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History of Halloween costume traditions
There’s seems to be no singular tradition tied to today’s custom of dressing up in costume on Halloween. Some of the folklore is murky at best.
One pre-Christain Celtic festival (samhain or samain, meaning “summer’s end”) involved end-of-summer rituals to ward off tricks played by evil spirits. Much later in Medieval Europe, people would go door-to-door begging for food, especially in fall or winter, sometimes dressed in disguise. Around the 1940s, American children are said to have practiced this custom around Thanksgiving time.
Various other cultures celebrated autumn with harvest festivals that included bon fires and rituals to ward off evil spirits, to celebrate the fall harvest, or simply to provide light and comfort in the darkening days after summer. Still other Christian and non-Christian customs used the time to honor ancestors and visit the graves of loved ones who have passed away. Food and decorations are part of many of these traditions.
Today, the practice of dressing up in costume is a tradition embraced by young and old alike. Costumes provide a fun way to role play and break out of one’s normal routine, whether as a celebrity, super hero, or hideous ghoul.
100+ Halloween costume ideas
To avoid spending a scary amount of money on a costume, check out this list of 101+ cheap and easy Halloween costumes is from our sister website, Living on the Cheap. It’s got ideas for everyone. Just a few that you’ll find are: Playing Card, Tardis from Doctor Who, Medusa, and Zombie Bride.
In fact, there are so many costume ideas that they’re divided into sections: Scary, Real-life people, Pop culture and history, Offbeat, sports themed and animals. Browse all the costume ideas.
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Do you have another idea for cheap DIY Halloween costumes that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below and maybe we can add it to the list. (Email us a photo, too.)
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