As we all know today is Halloween. I personally don’t celebrate it,but i think it is a good way of having fun and trying new things regarding fashion .On the other hand, I think that before rushing into becoming a “scary-nurse” or a “hallo-cat”, we should first search a little bit more about the history of this costumes.
Halloween party in 1883
The practice of wearing costumes on Halloween may have originated in the Celtic festival of Samhain, which has ancient, pre-Christian origins and was celebrated on 31 October–1 November in various Celtic nations. It was seen as a liminal time, when the spirits or fairies , and the souls of the dead, could more easily come into our world. From at least the 16th century, the festival included mumming and guising, which involved people going house-to-house in costume, usually reciting verses or songs in exchange for food. In 19th century Scotland, youths went house-to-house with masked, painted or blackened faces, often threatening to do mischief if they were not welcomed.
It is suggested that the costumes were a means of imitating, or disguising oneself .The ancient pagan festival included people wearing masks or costumes to represent spirits, and that faces were marked with ashes taken from the sacred bonfire.”Soaling”, the custom of baking and sharing soul cakes for all christened souls, has been suggested as the origin of trick-or-treating, and “used to consist of parties of children, dressed up in fantastic costume, who went round to the farm houses and cottages, signing a song, and begging for cakes , apples, money, or anything that the goodwives would give them;the practice was mentioned by Shakespeare his play The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Costumes are traditionally those of monsters such as vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts skeletons, witches, goblins, trolls, devils, etc. or in more recent years such science fiction-inspired characters as aliens and superheroes. There are also costumes of pop culture figures like presidents, athletes, celebrities, or characters in film, television, literature, etc. Another popular trend is for women to use Halloween as an excuse to wear sexy or revealing costumes, showing off more skin than would be socially acceptable otherwise.