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Books Present Trick-Or-Treat Alternatives
By Michaele Birney Arneson
February 1, 2003

Evolving from the ancient Celtic fire festival of “Samhain,” which signaled the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, modern Halloween traditions continue to change as parents’ concerns about child safety take precedence over trick-or-treating. Halloween books are a good way to move the fun indoors, while keeping the tradition alive.

Party and Craft Ideas

Theme parties are a popular trick-or-treat alternative, and a number of books have appeared recently to assist the party planner. Besides giving readers ideas for their own Halloween parties, retailers can also benefit by stocking some of the items mentioned.

Halloween Pumpkins & Parties

Better Homes and Garden Books (editor) has Halloween Pumpkins & Parties (Meredith Books, 2002) and Halloween Fun: 101 Ideas to Get in the Spirit (Meredith Books, 2001) With plenty of photographs in both books, party planners can get great ideas of what to shop for while flipping through the pages.

Halloween Fun: 101 Ideas to Get in the Spirit

Halloween Crafts: Eerily Elegant Décor (Krause Publications, 2001) has stylish suggestions for those desiring a more sophisticated get-together. Not without kitsch appeal, the book is co-authored by Kasey Rogers (Louise Tate) from TV’s Bewitched series.

Partygoers of all ages will enjoy A Halloween How-To: Costumes, Parties, Decorations, and Destinations (Pelican Publishing Company, 2001). A one-stop guide for the season, this book combines less well-known history of the tradition with more than 20 pages of visually appropriate Halloween party foods, lists of classic Halloween horror movies, and spooky classical music.


Writer's Bio: Michaele Birney Arneson is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in children’s topics, education and employment, health science, and environmental issues.

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