Halloween is coming up and most of you may already be thinking about how to dress up. In this article, we’ll give you over 75 Halloween costume ideas for the big and dress and tell you some interesting facts about this enchanting party. Scroll on.
Halloween costume ideas and short history of the festival
Halloween – where does the custom come from?
Usually we associate Halloween with putting on costumes, collecting sweets, having parties, etc. But have you ever wondered how these traditions came about? The history of the festival dates back to the Iron Age (800-600 BC) and is a mixture of pagan, Celtic, Catholic and ancient Roman traditions. The 31st of October was the last day of the Celtic calendar and was a feast day that brought death to life, nature and the harvest. The Galen believed that the dead could walk among the living on this day (but they could not contact them). That day was your New Year celebration. They called him “Samhain,” or translated into German – “the end of summer.” When the Romans in the 1st century BC. In Gaul (modern France) and Great Britain, they invaded some of the traditions of the celebration. The ancient Roman festivals of the dead – Parantalia and Feralia, were celebrated as Halloween and spread throughout Europe.
Creative Halloween costume ideas
The history of typical Halloween activities
The Celts were polyteists. At the Samhein, they performed many rituals and ceremonies to connect with the spirits. Although not much is known about it, many believe that the Celts celebrated this day by dressing costumes and making pumpkin lanterns. The Celts wore gruesome costumes so the warning spirits would confuse them with other ghosts. Some of them offered sweets to the spirits to appease them. Over time, as Christianity became one of the best-known religions, the basic traditions of the celebration remained popular. But they were modernized. The mythical rituals evolved into happy games and various activities. Some of the most popular Halloween games these days are, for example, apple-bobbing, ghost racing, mummy-wrapping etc.
Halloween traditions also included ghost protection practices. The British believed that the fire dispelled the evil spirits and made fire pits in the cemeteries. The Spaniards visited the cemeteries and graves with holy water and milk. The French monks sent prayers to the saints.
Halloween customs and traditions
The custom “Trick or Treat”
Tricks have long been part of the Halloween party. In the late 1800s, this custom was very popular. In America and Canada, people opened their gates, pelted the houses with eggs, etc. But in the 1920s and 1930s, these pranks began to border on vandalism and being dangerous. Then the custom “trick or treat” was invented as a safe alternative. This custom was still practiced today.
Halloween over the years
Christian and Irish influence
Some evangelical Christians have expressed their opinion that Halloween somehow seems satanic because of its roots in pagan rituals. Although the feast Samhein had long since disappeared, when the Catholic Church began to persecute witches because of Satanism, there were disputes over whether Halloween should be celebrated. Because of the campaign of the French church against Halloween, the French did not celebrate the festival until 1990. But nowadays people go from shop to shop (not door to door) to collect sweets. The children sometimes ask for flowers or money to decorate the tombstones. In the other countries, the festival is traditionally celebrated.
It is believed that the earliest Irish immigrants brought the Halloween customs to North America. Afterwards, in the middle of the 20th century, Halloween became a festival for the children. Since that time, Halloween began to enjoy ever-increasing popularity as adults, communities, and institutions (such as schools, etc.) recorded it.
Over the centuries, various supernatural beings such as fairies and witches have been associated with Halloween, among others. And more than a century ago, it was believed in Ireland that on this festival the spirits of the dead returned to Earth. The custom of dressing up as a ghost or witch has become more and more popular and the festival is becoming more and more commercialized over time. The range of covers for children and adults has been extended far beyond Monster. Nowadays many people disguise themselves as superheroes, princesses etc.
Which are the most popular Halloween costumes this year?
If you’re wondering how to dress up for Halloween, you can not go wrong with the classics in costumes like Witch, Mummy, Vampire, Zombie, etc. Here are some costume ideas that are popular this year:
- Wonder Woman: Diana Price can do anything – she is a peaceful diplomat and an excellent warrior. In the 2017 movie Gal Gadot, her retro outfit has changed with a modern costume that perfectly emphasizes her inner strength.
- Daenerys Targaryen: The silver-haired queen of Game of Thrones never gives up as ruler of the seven kings and continues on her way to glory. She is a source of inspiration and a good role model.
- Fairy: Fairies are ghostly mythical creatures gifted with magical powers. They are a classic Halloween costumes.
- The Joker and Harley: In the movie “Suicide Squad” Margot Robbie and Jared Leto embody Harley Qwinn and the Joker. This is a great idea for Halloween costumes for couple.
- Bonnie and Clyde: Bonnie and Clyde are criminals who robbed banks, businesses and more during the Great Depression. The 1967 film of the same name is based on a true story.
- Costumes for the little ones: The little ones look very cute in a Halloween costume. Creative ideas for a Halloween costume for her darling are for example: Yoda, Stitch of “Lilo and Stitch”, Shrek, Minnie or Mickey Mouse, Taco, the grandfather of the movie “Up”, Popeye the sailor etc.
Halloween costume ideas and inspirations
Cool idea for couple – the Joker and Harley
Halloween costumes for the whole family
“Last Minute” Halloween Costume – Angel
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The Halloween looks of the stars
Halloween Costume Ideas: Lilo and Stitch
Halloween costumes by H & M
Costume idea for siblings – Pippi Longstocking
A cool idea for the Star Wars fans
Vampire costumes for man
Costume ideas for the little ones
Toy Story Inspiration
Pirate and witch
Alice in Wonderland
Spaghetti and Parmesan
These two are undoubtedly very creative!
Children’s costume for Halloween – the evil witch