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.
- ASIN: B00NWX1Z6K
Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween
Trick or Treat: A History of
Trick or Treat provides a thorough history of this most misunderstood phenomenon. Offering a fascinating overview of how Halloween has spread around the globe, it asks how festivals as diverse as the Celtic Samhain, the British Guy Fawkes Day and the Catholic Holy Days of All Saints and All Souls could have blended to produce the modern Halloween. The holiday was reborn in the United States – where costuming and ‘trick or treat’ rituals became new customs – with parallels in the related, yet independent holidays of Central America, in particular Mexico’s Day of the Dead. The recent explosion in popularity of haunted attractions is discussed and we see also how Halloween’s popularity is rising in non-Western countries like Russia, Japan and China. Finally, Morton considers the impact of such events as 9/11 and the economic recession on the celebration as urban legends and costuming wax and wane.Halloween’s influence on popular culture is examined via the literary works of Washington Irving and Ray Bradbury, films such as John Carpenter’s Halloween and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and television series including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Simpsons and True Blood. Examining Halloween in the context of its increasing worldwide popularity, and illustrated with over 40 images, Trick or Treat leads us on a journey from the spectacular to the macabre, making it a must for anyone looking beyond the mask to the deepest roots of this modern holiday.
- ASIN: B009VGSMRM
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 - History of Its Hidden / Secret Origins (Traditions of North America and the Western World Book 2)
Halloween - History of Its Hidden / Secret Origins (Traditions of North America and the Western World Book
Every October 31, millions of people - young and old alike - dress up like witches, demons, ghosts, and assorted other “evil” characters to celebrate what has become one of America’s biggest retail holidays – Halloween! Where did the tradition of the Halloween celebration originate? Halloween comes to us from a long line of tradition which goes back thousands of years. While this celebration was not always called “Halloween,” it was known by a variety of names in a variety of countries over thousands of years. While it is true that the Irish brought the celebration of this festival to America in the 1840’s, they did not originate the festival. Hundreds of years before the Irish celebrated their festival, the Druids (priests of the Celtic people) held a festival to celebrate their new year at the end of summer as the sun was dying. The Druid festival was called Samhain and it was held to honor their many gods – their sun god in particular. The Druids were the first “trick or treaters,” for they roamed the countryside going from castle to castle demanding a “treat” of human victims for their festival sacrifices. If no “treat” was given to these pagan marauders, they would play a “trick” on the castle inhabitants. Before the night was over, someone in the castle would die of fright! The Druids, however, did not originate the festival of Samhain! The first Halloween ritual was celebrated thousands of years ago in the post-Flood world in Mesopotamia (now called Iraq). While we do not know the exact name of this ancient festival, we do know that it involved worship of fire and serpents; astrology; witchcraft; magic; communicating with the spirits of the dead; and human sacrifice. The first of these festivals was instituted by Nimrod [read more]
- ASIN: B004NIFRX0
Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night
Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party
Boasting a rich, complex history rooted in Celtic and Christian ritual, Halloween has evolved from ethnic celebration to a blend of street festival, fright night, and vast commercial enterprise. In this colorful history, Nicholas Rogers takes a lively, entertaining look at the cultural origins and development of one of the most popular holidays of the year. Drawing on a fascinating array of sources, from classical history to Hollywood films, Rogers traces Halloween as it emerged from the Celtic festival of Samhain (summer's end), picked up elements of the Christian Hallowtide (All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day), arrived in North America as an Irish and Scottish festival, and evolved into an unofficial but large-scale holiday by the early 20th century. He examines the 1970s and '80s phenomena of Halloween sadism (razor blades in apples) and inner-city violence (arson in Detroit), as well as the immense influence of the horror film genre on the reinvention of Halloween as a terror-fest. Throughout his vivid account, Rogers shows how Halloween remains, at its core, a night of inversion, when social norms are turned upside down, and a temporary freedom of expression reigns supreme. He examines how this very license has prompted censure by the religious Right, occasional outrage from law enforcement officials, and appropriation by Left-leaning political groups. Engagingly written and based on extensive research, Halloween is the definitive history of the most bewitching day of the year, illuminating the intricate history and shifting cultural forces behind this enduring trick-or-treat holiday.
- ASIN: 0195146913
Customs For Halloween! Discover Halloween History & Holiday Traditions In This Childrens Halloween Book (Fun Books for Kids Series 1)
Customs For Halloween! Discover Halloween History & Holiday Traditions In This Childrens Halloween Book (Fun Books for Kids Series
Everyone loves to dress up in fun costumes and enjoy time with family and friends!In her latest books for kids, “Customs For Halloween! Discover Halloween History & Holiday Traditions In This Children’s Halloween Book” author Leanne Annett takes a look at the history, customs and traditions of Halloween.This kid’s book also includes a warning for children to stay safe while still enjoying Halloween this year.The book is full of color images on different aspects of the Halloween holiday.Note: This book has been designed for children aged approximately 7 years and older, who can read the book for themselves. Alternatively, parents can read the book to their kids (of all ages) and enjoy a fulfilling time of child and parent bonding.Some topics covered in this book include:•Where did Halloween originate?•When did the traditions begin to be celebrated in America?•What are some fun costume ideas?•Where did the Jack O’ Lantern custom come from?Why not take advantage of the limited time low price as this Kindle book launches and grab a copy for your child today. I am sure your child will enjoy the colorful pictures and the interesting information on Halloween.This Kindle book is exclusive to the Amazon store. It can be easily downloaded and your child can begin reading and learning within a short time. Please let me know your thoughts on the book by leaving a review after you read it. Thanks so much and enjoy reading.
- ASIN: B00FS3QK80