I was at the library yesterday with my daughter, and she wanted to get a bunch of books about Halloween crafts and decorations (I didn't get it either, but figured what better time to get library books on Halloween than in July? They'll be scarce come autumn). Anyway, I found a few books for myself on the cultural history of the holiday, and a bout of insomnia allowed me to finish Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, by Nicholas Rogers. A quick (172 pages) and easy primer on the history behind the day. Next up: Death Takes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween, by David J. Skal. Already looking forward to this October!