halloween
(1978)
This year, for the spookiest night of the year, we are revisiting John Carpenter's classic horror movie - Halloween (1978) - the film that brought us the Shape, AKA Michael Myers! 

HALLOWEEN MINISODE 2021
Curse of the Blair Witch
(1999)
As an extra spooky treat, and as a lead-in to our Hallowe'en special, we thought we'd take a look back at the faux documentary Curse of The Blair Witch!

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2021
The Blair Witch Project
(1999)
For this year's Hallowe'en special, we venture into the woods and relive classic found footage frightener The Blair Witch Project! !

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