Happy Halloween from NWHM!

How did Halloween make its way to the United States? And how did our foremothers and their families practice it? Find out in A History of Halloween, which explores the ancient origins of the holiday, as well as its origins and early practices by women at the turn of the 20th century America.

20 Responses to “Happy Halloween from NWHM!”

  1. --Anne Post says:

    Thank you for researching Halloween–story and great pictures

  2. AA Lloyd says:

    Too bad your narrator mispronounced “samhain.” Gaelic has been spelled badly in Roman letters, so it’s no wonder . . . but if you are going to do a historical presentation, best to learn your pronunciations from a Gaelic speaker.

  3. Very informative and interesting. Enjoyed!

  4. Connie says:

    Charming little history lesson. Thank you.

  5. No matter the occasion, NWHM always entertains and educates.

    Kudos to the team!

    René

  6. JOSEPHINE PELLETIER says:

    Thanks for the history about Halloween. Great to know where it originated, how wonderful that women kept it alive and became a yearly event that is soooo popular to the young and young once.

  7. Christine Sumner says:

    I wanted to love this video! But “Samhain” was mispronounced by the narrator.

  8. Anna Di Bella says:

    This adult is sitting in her home celebrating Halloween and her 54th Anniversary. Thank you so much for the video!

    I am going into my dining room to join the other ghouls. Tonight is my 54th Wedding Anniversary! We are beginning our Fun Night with sliced beets and goat cheese. The menu following will be made up of pumpkin and pasta (a Di Bella Halloween dish) and all vegetables dark and delighting. Yes , we’ll have pumpkin pie and caramel gelato, folllowing pork chops cooked in glazed, charred pinapple sauce.

    There will be no tricks tonight, only treats, except for a few little boos! Thank you again.

  9. Artemis March says:

    When a history museum devoted to women doesn’t do its homework, it’s disappointing.
    If you are going to reference the holiest eve of the Celtic calendar, please learn how to pronounce it. Samhain is approximated as sow-win with accent on first syllable.
    Why feed stereotypes by showing a picture of a male druid when women were druids as well? Druids were an intellectual class of men and women. Women were priestesses, oracles, seers, and prophets. They were lawyers, judges, ambassadors, warriors, and queens in their own right.

  10. Cary Johns says:

    I had no idea that this ‘holiday’ started so long ago, nor how it eventually arrived on US shores. That was a fun bit of learning!!!

  11. Cathy gunderson says:

    Great information,as always! Keep up the good work.

  12. Paula Wynant says:

    Love the details of the mirror games played. Leave it to women to mark the passage of time in such life affirming ways.

  13. Virginia Laughlin says:

    Thanks for the interesting and delightful video.

  14. Lyndi Sue Hofstra says:

    Great video , great music, Thanks NWHM!

  15. NWHM says:

    Dear Ruth,

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We will keep this in mind as we develop videos in the future. Thanks for your support!

  16. NWHM says:

    Cary,

    We’re so glad you enjoyed the video and learned something new!

  17. NWHM says:

    Artemis,

    Thank you for watching the video and pointing out our error in pronunciation. We will pay closer attention to that in the future.

  18. NWHM says:

    Christine,

    Thank you for watching the video and pointing out our error in pronunciation. We will pay closer attention to that in the future.

  19. NWHM says:

    Anna,

    So glad you enjoyed the video!

  20. NWHM says:

    AA,

    Thank you for watching the video and pointing out our error in pronunciation. We will pay closer attention to that in the future.

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