Did The Addams Family theme lure you or are you excited about your first Halloween in Canada? Either way you can count on Koerner Library to celebrate this spooky season!

Yes, the pandemic has slowed things down, but, did you know that the Public Health Agency of Canada developed Halloween Safety documents even before COVID-19? It was a long journey from a pagan ritual to a socially distanced celebration, and some resources might help you understand and enjoy it.

Library Guides can also help you to explore subject databases to find Journal articles and books related to Halloween. Some that you may want to try include History, Sociology, or Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice to find more resources like these:

Almost a 100 years ago, Ruth Edna Kelley was already curious about Halloween and wrote The Book of Hallowe’en. Many things have changed and on Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, Nicholas Rogers thoroughly explored History, acknowledged librarians’ support on his research and engaged his readers; how could we not recommend this to you?

Halloween is more than a date, it’s a significant event in pop culture. It has influenced books, movies and plays, and Halloween: Youth Cinema and the Horrors of Growing Up, by Mark Bernard helps to bring that to light. Forty years after terrifying people all over the world, in 2018, the Halloween franchise launched a successful sequel that you can watch from one of our film streaming databases, check it out!

Not a fan of the Halloween franchise? UBC Library provides access to many other movies trough Streaming Media Resources. Does it seem hard to find films using the library catalogue? Don’t panic and check our Film Finding and Using Guide. You can also browse a great list of scary movies that LASSA UBC (Library and Archival Studies Students Association at UBC iSchool) curated especially for Halloween weekend!

Not in the mood for movies? We’ve got some fun books, too!

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman might be a novel for Young Adults, but it terrifies all audiences!

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein might be a well known classic, but in 2017 it was also recreated as an annotated version for creators and scientists, and in 2018 UBC alumna Linda Bailey launched Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein.

Do you find ravens lovely creatures? Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery, Imagination and Humour  is an inspiration to many authors.

Stephen King is a famous writer of horror, and many of his novels were adapted to screen. Whichever format is your favorite, you can find his work at UBC Library.

From historical references to scary movies, we’ve got you covered for this spooky season!


Andrus, Emily. (2016). Witch’ book will put you under its spell? [online image]. Literary Hoots. http://www.literaryhoots.com/2016/10/halloween-library-display-and-book-list.html

Mizzy, Vic. (1964). Addams Family Theme. RCA Victor.

With Halloween coming up soon, we’d like to remind everyone who will be dressing up to be aware of cultural appropriation when selecting a costume. What does this mean? Cultural appropriation is when someone uses elements of a culture not their own for their own purposes. These kinds of costumes reduce a culture to harmful stereotypes and dismiss any important cultural meaning that may be attached to traditional clothing or belongings.

Now is a great time to get creative! We can respect other cultures and still come up with clever, funny, scary costumes.

Local Love had a great article last year on why cultural appropriation on Halloween isn’t okay.

And if you’d like to learn about cultural appropriation versus cultural appreciation, check out this video with Rosanna Deerchild:

Click here to view the embedded video.

For those of you who are staying home and may be looking for some spooky movies to watch, there’s a few different resources for streaming video which you can find through “Indexes and Databases” in the UBC Library catalogue.

Remember to login to the library website using your CWL before you start browsing: https://login.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/login

  • Audio Cine Films: This collection offers access to 1000’s of titles from the world’s most renowned film studios and producers. You can filter your results to their Halloween category.
  • Criterion on Demand: Find over 2000 streamed feature films including classics, new releases, foreign films, literary adaptations, documentaries, animated titles, and independent features. Depending on how spooky you want to get, choose from their genres like horror, mystery, or thriller.
  • World Cinema Collection: Films produced in the silent era to contemporary times from around the world. Using their advanced search option you can search for Horror OR Thriller and select “videos” under search options.

Support Analyst I

Mitchell Wynkoop, Support Analyst IBackground

Mitchell Wynkoop (Mitch) is rejoining the learning center in a Support Analyst I role after completing his co-op and MLIS at the UBC School of Information in 2020. Mitchell was the co-op student assigned to work on the LibCal Implementation project for UBC Libraries. His professional experience includes work with academic libraries (with an emphasis on technology), management and customer service. Mitchell is passionate about opening access to information and technologies for users to educate and better themselves as well as their communities.



Current role and responsibilities

As a continuing role from Mitchell’s co-op experience with UBC Libraries, his support analyst position is primarily focused on the event and room booking system and its ongoing development. In addition to being a LibCal program resource, Mitchell also has had the opportunity to support additional library projects. He is interested in developing further web development skills in addition to data analysis.



Phone: (604)827-2393
Email: mitchell.wynkoop@ubc.ca

The DTES RAP provides access to research and research-related materials relevant to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through an easy-to-use public interface.

In Canada and in many other places around the world, November 11th commemorates the end of the First World War. We take this day to honour the men and women of Canada who fought in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953), along with all those who continue to serve.

On November 8th, we also celebrate Aboriginal Veterans Day here in Canada. While this is not a federal holiday, it is important to commemorate and honour the sacrifices made by the thousands of Indigenous, Métis and Inuit people who served. We are proud to house some of their stories in The X̱wi7x̱wa Library.


The Scout: Tommy Prince by David Robertson

This graphic novel tells the story of Tommy Prince, a decorated Indigenous war hero, and his exploits on the European battlefields of the Second World War.


Nickel Trip: A Second World War Bomber Pilot from Boissevain, Manitoba Shares His Experiences with His Youngest Son by Brad Bird

Recounting his experiences as a bomber pilot in the Second World War, F.C.C. Bird combines a vivid picture of wartime valour and a young man’s dream of flight.


Forgotten Warriors

This documentary introduces us to thousands of Indigenous Canadians who enlisted and fought alongside their countrymen and women during World War II, even though they could not be conscripted. Ironically, while they fought for the freedom of others, they were being denied equality in their own country and returned home to find their land seized. Available through the National Film Board with UBC login.


From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddy Weetaltuk

In 1951, Eddy decided to leave James Bay. Because Inuit weren’t allowed to leave the North, he changed his name and used this new identity to enlist in the Canadian Forces and headed off to fight in the Korean War. In 1967, after fifteen years in the Canadian Forces, Eddy returned home.


Sounding Thunder : the stories of Francis Pegahmagabow by Brian D. McInnes

This biography follows the life of Francis Pegahmagabow (1889-1952), a member of the Ojibwe nation, who was born in Shawanaga, Ontario. Enlisting at the onset of the First World War, he served overseas as a scout and sniper and became Canada’s most decorated Indigenous soldier.


Sioux Code Talkers of World War II by Andrea M. Page

The incredible contributions made by code talkers of the Sioux nation during WWII are illuminated in this book which is part historical study and part family narrative.


For King and Kanata by Timothy C. Winegard

The first comprehensive history of the Indigenous First World War experience on the battlefield and the home front. Timothy C. Winegard reveals how national and international forces directly influenced the more than 4,000 Indigenous men and women who voluntarily served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force between 1914 and 1919, and how subsequent administrative policies profoundly affected their experiences at home, on the battlefield, and as returning veterans

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