Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History

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9780816018468: Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History

The fastest-growing holiday in America may now claim its very own definitive history. Discover the fascinating and diverse origins of the traditions, celebrations, and superstitions surrounding All Hallow's Eve in the only book that tells the whole story.Halloween, which began more than 2,000 years ago in ancient Druidic and pagan celebrations, has drawn from the traditions of various American ethnic groups to evolve into its modern incarnation. Young readers and adults alike will enjoy learning the odd facts about pumpkins, witches, and ghosts. Among the latter, Humphrey Bogart's spirit haunts New York every October 31, warning, "Don't stick around California too long."While some may question Bogie's advice, none will argue that this is the most complete and fascinating history of the holiday.One of the nation's foremost authorities on Halloween, Lesley Bannatyne has shared her vast knowledge of the holiday in television specials for Nickelodeon and the History Channel. She is also co-director of Invisible Cities Group and co-artistic director of the Studebaker Theater.

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"An excellent resource for research into the history of holidays . . . in the United States . . . Highly Recommended."
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"A well-documented discussion of the blending of traditions from the early days in Europe to present day America."
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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.

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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. For more than twenty years, she also has been active in the theater. She currently is co-director of Invisible Cities Group and co-artistic director of the Studebaker Theater. Ms. Bannatyne resides in Medford, Massachusetts, and has been named one of Boston's 100 Interesting Women by Boston Woman magazine.

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Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
Editorial: Facts on File (1990)
ISBN 10: 0816018464 ISBN 13: 9780816018468
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Descripción Facts on File, 1990. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. illustrated edition. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0816018464

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