Halloween: An American Holiday, an American Historyby Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
Halloween, which began more than 2,000 years ago in ancient Druidic and pagan celebrations, has drawn from the
The fastest-growing holiday in America may now claim its very own definitive history. Discover the fascinating and diverse origins of the traditions, celebrations, and superstitions surrounding All Hallow's Eve in the only book that tells the whole story.
Halloween, which began more than 2,000 years ago in ancient Druidic and pagan celebrations, has drawn from the traditions of various American ethnic groups to evolve into its modern incarnation. Young readers and adults alike will enjoy learning the odd facts about pumpkins, witches, and ghosts. Among the latter, Humphrey Bogart's spirit haunts New York every October 31, warning, "Don't stick around California too long."
While some may question Bogie's advice, none will argue that this is the most complete and fascinating history of the holiday.
One of the nation's foremost authorities on Halloween, Lesley Bannatyne has shared her vast knowledge of the holiday in television specials for Nickelodeon and the History Channel. She is also co-director of Invisible Cities Group and co-artistic director of the Studebaker Theater.
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