Lesley Pratt Bannatyne is an American author who writes extensively on Halloween, especially its history, literature, and contemporary celebration. She contributed the World Book Encyclopedia entry for Halloween and appears as a commentator on the annual October screening of “Haunted History of Halloween” on the History Channel. Bannatyne is also a freelance journalist who’s covered stories ranging from druids in Somerville, Massachusetts to relief workers in Bolivia. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a degree in English.
Quoted as "A foremost authority on Halloween" by Charles F. Rosenay in his review of her latest book "Halloween Nation", Lesley has written five book on Halloween ranging from a children's book, Witches Night Before Halloween, to her latest book Halloween Nation which shows the holiday through the eyes of its celebrants. The book was nominated for a 2011 Bram Stoker Award.
- Halloween Nation. Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night (2011, Pelican Publishing Company)
- Halloween. An American Holiday, An American History (1990, Facts on File; 1998 Pelican)
- A Halloween How To. Costumes, Parties, Decorations, and Destinations (2001, Pelican)
- A Halloween Reader. Stories, Poems, and Plays from Halloweens Past (2004, Pelican)
- Witches’ Night Before Halloween (for children) (2007, Pelican)