Festivals always bring joy and fun, Halloween is not only that as it is the day you can cosplay a favourite character or a famous one. Have you had any ideas for Halloween costumes? A creepy dancing skeleton or a funny colourful Joker? But first of all, have you known the history of Halloween?
1. Halloween: history and activities
1.1. History of Halloween
Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2022 will occur on Monday, October 31. Halloween appears as a sign of the end of summer and the beginning of the winter seasons. Originally, Halloween had its root from Celtic festival of Samhain and people have traditions of lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to ward off evil spirits or ghosts. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
1.2. Popular activities in Halloween
Halloween has been famous for fun and creative activities which gathers people with so much joy and happiness. Halloween activities have changed through time but still maintain some traditions highlighting Halloween features.
Carving pumpkins with a ghoulish face is a tradition in the Halloween Festival. The practice of decorating jack o’lanterns was brought to America by Irish immigrants. In Irish legend, a guy nicknamed Stingy Jack whose spirit was not welcomed into heaven or hell because he had made bad deals with the devil put the coal into a turnip to guide his way and has been roaming the earth ever since.
In the early 16th century in England, Trick or Treat was customary for those who were poor to go to the wealthier houses and receive “soul cakes” in exchange for a prayer for the souls of the owners’ dead relatives. Later, children took over the tradition by going from door to door asking for food, money and ale.
1.2.3.Bobbing for Apples
Originally, Bobbing for Apples is tied to love and romance as women in Britain would attempt to bite floating apples named for their male suitor. If the woman succeeded in biting the apple after one try, she and her mate were fated for love. By the end of the 1800s, this practice was brought back for Halloween gatherings in the United States after it lost popularity in Ireland and England.
1.2.4.Lighting Candles and Bonfires
According to the early history of Halloween, Lighting bonfires were used to light the way for souls seeking the afterlife. These days, lighting candles and bonfires have replaced the large traditional blazes.
1.2.5. Wearing Scary Costumes
The Celtics believed that the ghosts wandering around the Earth during Samhain; therefore, they had to get creative to avoid being terrorized by evil spirit. People wear scary costumes related to skulls, witches, skeletons, etc to fake out the ghosts so they would be mistaken for spirits themselves and left alone. Lately, the development of subculture has enriched the way people dress up for Halloween. Halloween costumes have been no longer limited to scary and terrifying clothes but also colourful and creative ones which could be inspired from movies, TV shows or hot events around the world.
2. Top ideas for Halloween costumes
While nature and beauty are the inspiration of poets, Halloween participants might get inspiration from any sources that are funny - crazy - wild for their Halloween costumes as long as it is catchy or express themselves. Characters from a movie, a couple of dramatic love stories. When you read this line, any ideas for Halloween costumes have come to your mind? Let’s find out some of the following Halloween costumes:
2.1. Halloween costume ideas for children
Spider-man’s power has always been kids' favourite. He is not the brute force brawler as Thor or the tech genius as Tony Stark. He is smaller, like the kids are, he is younger and he is a bit more creative than his other superhero counterparts. Therefore, he is able to create intuitive solutions to his problems, much like children do. Moreover, Spider-man is also bullied and his real life is a mess. So do the kids. Kids as little Spider-man always dream of having such strong power to rescue the world and help people.
According to Psychology Today, scary moments trigger endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine which we also experience when we are happy, excited and surprised. For kids especially, trying something scary ‘fun’ offers enough distance to engage with it, make it feel a little more in their control and make them feel that they have gained a sense of some mastery over something unknown.
2.2. Halloween costume ideas for single
Although Bruno may be the “black sheep” of the Madrigal family, he ties together the movie because he is the missing piece needed to save the family and also because so many fun and unique things are done with his character. Bruno's character gives many people empathy who considered themselves as a black sheep. Bruno's clothes are visibly worn with his poncho being rough at the edges and his shirt collar being unbuttoned and loose, adding to his ragged look which is a perfect costume for this Halloween
Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was incredibly hot in May as a good sign that this costume will rise to fame this Halloween.
2.3. Halloween costume ideas for couples
Skeleton has always been considered a bad sign for years while wedding a lucky and merry one so it will be fantastically interesting and unique to combine such two contrast symbols. It is also a proof to say that people find the good in the bad, as the way our ancestors turn the grey winter season into a cheerful Halloween festival.
Amber Heard and Johnny Deep in roles of Mera in Aquaman and Jack Sparrow in Pirates of Caribbean have just finished their dramatic marriage story in June. These two characters will promisely be ironic and hilarious costumes for couples on this Halloween night.
Halloween festival brings joy to everyone and Halloween costumes are considered to play important roles in it. There is eternal inspiration to create Halloween costumes for kids, singles or couples. Make your own Halloween costumes or get them at Tatkuink with various incredible and impressive designs.