The Halloween Handbook

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Citadel Press, 2001 - Crafts & Hobbies - 224 pages
The avid pumpkin-head's encyclopedic guide to a horrifying Halloween Here is a complete examination of Halloween, from its roots in ancient Celtic fire rituals through its establishment in America by the Irish, right up to today's modern and politically correct celebrations, offering comparisons along the way to similar shivery holidays from other parts of the world, such as Mexico's Day of the Dead. Illustrated with the author's amusing and informative drawings, The Halloween Handbook is a must for every fan of this fabulous, fantastic holiday. Included are dozens of ideas for costumes, decorations, tasty treats, and more, such as instructions for making a haunted house, "brain gelatin, " and a life-size coffin.
 

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Contents

THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN
3
Roman Autumn Customs
11
Guy Fawkes Day
19
The Irish and Halloween
25
DEATH HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD
33
Halloween Abroad
39
The Pumpkin
45
WITCHES AND WITCHCRAFT
55
Haunted Places and Haunted Houses
125
Animal Ghosts
135
Black Cats
144
Spiders
151
Werewolves
157
Adult Costumes
173
Costume Cautions
187
TrickorTreating Cautions
193

Dark Places in the Forest
66
Witches in America
80
Modern Witchcraft
90
Witchcraft in Other Cultures
96
GHOSTs
103
Ghostbusting Traditions
116
SETTING THE SCENE FOR HALLOWEEN
199
BRING HALLOWEEN TO YOUR HOUSE AND YARD
212
HALLOWEEN FOODS
234
HALLOWEEN PARTIES
247
THE FUTURE OF HALLOWEEN
262
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