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198 × 129 mm
232 pages
53 illustrations
12 Aug 2019
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Trick or Treat A History of Halloween Lisa Morton

Trick or Treat is the first book to both examine the origins and history of Halloween and explore in depth its current global popularity. Festivals like the Celtic Samhain and Catholic All Souls’ Day have blended to produce the modern Halloween, which has been reborn in America – but there are also related but independent holidays, especially Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Lisa Morton explores the explosion in popularity of haunted attractions and the impact of events such as the global economic recession, as well as the effect Halloween has had on popular culture through literary works, films and television series.

Trick or Treat takes us on a journey from the spectacular to the macabre, making it a must for anyone who wants to peep behind the mask to see the real past and present of this ever more popular holiday.

Lisa Morton is an award-winning author and widely acknowledged as one of the world's leading authorities on Halloween. Her work includes Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween, Ghosts: A Haunted History (both from Reaktion), A Halloween Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries (awarded the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement) and The Halloween Encyclopedia, now in its second edition. She lives in Los Angeles, California.