Halloween Conference more details on the speakers

Halloween Conference more details on the speakers

On October 15th 2016, the Museum will be holding a day of talks on Halloween past and present with Professor Ronald Hutton delivering the keynote speech.  Many many people have bought their tickets already (£25 per person including a visit to the Museum and an evening event of music, poetry and prose with wine and nibbles).  We only have around ten tickets left so if you want to come, please book your place now!  

Ways to pay

By paypal.  Our paypal account is: museumwitchcraft@aol.com

Please put Halloween as your paypal reference

By card: phone the Museum on 01840250111 and complete the transaction using a credit or debit card

By cash: pop into the Museum and pay at the counter

By cheque: send a cheque made payable to Museum of Witchcraft to our address: the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the Harbour, Boscastle, PL35 0HD

Any issues, email the Museum: museumwitchcraft@aol.com

To whet your appetite, here are the details of one of the papers that will be delivered by Dr Louise Fenton.

Trick and Tourist Treat: Halloween in New Orleans

This paper will examine the celebration of Halloween in New Orleans where tourists flock to participate in the crescent city revelries. Exploiting the title of the most haunted city in the US, the streets of New Orleans come alive with the dead, ghosts, vampires, zombies and skeletons mix with tourists and the local community.

The celebrations around Halloween will be considered within the context of the history and culture of the city. The practitioners of Voodoo and Witchcraft join in the celebrations, with for example, Voodoo Authentica offering an all day street party with free food, talks and a Voodoo ceremony. This is the one time of the year when tourists set aside any prejudice, fear or misunderstanding and fully immerse themselves in these aspects of cultural heritage.

Parades are an integral part of any celebration in New Orleans and Halloween is no different. The Krewe of Boo lead the official parade with spooky creatures to frighten and excite the tourists who clamour to catch the ‘mardi-gras’ style Halloween beads. Fully illustrated this paper will provide an insight into one of the most extravagant, and as everything else is in New Orleans, different celebrations of Halloween.

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