The Curious History of Halloween with Lesley BannatyneThe Forest Hills Cemetery and Forest Hills Educational Trust welcomes author and leading authority on Halloween Lesley Bannatyne for a lecture at Forsyth Chapel

Sunday, October 21st at 2PM

A leading authority on Halloween, Lesley Bannatyne traces our onetime children’s holiday-turned-adult-carnival from its origins in northwestern Europe through its recent explosion in popularity in the States. Drawing on research from her latest book, Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night, Bannatyne looks at everything from the holiday’s Irish and Scottish origins, its popularity with Victorian Americans, its incarnation as a children’s holiday, and its transformation into a holiday for everyone—from horror fans to giant pumpkin growers to whole towns—to discover what makes Halloween so fascinating for so many people.

$10 for advance tickets
$12 day of the event

One of the country’s foremost authorities on Halloween, Lesley Bannatyne has shared her knowledge on television specials for the History Channel, with Time Magazine, Slate, National Geographic, and contributed the Halloween article to World Book Encyclopedia. Lesley has written five books on Halloween, ranging from a children’s book, Witches Night Before Halloween, to her latest book, Halloween Nation, which was a finalist for a 2011 Bram Stoker Award. Her other titles are A Halloween How-To: Costumes, Parties, Destinations, Decorations (2001); A Halloween Reader: Poems, Stories, and Plays from Halloweens Past (2004), and Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History, which celebrated 25 years in print in 2015. For two shining years, 2007-2009, she held the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Halloween gathering.

Books by the author will be available for purchase!