Pop Culture Classroom
Educational comics and A FREE common-core-aligned downloadable comic series about people, places, and events in US history.
The History of Halloween
lndigenous People’s Comic Collection
In The History of of Halloween, students will investigate the history of Halloween, one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the U.S., using a short comic and accompanying educational resources.
The unique history of Halloween dates back well over a millennium, originating with the Celtic tradition of Samhain. Over time, Halloween has transformed from a holiday marking the transition from summer harvest to colder winters, to a Christian commemoration of the dead, to a massively commercialized celebration in which children parade from door to door in costume collecting candy.
In The History of Halloween, Naveah and her two brothers learn about this history from two mysterious Jack-o’-lantern-headed figures who claim to have celebrated Halloween for centuries. Through their stories, the siblings learn the origins of many common Halloween traditions in the United States, including trick-or-treating, costumes, and Jack-o’-lanterns.
Download free history comics about the Trail of Tears, the legendary Chief Ouray, the Sand Creek Massacre, and the epic story of Mesa Verde and its peoples.
In Issue #32, A Tale of Sand Creek, read the tale of one family’s experience during the Sand Creek Massacre, when seven hundred members of the Colorado Territory Militia embarked on an attack of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian villages.