When we think of literature and the holiday of Halloween, we think of the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Before I had ever seen a scary movie, I had read Poe’s “Tell Tale Heart” and “The Raven.” With his talent for vivid descriptions that touch and kindle our thrill of frightening visual and auditory experiences, if he had lived in the 20th or 21st centuries, he would have been a famous horror movie screenwriter. As an activity for your Halloween Party, consider reading aloud one of his works. You’ll certainly scare your guests!
This week marks the ceremony of his “deserved funeral.” He died in October in 1849 after being found wandering the streets of Baltimore dressed in someone else’s clothes after possibly having been beaten up. He died penniless and without family or friends to honor his memory.
Check out this year’s ceremonies honoring and remembering his life and literary contributions. There are actually two ornate funeral ceremonies planned in his memory. Baltimore, Richmond, New York, Philadelphia and Boston all claim Edgar Allan Poe as their writer and events are planned to honor him!
Share his brilliant, scary stories and poems with your Halloween guests and tell us about it!