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History of Halloween

Join us for a fascinating presentation on the History of Halloween via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 30 at 6:00 pm!

Do you ever wonder where the symbols and decorations for October come from? Why do people dress up and ask for candy? Why is Halloween so popular? Why is this day so connected to ghosts, witches, vampires, and other monsters? We’ll cover the above – and many more interesting facts – during the webinar! This will also be a chance to virtually come together as a community to enjoy some time together. 

Content will be accessible for all ages, yet ages 10+ will probably understand the best.

Meeting link will be emailed community-wide the day of the event.

Presentation Outline (~ 1 hour duration)
  1. Why October 31
  2. Halloween and American Culture
  3. Traditional Halloween Costumes, their origins and Halloween Customs and etiquette
  4. Option for a brief Q&A for parents and children. 

About our Host

The webinar will be hosted by neighbor Tanner Deeds. Tanner is a CTC Board member and a PhD student in the History department at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on religious ideas and practices of the common people in German speaking lands in the later middle ages and early modern period (1300-1800). Tanner is particularly interested in the ideas about magic, witchcraft, and madness.