Excerpt- Ah broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever! Let the bell toll!--a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river; And, Guy De Vere, hast thou no tear?--weep now or never more! See! on yon drear and rigid bier low lies thy love, Lenore! Come! let the burial rite be read--the funeral song be sung!-- An anthem for the queenliest dead that ever died so young-- A dirge for her the doubly dead in that she died so young. Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe
October is an exciting time of the year when the world is teeming with ghastly, ghostly tales of terror and fright. All of this is done in recognition of “All Hallows Eve” or Halloween for short. It is a time for people to immerse themselves in the unknown through urban legends, ghoulish festivities, or deeply seeded traditions rooted in ancient beliefs. It is a frightfully, fiendish time of the year where children love to don scary costumes and spend the evening carving pumpkins.
Over the years, Halloween has gained an enormous amount of popularity. Not so scary is the revelation that Americans spend nearly six billion dollars annually for Halloween related festivities. According to data published by the National Retail Federation, the average person celebrating Halloween will shell out $72.31 on decorations, costumes, and candy. That’s a pretty sweet treat if you are in the retail business! If you’re looking for a more economical way to spend Halloween, try spending the evening reading a “spooky” tale or sharing a few “spooky” poems. Reading a good story is one way to experience all of the excitement of Halloween without ever leaving your room.
If you need a few recommendations on good books to help set your holiday mood, stop by the reference desk and explore what’s available in your PSC Library.