A Halloween How-To/Costumes, Parties, Decorations and Destinations
Lesley Pratt Bannantyne, author
Some books are a how-to guide, some are cook books, some are travel guides, some are party planners. This one is a bit of everything, which is good in some aspects and a bit overwhelming in others.
Ms. Bannantyne does an EXCELLENT job of making a primer for the beginning home haunter (even going into Monster Mud), a great guide to anyone throwing a party with lots of great recipes, party decorating and costume ideas, a travel guide for those wanting to experience Halloween in a new a different city that may be famous for the celebration, myths surrounding Halloween, and the trends of Halloween and more...but that is a bit of a downfall of this book.
The book is a bit overwhelming, with comparitively few pictures (the ones present are black and white, which is just fine). I like to somehow catagorize my books and this one just has a little of everything in it which makes it overlooked when I'm looking for a Halloween cookbook, or a how-to book, etc., etc.; I usually pull out a book more targeted to what I'm looking for which is a shame because this book has some wonderful background information on Halloween customs and foods. I somehow wish that she might have considered separating some of her topics into other books.
My personal opinion: You can get some good ideas and use out of it with a little effort.