Bewitching Books

As Autumn approaches, I retire to the library in the darkened east wing of my haunted mansion, light a crackling fire, and grab a bewitching book from my ever-growing collection. Below is a loathsome list of my favorite Halloween books.

Halloween History & Studies
Chris Kullstroem (Pelican, 2017)
J.W. Ocker (Countryman, 2016)
Horrific Things (CreateSpace, 2017)
by Nicholas Rogers (Oxford University, 2002)
by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
(Pelican, 2011)
by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
(Pelican, 1990)
by Lisa Morton
(Reaktion Books, 2012)
by David J. Skal
(Dover, 2016)
by Jack Santino, Ed.
(Tennessee, 2003)
by Lisa Morton
(McFarland, 2008)
by Lisa Morton
(McFarland, 2003)
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Halloween Decorating & Entertaining
by Martha Stewart Living
(Clarkson Potter, 2001)
by Martha Stewart
(Martha Stewart, 2010)
by Britta Peterson (2010)
by Britta Peterson (2011)
by Matthew Mead (Oxmoor House, 2012)
by Matthew Mead (Oxmoor House, 2009)
by Matthew Mead
(Oxmoor, 2013)
by Gooseberry Patch
(Oxmoor House, 2012)
by Editors of Country Living
(Hearst, 2009)
by Country Living
(Hearst, 2013)
by Chris Kullstroem (McFarland, 2009)
by Chris Kullstroem
(McFarland, 2009)
by Morgana De Ville (Lorenz, 2013)
by Stephen Brown (McMeel, 2012)
by Bethany Lowe
(Lark Books, 2008)
by Cico Books
(Cico, 2013)
by Susan Wasinger
(Lark Crafts, 2012)
by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
(Pelican Books, 2002)
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Halloween Eats & Treats
Kathryn Dunagan (CreateSpace, 2015)
Britta Peterson (Britta Blvd, 2017)
Sharon Bowers (Storey, 2009)
Beth Jackson Klosterboer (2010)
Christine McConnell
(Regan Arts, 2016)
Lily Vanilli (Cico, 2010)
Zilly Rosen
(Andrews, 2011)
Gianna Sobol, et al
(Chronicle, 2012)
Debbie Goard
(Harper, 2012)
Katya Johanssson (2016)
(Wiley, 2012)
Terrance Zepke
(Safari, 2015)
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The Experts On Why They Love Halloween

Lesley Bannatyne
Halloween Author

“I love Halloween because it's the only holiday we have left where we open our doors to strangers. Halloween draws a big circle around all of us–kids, alternative culture, dark music, yard decorators, crafters, artists–and gives us one night a year where creativity and chaos trump regular day-to-day life. There's incredible freedom in that.”

David J. Skal
Author of Death Makes a Holiday, and The Monster Show

“Halloween is the quintessential American holiday. We grow up with the expectation that we can be anything we want in life, and Halloween is the one night of the year that actually makes good on the promise."

Lisa Morton

“What I love most about Halloween is how it empowers people to be creative, whether making a costume (and as a kid I loved making my own costumes), living out the fantasy of being someone else, decorating their house, or giving people a playful scare with a haunted house.”

Chris Kullstroem
Author of Monster Parties 
and Games
, and Making 
a Monstrous Halloween

“Halloween is when the world transforms into the darkest underworld of our imaginations: filled with monsters and nightmares that we love to enter, embrace or run from screaming." 

Britta Peterson
Webmistress of the Dark

"Halloween is the most creative holiday. Not only are creative costumes a must, but so many varieties of decor can work for Halloween themes...and even better when you have fun making your own!"

Pumpkin Carving & Eating
by Tom Nardone (Penguin Books, 2007-08)
Tom Nardone (HP Books, 2008)
(Gibbs Smith, 2012)
by Lundy Cupp (Fox Chapel, 2016)
by Vic Hood, Jack A. Williams (Fox Chapel, 2004)
by Bon Kotowski(Cedar Tree, 2008)
by Gail Damerow (Storey Books, 1997)
by DeeDee Stovel (Storey, 2005)
by Editors of Country Living Magazine (Hearst, 2005)
Spruce (2014)
Cindy Ott (UW Press, 2013)
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Costumes & Make-up
by B. Clark & A. Dodd
(Workman, 2004)
by Jonni Good
(Wet Cat Books, 2012)
by Per Kapper (Dansk Biblioteks Center, 2011)
by Jim & Tim (Workman, 2003)
by Shirley Dearing
(Meriwether, 1992)
by Joanne O'Sullivan
(Lark, 2003)
by Brian Wolfe and Nick Wolfe (Impact, 2013)
by Shawn Thorsson (Maker Media, 2016)
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Advanced Yard Haunting & Prop Building
Roger Hayes (2014)
by Shawn & Lynne Mitchell
(Rabbit Hole, 2009)
by Shawn & Lynne Mitchell (Rabbit Hole, 2010)
by Shawn & Lynne Mitchell (Rabbit Hole, 2011)
by Shawn & Lynne Mitchell (Rabbit Hole, 2014
by Kenneth Pitek
(McFarland, 2006)
by Tom Nardone
(Perigee Trade, 2009)
by Mike Senese
(Maker Media, 2016)
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Vintage Halloween & Nostalgia
by Diane C. Arkins (Pelican, 2004)
by Diane C. Arkins (Pelican, 2007)
by Phyllis Galembo (Abrams, 2002)
by Mark Ledenbach (Krause, 2007)
by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
(Pelican, 2004)
by Stuart Schneider (Schiffer, 2010)
by James Lantos (Applewood, 2012)
by Ossian Brown (Random House, 2011)
by Marion Paull (Cico, 2014)
by Ruth Edna Kelley (Lulu, 1919)
by Mary F. Blaine (Lulu, 1912)
by Jim Heimann (Taschen, 2005)
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Scary History, Commentary & Oddities
Cassandra Peterson (Colebank, 2017)
Chris Kullstroem (Pelican, 2017)
Lisa Morton (Reaktion, 2017)
Colin Dickey (Penguin, 2016)
Aaron Mahnke (Del Rey, 2017)
Aaron Mahnke (Del Rey, 2018)
Aaron Mahnke (Del Rey, 2018)
Grady Hendrix (Quirk, 2017)
Christopher Dell (Thames & Hudson, 2016)
Chris Woodyard (Kestrel, 2014)
Paul Gambino (Laurence King, 2016)
Jack Mord (Last Gasp, 2014)
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All About Scary Movies
Seth Grahame-Smith (Quirk, 2007)
Adam Rockoff (Scribner, 2015)
Stephen Jones (Applause, 2017)
Stephen Jones (Applause, 2015)
John Landis (DK, 2016)
John Griffin (Insight, 2007)
Nathaniel Tolle (Schiffer, 2014)
Lasseter, Unkrich, Molina (Chronicle, 2017)
J.W. Rinzler (Insight, 2006)
Jed Alger (Chronicle, 2012)
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