Book Review: Halloween: The History of America’s Darkest Holiday by David J Skal

I love Halloween. Everyone loves Halloween. Although I admit I love it more in theory and concept than in actuality. I haven’t really had any good plans for Halloween in over a decade. I still love the decorations and have my daughter to take trick or treating now, though. 

Anyway, this book takes the modern holiday and gives the story of how it became what it is. From the origin of the poisoned candy scare craze to the beginning of the children running around in costumes gangs and beyond this is ln some of the Halloween history you don’t always hear about. 

Most books on the subject focus on the fun craft stuff or talk of the pagan festivals and day of the dead origins that make it seem more exotic and ancient. 

This book isn’t about that stuff. It’s about the evolution of the modern traditions. The things that shaped the current holiday. It’s a thoroughly fascinating subject and anyone with an interest in holiday origins would certainly enjoy it. 

You can buy Halloween by David J Skal on June 15th at your favorite booksellers. 
*i received this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*


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