Tag Archives: halloween


American Halloween Parties: A Festival

Main Piece:  The following is transcribed from a conversation between me (LT) and my mother/informant (ET).  ET: I went to Catholic school growing up, and we always had All Saints Day off, which is the day after Halloween, so we’d always have big sleepovers on Halloween. You know, since no one was going to school… Continue Reading »

Black Cat; Halloween Mythical Legendary Creature/Tradition

Informant-  When I was little I firmly believed in the Halloween Black Cat creature. The Black Cat would visit the night after Halloween to collect my candy. I would know to gather all of my candy and place it at the foot of my bed. The cat would take all of the candy and replace… Continue Reading »

Sleepy Hollow Road

Background: This piece was a common piece of folklore within the informant’s community. He lived on Sleepy Hollow Road, so parents in the community adopted the tale of the headless horseman and used it to scare their children, and prevent them from wandering around unsupervised. Context: This ghost story was performed to an audience of… Continue Reading »

Halloween on Military Bases: Trunk or Treat

Genre: Folk tradition/ritual, holiday   Nationality: American but takes place in other countries Location: Germany Language: English   Abstract: CB describes how Halloween is celebrated in American military families overseas by going trunk to trunk of cars instead of door to door in houses.   Background: CB is from a military family, and she spent… Continue Reading »