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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher McFarland & Co Inc Pub
Publication date August 1, 2003
Pages 232
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780786415243
ISBN-10 078641524X
Dimensions 0.75 by 7 by 10.25 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $75.00
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Summary
Offers an alphabetical listing of topics relating to Halloween, including bobbing for apples, mumming, and witches. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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) deserves more attention than it has received in 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 small entries cover Halloween history and mythology, fortune-telling lore, harvest legends, and 20th century additions to the holiday's rituals.

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from McFarland & Co Inc Pub (August 1, 2003)
9780786415243 | details & prices | 232 pages | 7.00 × 10.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $75.00
About: Offers an alphabetical listing of topics relating to Halloween, including bobbing for apples, mumming, and witches.
Paperback
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2 edition from McFarland & Co Inc Pub (April 27, 2011)
9780786460748 | details & prices | 255 pages | 7.25 × 10.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $75.00
About: First published by McFarland in 2003, The Halloween Encyclopedia (described by Booklist as "a worthy addition to public and school libraries as well as the reference shelves of journalists and leaders of community events") was the first encyclopedic reference on the cultural phenomenon known as Halloween.

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