History

Trick or Treat

by Lisa Morton
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Release Date: 2013-09-15
Genre: History
Pages: 256 pages
ISBN 13: 1780230559
ISBN 10: 9781780230559
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle
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Synopsis : Trick or Treat written by Lisa Morton, published by Reaktion Books which was released on 2013-09-15. Download Trick or Treat Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Even more similar to trick or treating was a Christmas custom called 'belsnickling'. Derived from a German mumming tradition known as Peltztnickel, belsnickling was performed in the eastern areas ofthe USA and Canada, and consisted ... -- Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary movies and go on ghost tours. There are parades, fireworks displays, cornfield mazes, and haunted houses—and, most important, copious amounts of bite-sized candy. The popularity of Halloween has spread around the globe to places as diverse as Russia, China, and Japan, but its association with death and the supernatural and its inevitable commercialization has made it one of our most misunderstood holidays. How did it become what it is today? In Trick or Treat, Halloween aficionado Lisa Morton provides a thorough history of this spooky day. She begins by looking at how holidays like the Celtic Samhain, a Gaelic harvest festival, have blended with the British Guy Fawkes Day and the Catholic All Souls’ Day to produce the modern Halloween, and she explains how the holiday was reborn in America, where costumes and trick-or-treat rituals have become new customs. Morton takes into account the influence of related but independent holidays, especially the Mexican Day of the Dead, as well as the explosion in popularity of haunted attractions and the impact of such events as 9/11 and the economic recession on the celebration today. Trick or Treat also examines the effect Halloween has had on popular culture through the literary works of Washington Irving and Ray Bradbury, films like Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Simpsons. Considering the holiday in the context of its worldwide popularity for the first time, this book will be a treat for any Halloween lover.