The Haunted History of Halloween

1997 NR 0h 50m DVD

The Haunted History of Halloween

1997 NR 0h 50m DVD
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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.
Harry Smith
Jeff Swimmer
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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