“They’re creepy and they’re kooky”

Did The Addams Family theme lure you or are you excited about your first Halloween in Canada? Either way you can count on Koerner Library to celebrate this spooky season!

Yes, the pandemic has slowed things down, but, did you know that the Public Health Agency of Canada developed Halloween Safety documents even before COVID-19? It was a long journey from a pagan ritual to a socially distanced celebration, and some resources might help you understand and enjoy it.

Library Guides can also help you to explore subject databases to find Journal articles and books related to Halloween. Some that you may want to try include History, Sociology, or Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice to find more resources like these:

Almost a 100 years ago, Ruth Edna Kelley was already curious about Halloween and wrote The Book of Hallowe’en. Many things have changed and on Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, Nicholas Rogers thoroughly explored History, acknowledged librarians’ support on his research and engaged his readers; how could we not recommend this to you?

Halloween is more than a date, it’s a significant event in pop culture. It has influenced books, movies and plays, and Halloween: Youth Cinema and the Horrors of Growing Up, by Mark Bernard helps to bring that to light. Forty years after terrifying people all over the world, in 2018, the Halloween franchise launched a successful sequel that you can watch from one of our film streaming databases, check it out!

Not a fan of the Halloween franchise? UBC Library provides access to many other movies trough Streaming Media Resources. Does it seem hard to find films using the library catalogue? Don’t panic and check our Film Finding and Using Guide. You can also browse a great list of scary movies that LASSA UBC (Library and Archival Studies Students Association at UBC iSchool) curated especially for Halloween weekend!

Not in the mood for movies? We’ve got some fun books, too!

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman might be a novel for Young Adults, but it terrifies all audiences!

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein might be a well known classic, but in 2017 it was also recreated as an annotated version for creators and scientists, and in 2018 UBC alumna Linda Bailey launched Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein.

Do you find ravens lovely creatures? Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery, Imagination and Humour  is an inspiration to many authors.

Stephen King is a famous writer of horror, and many of his novels were adapted to screen. Whichever format is your favorite, you can find his work at UBC Library.

From historical references to scary movies, we’ve got you covered for this spooky season!


Andrus, Emily. (2016). Witch’ book will put you under its spell? [online image]. Literary Hoots. http://www.literaryhoots.com/2016/10/halloween-library-display-and-book-list.html

Mizzy, Vic. (1964). Addams Family Theme. RCA Victor.

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