"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."
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.
You will learn the whole history behind halloween with this book,I enjoyed it greatly.
The book covers the earliest days of our country through the 20th century and even does a colony by colony run down of Halloween events in the Colonial period.
There was no such character in any Celtic pantheon; the word Samhain (pronounced roughly "sah-wen") actually means "summer's end."
This book was on a recommended list by the citizens of Salem, MA website and its pretty darned informative! Glad I bought it!Published 4 months ago by Vicki Peck
This is a fun book that tells how we got the various Halloween traditions and practices that comprise our present(sadly becoming past) Halloween. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patricia A Freese
Lesley Bannatyne is an expert on matters Halloween, be they current or ancient. Last year, I read her very excellent and entertaining "Halloween Nation" and immediately... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeffrey M. Brown
Lesley Pratt Bannatyne has also written A Halloween Reader: Poems, Stories, and Plays from Halloween Past, Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night, Halloween... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steven H Propp
It has always been difficult to explain to Christians the beginnings of the Halloween. Where some hear the word and think some satanist, where others see sweet innocent children... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Virginia S. Sargent
A fun and informative look at one of America's favorite holidays. Chronicles the day over the years and is written by America's top authority on the subject in my opinion.Published 17 months ago by Mike P
This is exactly what I was looking for to read to my daughter's 4th grade class. Her teacher liked the book so much, she turned it into book report. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Elizabeth Tabor
Her pre-American history is all wrong. Samhain is not a god. It was the Celtic New Year festival. It had nothing to do with the dead. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Lisa Marie