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The Haunted History of Halloween (1997)

The origins of Halloween are explored in this engrossing program on the subject. A ghoulish array of costumes, make up, and decoration descend on communities every year on October 31st, but... See full synopsis »

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Jeff Swimmer
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Credited cast:
Lesley Bannatyne Lesley Bannatyne ... Herself
Candice Bergen ... Herself (archive footage)
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Herself (archive footage)
Alan Dundes Alan Dundes ... Himself
Garrison Keillor ... Himself
Art Linkletter ... Himself (archive footage)
Liza Minnelli ... Herself (archive footage)
Elaine Pagels Elaine Pagels ... Herself
Jack Santino Jack Santino ... Himself
Laurie Schapira Laurie Schapira ... Herself
Harry Smith ... Himself - Narrator
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The origins of Halloween are explored in this engrossing program on the subject. A ghoulish array of costumes, make up, and decoration descend on communities every year on October 31st, but few people are aware of how the celebration came to exist. Harry Smith attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery in THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN, which delves into the 3,000 years of hoopla that traditionally unfolds when October comes around. As the history is explained, so are various failed attempts to co-opt the festival by various religious groups; but the most compelling revelation is how little the festival has changed over the centuries. A marvelous way to gain a historical perspective on this entertaining holiday, Smith's program is almost as fun as carving a pumpkin, donning a spooky costume, and undertaking a little trick or treating! (Sourced from Metadata)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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4:3
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