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Halloween & Día de Muertos Resources

The Library of Congress is home to an array of resources on the folk customs, fine art, pop culture, and literature of Halloween and Día de Muertos. Collections range from classic film clips to recordings of storytellers, and more.

Introduction

Douglas DeNatale, photographer. Children's Halloween parade, Lowell, Massachusetts. 1987. Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

The Library of Congress is home to an array of resources on the folk customs, fine art, pop culture, and literature of Halloween and Día de Muertos. Collections include classic film clips from "The Bride of Frankenstein," "Nosferatu," and "Carnival of Souls;" audio recordings of traditional storytellers spinning yarns about ghosts and witches; and recorded readings by authors playfully blending the living with the dead, such Álvaro Enrigue’s Muerte súbita, Valeria Luiselli’s Los ingrávidos, and Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo. There is even documentation of spooky séances with the great Harry Houdini, iconic artwork of Edward Gorey and José Guadalupe Posada, and the timeless poetry of Robert Burns and Rafael Campos.

In addition to the links below, follow the select from the categories in the left navigation menu to explore highlights from the Library's print and media collections, webcasts from some of our most recent Halloween-related events, and blog posts featuring some of the Library's most unique materials.

Community Altar/Ofrenda in the Hispanic Reading Room. 2019. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Schadl. Library of Congress Hispanic Division.

October 31 at 7:30 p.m. (Culpeper, VA) - "Get Out"

When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s posh suburban family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister reason for the invitation. Actor, comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele wrote the screenplay and made his directorial debut with this provocative hit horror mystery film, dubbed a "cultural phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times. “Get Out” stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, and Catherine Keener. The film was chosen by the National Board of Review, the American Film Institute and Time as one of the top 10 films of the year. At the 90th Academy Awards, it was nominated for four awards, including Best Picture, and won for Best Original Screenplay. 35mm archival film print. 104 min.  Rated R - No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. Tickets are not required. Learn more

 

October 28-November 4 - Community Altar/Ofrenda in the Hispanic Reading Room

The Library's Hispanic Division will be celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with an altar to individuals who have passed away in 2019. All are welcome to leave ofrendasofrendas, photos, favorite belongings, foods (plastic for this purpose please), to honor the dead.

 

Learn more about Día de los Muertos, as celebrated in Oakland, CA