Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween Costumes & History

Happy Halloween Month!
And the first in a series of Halloween related articles.

As Halloween nears, the candy sales in our local stores are on, the sewing or shopping for the best costume continues and the house decorating begins.  Halloween is a time for kids and adults alike to play dress-up and pretend to be a character for a night.

I was watching my cult favorite, "Charmed" and learned about All Hallows Eve.  I was surprised to learn that the history they presented was a true accounting of beliefs long held about October 31, 2012, among certain cultures.  You dressed up to disguise yourself from the souls that walked the streets only on that night.  Intriguing…

In present day, we dress our little ones as pumpkins, carrots, princesses, adorable baby animals like lions and tigers or popular superheroes.

       Then we walk them door to door to gather their treats, lest they play a trick on the homeowner. That history comes from a time centuries ago when the poor people would dress and go door to door begging for food in exchange for a blessing.  The practice has obviously evolved quite a bit from there. Now we dress up, go door to door collecting candy AND committing the tricks, well not all the kids.

Either way, it is a fun, family event that brings neighborhoods together and allows kids to play dress-up.

Halloween has historical roots but is ever evolving.

Enjoy your All Hallows’ Eve!

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