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