Readership: General readership.
Nicholas Rogers, Professor of History, York University
""This survey of Halloween, its cultural origins and development, will tell you everything you need to know, and possibly more. With a topic this intriguing, the author doesn't need tricks to come up with a treat."—The Montreal Gazette"
""The best work so far on this increasingly important holiday."—Publishers Weekly"
""Performs the heroic service of taking all the stuff in stores seriously, as instruments in the creation of a new unreligious holiday of some significance, if the retailers are to be believed.... They say that the devil is in the details, and Rogers is a connoisseur of delicious tidbits of macabre."—New York Times Book Review"
""Halloween is a rich mix of historical detail and keen cultural observation about the holiday in North America. He reaches far back to the festival's pagan roots and follows its development into a unique celebration of liminality, cultural borrowing, and outrageous invention. Halloween is surely an important contribution to a growing literature that takes seriously our moments of play."—Penne Restad, author of Christmas in America: A History"
""This book paints its subject in very broad strokes, giving us a glimpse of an increasingly significant holiday over a vast expanse of space and time. How delightful, too, to read about an event through a North American, rather than strictly American perspective."—Jack Kugelmass, author of Masked Culture: The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade"