Synopses & Reviews
Halloween is now second only to Christmas as a retail holiday, and is now celebrated as much by adults as by children. Here are the answers to all your Halloween questions -- a must-have for everybody who loves costumes, candy, parties, and ghouls. There are recipes, music and movie tips, instructions for fifty costumes, decorating tips, themes for parties, and even travel tips for some of the best haunted houses, pumpkin patches, parades, and ghost tours in the country.
What is the difference between a goblin and a ghoul?What's the recipe for pumpkin soup? Where can you see the oldest Halloweenparade in the United States? Have you ever wondered how to keep your carvedpumpkin from decaying too quickly?If you're looking for information and instructions about everyaspect of Halloween, you've come to the right place. A HalloweenHow-To is packed with ideas for October 31. There are fifty greatcostumes you can make yourself, recipes for everything from fake blood topumpkin soup, and lists of great movies, CDs, and spooky books.Lesley Bannatyne has even assembled a number of games drawn fromearly twentieth-century Halloween celebrations, and includes sample text forparty invitations. (Our Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs ofYesteryear postcards are great to use with these )One of the nation's foremost authorities on Halloween, LesleyPratt Bannatyne has shared her vast knowledge of the holiday in televisionspecials for New England Cable News, Nickelodeon, and the History Channel. Shewas an invited speaker at the Global Halloween Convergence in 2000, and hasalso served as guest lecturer at the St. Louis Museum of Art.For more than twenty years, Ms. Bannatyne also has been active inthe theater. She currently is co-director of Invisible Cities Group andco-artistic director of the Studebaker Theater. Ms. Bannatyne resides inSomerville, Massachusetts, and has been named one of Boston's 100 InterestingWomen by Boston Woman magazine. Ms. Bannatyne's first book, Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History (pb original) is alsoavailable from Pelican.