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Halloween Costume Origins

Halloween
Costume Origins

The Origins of Deceptive Guises

There’s little doubt that both children and adults enjoy dressing up for Halloween. Some costumes can be inspired by popular culture, but enduring themes tend toward the macabre. This tradition can be traced back nearly 2,000 years to a Celtic New Year’s celebration called Samhain, which was held November 1st. According to National Geographic, the night before Samhain, spirits were thought to walk the Earth as they traveled to the afterlife. To confuse the spirits and avoid being possessed, Celts often wore costumes and masks. The Catholic Church later adopted a similar feast, decreeing November 1st as All Saints' Day, or All Hallows' Day. Through the ages, people continued to observe the night before November 1st with bonfires, costumes, and parades, though under a new name: “All Hallows' Eve,” or what we know now as “Halloween.”

High-Fashion Halloween: Wicked Witches and Masked Men

With all the haunting Halloween costume ideas for children and adults, it's easier than ever to unearth an ensemble that will scare up its share of compliments. Whether you're shopping for something clever and cute or downright devilish, it's fun to choose a theme and find the pieces that will help you achieve the right look.

The witch is one of the most-popular Halloween Costumes of all time. The numerous interpretations on this classic garb—good witch to wicked witch, young enchantress to old crone—add to its acclaim as a perennial favorite. Vampires are also viciously en vogue, and today's vampires range from Gothic-inspired to villainous vixen. Zombies are quickly becoming more and more popular, and we can thank The Walking Dead and Warm Bodies for that. The Zombie costume is as easy as it is gross: lots of dirty looking makeup, (don’t forget red for blood), and ragged clothes with rips and tears. Thanks to Captain Jack Sparrow, a classic pirate costume is a perfect choice for a man. Flowing ghost costumes are eerie, ethereal, and effortless. No matter what you choose, be sure to polish off any getup with the right shoes or boots, headwear, and other accessories.

If a full-blown costume isn't your style, but you still want to get into the Halloween spirit, a simple cloak, cape, or spider web ponchos are excellent options that can be accessorized a myriad of ways and worn for years to come. Shop High–Quality Costumes & Accessories

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