Today I am going to discuss with you about a book entitled Halloween Nation by Lesley Bannatyne.
This is not your average book about the history of Halloween and blah, blah, blah. Oh no, this book does give history but it gives an in depth look into why we as a nation like Halloween so much.
The book is broken up into four parts.
Part 3 of her book is dedicated to the idea of enjoying Halloween in comradery with others. She illustrates this by the community Halloween parades and zombie gatherings all over the country. Who doesn't like to dance to "Thriller" dressed as a zombie?
In this two chapter part of the book she also discusses what she calls "terrortainment" or haunted houses, ghost ships etc. She explains we are willing to pay to be scared because we have a need to practice being scared. I found that to be a crazy idea but really why else would we pay for something like that? In theory, it makes sense because the not real helps us prepare for the real. Then again...
The book's final chapters end with those things that generally do not fit in to what the majority of people think of as Halloween. Here you will find those people who take Halloween to the ultimate extreme.
She includes Halloween tattoo artist and those who take part, Halloween strippers and pranksters of all kinds.
Over all, this book is a fun read especially if you want to know more than just the usual about Halloween. This book will make you laugh and shake your head in wonder. Check it out. I did! :)
Your Crypt Keeper,