Unusual, Creative Halloween Costumes You Can't Find at Wal-Mart
Scary Costumes Gave Way to Super Heroes
The earliest Halloween costumes were based on supernatural and folkloric beings, and their purpose was to frighten. Mass media, however, began to influence the costumes and by the time the "flappers" of the "roaring 20's" were fading, costumes representing characters in movies, radio and books saw a rise in popularity, because they were mainly worn by young people who wanted to mimic their favorite super-heroes. Young boys wanted to wear Batman and Superman-like costumes and little girls wanted to be their favorite fairytale princess, or even Cinderella.
By the middle of the 20th century, adults came to embrace Halloween costumes as well, wearing them to parties, work and even out with the children as they went trick-or-treating for candy.
Today, people who are not going out for any reason, but are staying home to hand out candy on Halloween, are choosing to wear costumes as well. It's fun for them, and for the trick-or-treaters who come to their door
If you are creative, you might want to try and modify or even mimic some of the costumes featured in this article. A little bit of ingenuity will go a long way.
"It's as much fun to scare as to be scared."— Vincent Price
The Origin of the Costume-Wearing Tradition
The Halloween tradition of wearing costumes probably originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. During that festival, typically held from sunset on October 31 to sunset on Novembr 1, people would wear costumes with the hope of warding off any ghosts that might be lurking around.
Samhain, however, is also known as the "Festival of the Dead," and is celebrated in America, Canada, Europe and other places by druids, witches, wiccans and other pagans who consider it to be a sacred time and the beginning of a spiritual new year.
One of the earliest references to wearing costumes at Halloween was from Scotland in 1585, although it is believed that they may have been worn even earlier than that.
"Some people put more thought into their Halloween costumes than their careers."— Unknown
'Avatar' Blue Costumes Became Popular After the 2009 Movie
Halloween Costumes May Not Be for Everyone
And, of course, the burning question that should be on everyone's mind this Halloween is this: "What in the world will Lady Gaga's costume be?"
Halloween Has Become More of a Lifestyle Than a Holiday
When you sit around during the entire summer, wishing for Halloween to hurry up, you are definitely among those who now consider the holiday to be a part of their lifestyle - a chance to really express themselves in ways not socially acceptable on any other day of the year.
Make-up Ideas to Get the Full Effect
Sometimes, in order to get the full effect of a costume, special make-up is required so that you have the finished look of whatever character's look you are trying to achieve, so click here to access some awesome videos that will help you with the make-up for some great characters, including Wonder Woman, Belle of "Beauty and the Beast," a zombie, Frankenstein, and others.
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