Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History

Halloween: An American Holiday, an American

"Lesley Bannatyne's fascinating book . . . will be widely appealing to anyone who ever wondered where witches, trick-or-treating, and jack-o-lanterns really came from. It is by far the best book on the history of Halloween available today."--Alison Guss, senior producer,"The Haunted History of Halloween," The History Channel"An excellent resource for research into the history of holidays . . . in the United States . . . Highly Recommended."--The Book Report"Deserves attention as a recommended library acquisition with years of 'life' to its information."--The Midwest Book Review"Overflows with rich and provocative details of ritual, feasts, superstition, and devilment."--North Carolina Historical ReviewHalloween has evolved from the Celtic celebrations of 2,000 years ago to become today the fastest-growing holiday in the country. This, the only book to completely cover All Hallow's Eve, from its beginnings to the present, examines the ancient origins as well as its traditions and celebrations, from costuming to bobbing for apples. Jack-o-lanterns, black cats, and witches are explained. Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins 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, and photos perfectly complement the meticulously documented text. The result is the most educational and entertaining examination of Halloween, its myths, and its truths.

  • Brand: Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
  • ASIN: 1565543467

Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween

Trick or Treat: A History of

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 houses—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 Souls’ 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.

  • Brand: imusti
  • ASIN: 1780231873

Why Pirates Were Nothing Like You Think

Why Pirates Were Nothing Like You

  • ASIN: B0771R1MCM

The Book of Hallowe'en: The Origin and History of Halloween

The Book of Hallowe'en: The Origin and History of

Since its original publication in 1919, Ruth Edna Kelley's THE BOOK OF HALLOWE'EN remains the all time classic exploration of Halloween history, from the mysterious year end rites of the ancient Celts, to the autumnal reign of Samhain, the Druid god of death, to the coming to Europe of Christianity and "All Saints Day," to the charming early 20th Century Halloween beliefs and customs of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Germany and America. Filled with Halloween poems, games and tried and true ancient methods for divining the future (especially for discovering the identity of one's future spouse!), THE BOOK OF HALLOWE'EN opens a captivating window into the past of one of today's most beloved holidays. Table of Contents Publication Information and Dedication Preface Chapter I. Sun-Worship. The Sources Of Hallowe'en Chapter II. The Celts: Their Religion And Festivals Chapter III. Samhain Chapter IV. Pomona Chapter V. The Coming Of Christianity. All Saints'. All Souls'. Chapter VI. Origin And Character Of Hallowe'en Omens Chapter VII. Hallowe'en Beliefs And Customs In Ireland Chapter VIII. In Scotland And The Hebrides Chapter IX. In England and Man Chapter X. In Wales Chapter XI. In Brittany and France Chapter XII. The Teutonic Religion. Witches Chapter XIII. Walpurgis Night Chapter XIV. More Hallowtide Beliefs and Customs Chapter XV. Hallowe'en in America Four Poems

  • Brand: Kelley A M Ruth Edna
  • ASIN: 1495949737

Halloween: The History of America's Darkest Holiday

Halloween: The History of America's Darkest

Wonderfully well-written, outrageous, and provocative." — Booklist."Entertaining … and scholarly … Like a bag of Halloween candy, the book is a lot of fun." — Boston Globe."Fans of cultural history will devour each chapter … like a toothsome treat." — Christian Science Monitor.Acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal explores one of America's most perplexingly popular holidays in this original mix of personal anecdotes and social analysis. Skal traces Halloween's evolution from its dark Celtic history and quaint, small-scale celebrations to its emergence as mammoth seasonal marketing event.Skal takes readers on a cross-country survey that covers remarkably divergent perspectives, from the merchants who welcome a money-making opportunity that's second only to Christmas to fundamentalists who decry Halloween a form of blasphemy and practicing witches who embrace it as a holy day. He also profiles individuals who revel in this once-a-year occasion to participate in elaborate fantasies. Their narratives, combined with the author's cultural analysis, offer a revealing look at an intriguing aspect of our national psyche.

  • ASIN: B01GFERB88

Halloween! (Holiday Series)

Halloween! (Holiday

Witches' hats and harvest moonGhosts that dance to haunted tuneApples, goodies, food galoreHalloween has this and more! Just where did the autumn gaiety begin? Let Silver RavenWolf guide you through the cobwebby corners of time to uncover the history behind Halloween. Honor the spirit of this hallowed harvest holiday with: Halloween magick: Prosperity Pumpkin Spell, Corn Husk Dolly, Solitary Harvest Moon Ritual Magickal goodies: Candied Love Apples, Witches' Brew, Sugar Snakes in Graveyard Dust Halloween myths and superstitions: Black cats, scarecrows, pitchforks, witches, ghosts, and haints Divination: Circle of Ashes and Stones, Magick Mirrors, Apple, Pumpkin Seed, and Water Divination Rituals to Honor the Dead: The Dumb Supper, Samhain Fire, Soul Lights, Spirit Rattles and Spirit Bowls

  • Brand: Silver RavenWolf
  • ASIN: 1567187196

Halloween: Feast of the Dying Sun

Halloween: Feast of the Dying

  • ASIN: B01LW5LVKP

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem,

Edgar Award-winning travel writer spends an autumn living in one of America's spookiest tourist destinations: Salem, MassachusettsSalem, Massachusetts, may be the strangest city on the planet. A single event in its 400 years of history―the Salem Witch Trials of 1692―transformed it into the Capital of Creepy in America. But Salem is a seasonal town―and its season happens to be Halloween. Every October, this small city of 40,000 swells to more than a quarter million as witches, goblins, ghouls, and ghosts (and their admirers) descend on Essex Street. For the fall of 2015, occult enthusiast and Edgar Award-winning writer J.W. Ocker moved his family of four to downtown Salem to experience firsthand a season with the witch, visiting all of its historical sites and macabre attractions. In between, he interviews its leaders and citizens, its entrepreneurs and visitors, its street performers and Wiccans, its psychics and critics, creating a picture of this unique place and the people who revel in, or merely weather, its witchiness. 25 b/w photographs

  • Brand: J W Ocker
  • ASIN: 1581573391

Halloween's Spooky History (The History of Our Holidays: Leveled Reader: Social Studies)

Halloween's Spooky History (The History of Our Holidays: Leveled Reader: Social

Costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treatingthese are all parts of the modern traditions of Halloween. Readers might wonder where this strange but fun holiday came from. This informative volume has the surprising answers. Both ancient beliefs and modern customs are covered in this comprehensible guide to Halloweens history. Colorful, informative photographs support and enhance the text.

  • ASIN: 1482438925

Making History Tease

Making History

  • ASIN: B06W54HYDJ