"A sophisticated yet playful celebration of all things macabre, morbid, and marvelous . . . Bannatyne makes a great case for celebrating Halloween everyday, all year long. . . . It's an energetic, thorough, and breathless salute to everyone's favorite horror holiday." -Chris Alexander, editor in chief, Fangoria magazine
"After reading this book, I've added about thirty things to this year's 'Halloween to-do list'! Halloween Nation is the perfect source for hundreds of different ways to celebrate our favorite holiday!" -Richard Christy, writer/producer, The Howard Stern Show, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio
From the Author
Halloween Nation is my attempt to understand why Halloween is so important today, who makes and celebrates it, and why it matters. It's my fifth book, and my favorite. There are those who say that Halloween is an over-commercialized holiday that's lost its meaning. After talking with scream queens, prop-designers, pumpkin carvers and growers, pumpkin beer brewers, ghost hunters, home haunters, mediums, witches, zombie scientists, dark artists, craft artists, musicians, morticians, and many, many others, I can tell you that Halloween is very important to a lot of different people, and for reasons that go way beyond how incredibly fun it is. I really hope you enjoy this.