The year I started teaching a movie called The Crow came out in the theaters. It was a huge hit despite the tragic death of the lead actor, Brandon Lee.
The plot of the story is that a loving couple is brutally murdered on Devil's Night and the hero returns from the dead to seek revenge. Devil's Night is the day before Halloween and has been historically a time of riots, vandalism and mayhem. It was a particular tough time in Detroit, Michigan between the 1970-1990.
During my first year of teaching I had three students arrested for vandalism and malicious mischief on Halloween Day. They were given several thousand hours of community services. One of my students parents decided to try to use his learning disability as an excuse for his crime. I wasn't exactly cooperative on the matter and refused to support the parent. All three were completely baffled they were in trouble because as it turned out they were emulating the scenes from The Crow and using the history of Devi's Night as their reasoning for going on their vandalism spree.
This inspired my yearly English/Language Arts and History class on Halloween. The emphasis is always.. always.... this is not a night of violence! Each year, depending on what is the current fad I will also include the history of that particular "monster." Over the years my students have learned about the history of witches, werewolves, vampires, and zombies. This year, since zombies are a current favorite my students have been researching the history and development of the zombie.
Let me share with you a bit of history............. mooohahahaha!!!!!
The History of Halloween-- Courtesy of the History Channel