It’s one of America’s favorite holidays, but what’s the real story behind the tricks and treats of Halloween?


The Real Story of Halloween
Friday, October 31 at 11/10cHalloween has long been a favorite holiday, a day for trick-or-treating, parties, costumes and candy. Where did these Halloween traditions come from, and what was their original purpose? The one-hour documentary The Real Story of Halloween uncovers the true history of the holiday, from its sacred roots to today’s secular celebrations of hidden identity and marvelous masquerade. Teachers may want to show this program before or during the Halloween season to give their students historical perspective on this popular holiday. 

Curriculum Links:
The Real Story of Halloween would be useful for American history, world history, social studies and current events courses. It would be a good fit with afterschool programs or school activities related to Halloween. It is appropriate for sixth grade and above.Learn more about Halloween »View the Halloween by the Numbers infographic »Bet You Didn’t Know: Halloween »

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