Halloween How-To: Costumes, Parties, Decorations and Destinations

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"This how-to offers everything anyone would ever want to know about All Hallows Eve. . . . A useful reference for both the growing population of adults who revel in Halloween and folks who seek to make the trick-or-treat experience a little more harrowing for unsuspecting children in costume." --Booklist

Packed with tips to inspire the imagination, A Halloween How-To includes: fifty costume ideas that are easy to make and fun to wear, sample text for party invitations, recipes for spooky (and delicious) food, and...

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Overview

"This how-to offers everything anyone would ever want to know about All Hallows Eve. . . . A useful reference for both the growing population of adults who revel in Halloween and folks who seek to make the trick-or-treat experience a little more harrowing for unsuspecting children in costume." --Booklist

Packed with tips to inspire the imagination, A Halloween How-To includes: fifty costume ideas that are easy to make and fun to wear, sample text for party invitations, recipes for spooky (and delicious) food, and tons of instructions on creating special effects, makeup, or putting together a haunted house. There is even a guide to where to go for haunted houses, pumpkin festivals, parades, and ghost tours!

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In this entertaining romp, Bannatyne discusses Halloween trends past and present, dissecting such fun topics as costumes, recipes, movies, parties, myths and expeditions (Salem or bust!). She even closes with an up-to-the-minute chapter on "what's next" in Halloween observance. (According to the author, disguising yourself as a pillowcase ghost is so very last year, but you can't go wrong with classic monsters such as vampires and witches.) One of the most fascinating chapters addresses some of the myths about Halloween. Bannatyne claims, for example, that the razor-blades-in-apples-scare is merely an urban legend with no basis in fact. Who knew? (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565547742
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the nation's foremost authorities on Halloween, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne has shared her vast knowledge of the holiday in television specials for Nickelodeon and the History Channel. For more than twenty years, she also has been active in the theater. She currently is co-director of Invisible Cities Group and co-artistic director of the Studebaker Theater. Ms. Bannatyne resides in Medford, Massachusetts, and has been named one of Boston's 100 Interesting Women by Boston Woman magazine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    Excellent source of Halloween Information

    The best book on decorating, costumes, spooky music, creating home haunts, etc. Not geared toward children's parties, but genuine spooky, adult fun. A great source for anyone serious about Halloween.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2002

    A Great Halloween Guide!

    Here is a book that is chock full of halloween goodies, including illustrated gags and some great places to visit. This has quickly become my guide for halloween.I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for some new fresh ideas on how to make the most out of your halloween.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2001

    The Best How-To

    This is the best how-to for serious Halloweeners I've come across. Finally, something with substance for party-givers and yard haunters! Plus it's sprinkled through with lots of fascinating historical tidbits and great stories about folks in the boo-biz. The costumes and recipes alone are worth the price of admission, and I also enjoyed thumbing through the various celebrations across the country. There's so much here you'll want to take your time.

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