posted on Oct, 7 2012 @ 09:57 PM
Here we are again my ATS friends. Its October and that means Halloween is right around the corner. Have you prepared your costumes yet? I thought I
would take the opportunity to give a little history of this holiday tradition.
The tradition of its celebration began almost 2000 years ago with the Celts and their celebration of New Years Day or Samhain(pronounced Sow-ehn). It
was believed that this night was where the veil between the worlds was the thinnest. This would allow demons to enter our realm for this night only.
The Adults would light bonfires and dress up, usually in skins and furs, to scare off or confuse the demons so that they would not possess members of
This began to change when Pope Gregory III( pope from 11 February 731 to 28 November 741) moved All Saints Day to November 1st and the practice of
Samhain was adopted by the Catholic Church and it became known as All Hallows(Hallow means saint, or one who is holy) Eve, later shortened to
Halloween. In England, people went house to house "souling"(asking for small breads known as soul cakes in exchange for prayers, it later became
asking for food and drink in return for a performance or song). In some areas people went "mumming" (parading in masks) on many holidays, including
Although Masquerade parties were popular, it wasn't until the early 20th century that it became common practice for children to join into the practice
of dressing up and joining into the festivities, candy replaced foods, and costumes were not available in stores until the 1930s which it began to
become commercialized and commonly known characters became costumes for the children to wear. Costumes themes really have not changed much especially
the witch. Here are some examples of old costumes from the early 1900s to today.
It is interesting to note that the swastika was openly used for its original meaning prior to the Nazi adaptation of it in WWII which was an ancient
symbol for life.
Although witches costumes have pretty much been risque for their time as seen in the lack of leggings in the 1928 photo it was the 1940s that it
really became apparent.
It appears that the popular costume is some sort of zombie theme
Well there you have it Ladies and Gentlemen a history of popular costumes for the best holiday of the year(arguably lol)
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