The Halloween Encyclopedia
The concept of Halloween as a holiday and cultural phenomenon worthy of serious study is only a few decades old, and only since the mid-1980s have scholars started to accept that Halloween's place in modern society (especially in American society) merits attention beyond horror fiction and children's books. The first book devoted solely to Halloween was published just over a century ago, and now, Halloween has its own encyclopedia.Major entries include Samhain, the Celtic ancestor of Halloween; witches, a major Christian addition to the mythology of Halloween and one that still generates interest and controversy; skeletons, a universally recognized symbol of death; the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday that is often compared to Halloween; the jack-o'-lantern, which has its roots in folktales starring the rascally Jack who always manages somehow to beat the Devil; and trick-or-treating, the most loved and misunderstood American Halloween ritual. Hundreds of entries cover Halloween history and mythology, fortune-telling lore, harvest legends, and 20th century additions to the holiday's rituals.
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Review: The Halloween EncyclopediaUser Review - Cissa - Goodreads
This is a FABULOUS book! Very comprehensive and data-rich, and every time I looked up something I knew about it was correct... and I usually learned something new as well. I started out reading an ... Read full review
Review: The Halloween EncyclopediaUser Review - Christina Clancy-Filla - Goodreads
It's hard to read this book cover to cover like a regular book but the last week me and my kids have been devouring this book. My kids had tons of questions about Halloween so found this book and all qustions answered :) Had alot of fun learning with my kids :) Read full review