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Halloween Fancy Dress Costumes - Michael Myers Masks

Updated on May 31, 2015

The origins of Halloween and Freddy Krueger fancy dress costumes

Halloween originated as an end of harvest celebration called Samhain when it used to be regarded as the Celtic new year. The ancient Celts thought that on 31st October (now called Halloween) the boundary between the dead and the living dissolved and that the living were threatened by the dead who could cause problems such as sickness or by damaging crops. The Halloween costumes and masks that are used to mark Halloween today go back to the Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them.

So even though celebrating Halloween is much more prevalent in the United States than Europe or the UK, the origins for the tradition came primarily from Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Halloween imagery tends to involve death, evil and the occult which is why we have the scary Halloween costumes that everyone runs around in today as they go about their trick or treating visits to peoples homes. In Scotland there are still traditions of children going 'guising' rather than trick or treating, where they sing a song or tell a story for their reward, no where near as much fun.

Traditional Halloween Costumes represent , ghosts, skeletons, witches and devils and these days are often influenced by the entertainment industry with people copying their favorite TV, movie or pop music characters.

A great example of this is the Michael Myers mask that was made famous in the film called 'Halloween' which was written and directed by John Carpenter in 1978. Other characters that have influenced scary Halloween costumes are Freddy Krueger from a 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and Jason Voorhees from Friday 13th when it was actually Jason's mother dressed as her dead son that was doing the grisly deeds, a great idea then for scary Halloween costumes for women.

A costume is actually the description given to a set of clothing that someone might wear to say something about their personality, hence the reason actors wear costume to reinforce the character they are playing in a film or play. Halloween costumes tend to be placed under the category of 'fancy dress' which is an attire worn to attend a party when it is given a particular theme, so if you are wearing a Freddy Krueger fancy dress costume for Halloween then that is perfectly acceptable attire for the evening.

Thanks to Wikipedia for most of this information.

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Halloween Fancy Dress Costumes

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So is it a Michael Jackson mask or a Michael Myers mask for you?

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      joralyn 7 years ago

      very nice entertainment

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Nice to see a new comment on this hub, I guess Halloween is just around the corner so We can all start getting prepared for it again and create even better costumes than last year.

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      John @ Moulin Rouge Fancy Dress 7 years ago

      Excellent hub - very informative - and interesting to know that the origins of Haloween were in the UK. Isn't it strange how the US has taken it on far more enthusiastically than the originators.

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      LazarDRod 8 years ago

      "With my baby dressing up as a baseball this year..." Haha! I was dressed up as a baseball when I was a baby, too.

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      drcrischasse 8 years ago from NH/Foxboro

      With my baby dressing up as a baseball this year, Holloween has new meaning to me. When my wife was pregnant last year I carved my first pumpkin in years.

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Thanks guys, diversification is the name of the game, its good to eat and Halloween in October is a pretty popular topic.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Yeah, this is a very interesting hub. Quite different from your other articles. Thanks!

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      mulberry1 8 years ago

      I love the old horor movies but can't say that I've celebrated Halloween in years. Used to enjoy fabricating my own costumes.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Enjoyed the hub, Brian. Interesting info about hallowe'en and costumes. I never saw the movie "Halloween". Looks pretty scary!

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      propsnfrocks 8 years ago

      Nice hub brains.

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Thanks for the comments everyone, a bit of a change in direction but in response to the Hubmob topic of the week. I actually quite enjoyed doing a little bit of research into Halloween and as noted tried to find a little bit of a different perspective on how we look at the event.

      That wicked witch is pretty scary so maybe she could one of your dodgy costumes Amanda.

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      Hi Brian, this is a different kind of hub from your usual ones, but a good read nonetheless. Yep, it's that time of year again. Time for me to get out the sewing machine and run up more dodgy costumes!

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      Anath 8 years ago

      Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger plagued my childhood nightmares. Funnily enough the most freaky character that I still find scary -and still have nightmares with if I see her- is the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz!

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Great hub, and from a slightly different perspective.

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Hi Princessa, yes this one was a bit quick, one of the benefits of being in Europe I guess, we have a head start.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      You were quick Brian, congratulations on being the first one submitting a hub for this week's topic.