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A Hallowe'en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries is an anthology edited by Lisa Morton. It was first published in 2008.


This unique anthology gathers together some of the most intriguing and useful works on the history of Halloween. Ranging from pre-Christian Celtic myths to early 20th century articles, the book's 27 entries include poems, short stories, sections from 19th and 20th century folklore books, a one-act play, Irish and Scottish folk tales, and the first book on the holiday ever published. Noted works contained in the anthology include William Wells Newell's 1904 study of the history of Jack-o'-lantern legends in "The Ignis Fatuus" and Alexander Montgomerie's oft-quoted 1584 poem "Flyting Against Polwart." Organized chronologically, most works are presented in their entirety and many include extensive annotations designed to make the original source materials more meaningful for modern readers. The book also includes 34 vintage photographs and illustrations.


  • Three Celtic Samhain Myths by Lady Gregory
  • Tamlane by Sir Walter Scott
  • Flyting Against Polwart by Alexander Montgomerie
  • Hallowe'en by Robert Burns
  • Hallowe'en by Helen Elliott
  • The Return of the Native (excerpt) by Thomas Hardy
  • The Stolen Bride by Lady Wilde
  • The Dance of the Dead by Lady Wilde
  • Elsie's Hallowe'en Experience by Mary D. Brine
  • Guleesh na Guss dhu by Douglas Hyde
  • The Young Man in the Fairy Knoll by John Gregorson Campbell
  • Hallowe'en by Charles Frederick White
  • Who Was Scared? by Elizabeth F. Guptill