The Haunted History of Halloween
This exploration of one of America's most popular holidays, Halloween, is truly a treat for history buffs. Pagan in origin, October 31 festivities have been observed for centuries, celebrating mystery, chaos and the zone between life and death. Ghouls, ghosties, jack-o'-lanterns and, of course, the trick-or-treat tradition all get their due in this fiendishly fascinating look at the spookiest night of the year.
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- Harry Smith
- Jeff Swimmer
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this series -- which looks at historical figures, places, and events and their relationship to hauntings and other creepy phenomena. -- may be too scary for younger and/or more sensitive viewers. Most episodes include reenactments of violent murders and/or tragic accidents, but no real blood is shown. Superstitions and various rituals are discussed, and some reenactments include drinking and and cigarette and cigar smoking.
- Sexual Content
- Some of the featured ghostly legends note that the "love of a good woman" is what's necessary to help those who haunt move on.
- The show features reenactments of violent murders (like people being killed with hatchets), suicides, and accidental deaths (like a child falling to his death), but no blood is shown. Some legends claim that the victims eventually become ghosts and/or that murderers are targeted by phantom beings.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Overall, the show is educational, offering insight into the belief systems and rituals of different cultures. That said, many of the stories are steeped in superstition.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Many of the reenactments show historical figures drinking mugs of ale, rum, and brandy. Some reenactments and actual photographs occasionally show historical figures smoking cigars. One legend talks about a ghost that appeared as a ship passenger slit his own neck in a drunken suicide.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it