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Halloween: American Holiday, Amer. History (98 Edition)by Bannatyne
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Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary movies and go on ghost tours. There are parades, fireworks displays, cornfield mazes, and haunted housesandmdash;and, most important, copious amounts of bite-sized candy. The popularity of Halloween has spread around the globe to places as diverse as Russia, China, and Japan, but its association with death and the supernatural and its inevitable commercialization has made it one of our most misunderstood holidays. How did it become what it is today?
In Trick or Treat, Halloween aficionado Lisa Morton provides a thorough history of this spooky day. She begins by looking at how holidays like the Celtic Samhain, a Gaelic harvest festival, have blended with the British Guy Fawkes Day and the Catholic All Soulsandrsquo; Day to produce the modern Halloween, and she explains how the holiday was reborn in America, where costumes and trick-or-treat rituals have become new customs. Morton takes into account the influence of related but independent holidays, especially the Mexican Day of the Dead, as well as the explosion in popularity of haunted attractions and the impact of such events as 9/11 and the economic recession on the celebration today. Trick or Treat also examines the effect Halloween has had on popular culture through the literary works of Washington Irving and Ray Bradbury, films like Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Simpsons.
Considering the holiday in the context of its worldwide popularity for the first time, this book will be a treat for any Halloween lover.
Lesley Bannatyne's fascinating book . . . will be widely appealing toanyone who ever wondered where witches, trick-or-treating, and jack-o-lanternsreally came from. It is by far the best book on the history of Halloweenavailable today.Alison Guss, senior producer, The Haunted History of Halloween, The History ChannelAn excellent resource for research into the history of holidays . . .in the United States . . . Highly Recommended.The Book ReportHalloween has evolved from the Druids' celebrations of 2,000 years ago tobecome today the fastest-growing holiday in the country. This, the only book tocompletely cover All Hallow's Eve, examines those ancient origins as well as itstraditions and celebrations, from costuming to bobbing for apples.Jack-o-lanterns, black cats, and witches are explained. Ghosts, ghouls, andgoblins lurk behind every page.The book traces the contributions of America's immigrants to the holiday, documenting the beliefs each ethnic group has added to the mix. Related recipes, poems, songs, crafts, and photos perfectly complement the meticulouslydocumented text. The result is the most educational and entertaining examinationof Halloween, its myths, and its truths.
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.<P>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."<P>While some may question Bogie's advice, none will argue that this is the most complete and fascinating history of the holiday.<P>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.
About the Author
Lisa Morton is an award-winning author and one of the worldandrsquo;s leading authorities on Halloween. Her work includes The Halloween Encyclopedia and A Halloweandrsquo;en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries.
Table of Contents
1. Halloween: The Misunderstood Festival
2. Snap-apple Night and November Eve: Halloween in the British Isles
3. Trick or Treat in the New World
4. La Toussaint, Allerheiligen and Tutti i Santi: The Global Celebration
5. Dias de los Muertos
6. From Burns to Burton: Halloween and Popular Culture
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