Halloween Resources and American Folklife Center

Lest anyone think that there isn’t always a way to tie reading and books to the best things in life - including our favorite holidays - see the following image from the Prints and Photographs division of the Library of Congress.  The poster was created by  the Federal Arts Project during the Depression:

For high interest items with practical classroom applications, please see the collected articles for Halloween from Historic Newspapers/Chronicling America at the Library of Congress.  You will find a broad range of topics, including Halloween, under Recommended Topics at 


The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress is inviting Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November – Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos – to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife.
Between Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, AFC invites people to document in photographs how holiday celebrations are experienced by friends, family and community, then post photos to the photo-sharing site Flickr under a creative commons license with the tag #FolklifeHalloween2014.

The following are guidelines:
1. Title: Give your photo a title
2. Short Description (including photographer and location): Include a brief description. What is significant about the image? Where was it taken? Who is the photographer?
3. License: For potential inclusion in the collection, please license the photo under a creative commons license.

Additional information is available on the AFC blog at blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2014/10/share-your-photos-of-halloween/.