Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History

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"An excellent resource for research into the history of holidays . . . in the United States . . . Highly Recommended."
--The Book Report

"A well-documented discussion of the blending of traditions from the early days in Europe to present day America."
--Library Talk

Halloween, the fastest-growing holiday in the country, offers a unique window on American culture. This volume traces the history of Halloween celebrations from their earliest roots in the British Isles. It also explores the vital influences of the ...

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Overview

"An excellent resource for research into the history of holidays . . . in the United States . . . Highly Recommended."
--The Book Report

"A well-documented discussion of the blending of traditions from the early days in Europe to present day America."
--Library Talk

Halloween, the fastest-growing holiday in the country, offers a unique window on American culture. This volume traces the history of Halloween celebrations from their earliest roots in the British Isles. It also explores the vital influences of the ethnic, religious, and occult heritages of the diverse peoples who settled in America.

Related recipes, poems, songs, and crafts are all included in this, the only book that reveals the whole history of All Hallow's Eve in the United States.

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. She is also co-director of the Studebaker Theater.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565543461
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 434,774
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.37 (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 March 14, 2004

    Finally, a book which explains what Halloween is really all about!!

    Very interesting and informative. I loved this book because it explains that Halloween is not an evil holiday at all. In fact, the Catholic church named the holiday Al Hallows Eve. The associations of witches, pumpkins, trick or treating and other symbols of Halloween have meaning and their origins explained.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2000

    Want to know about Halloween?

    This is great book if you want to know about Halloween. Not just the usual stuff, although its there too. I liked finding out about the history and traditions of Halloween. I got some great ideas how to celebrate this year with my own kids and my students.

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