The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic is an online center for classes on fairy tales, folklore, and fantastic literature created in 2016. Its founders, Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman, both earned PhDs in English and Folklore from The Ohio State University. They are specialists in folk narrative, creative writers with numerous publications, and best friends who occasionally make horrible faces at each other, make fun of each other mercilessly, and laugh like drunken pixies. At The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, real magic – gritty, sink-your-teeth-into-it, beautiful magic – is in story, is in art, is in folklore. It’s in an ancient charm for protection against storms, and in the crafting of a poem that captures that power. It’s in the garden you keep, in the silver on your fingers, in the fairy tales and legends you still remember, and tell again and again, because you need to.
In the spirit of the season, this fall they are offering a mini-course on “The Folklore of Halloween” for only $25! Over four video lectures, Brittany and Sara will talk about the roots of Halloween, the connections between Halloween and the Celtic festival of Samhain (they are different than you might think!), seasonal fairy belief, the evolution of Halloween customs like costumes and trick-or-treating, deathlore, ghost legends, legend tripping, and so much more! All course readings as PDFs, discussion questions for learning and self-discovery, a further reading page full of Halloween delights to explore on your own, access to the private course Facebook discussion group for the mini-course, and one beautifully designed Halloween grimoire page!
Registration is open until October 27th at midnight – all course materials will go out on October 28th!